December 2016
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Welcome to the inaugural message of Preventing Dental Caries and Obesity in Children (PDCOC) News, an e-mail service from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center to announce news and resources and connect the oral health and obesity-prevention communities.

PDCOC News was created in response to the Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention National Conference, held November 3–4, 2016, in Washington, DC. Over 125 leaders from academia, professional associations and societies, coalitions, government agencies, the dental insurance industry, the dental trade industry, philanthropic organizations, and community programs met to discuss evidence-based recommendations and strategies that oral health professionals, oral-health- related organizations, and others can employ to prevent childhood obesity. 

In ADA News: Dentists in unique position when dealing with childhood obesity

The November 7, 2016, article in ADA News provided coverage of the Healthy Futures conference. 

Improvement in Obesity: Young Children Enrolled in WIC

According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, obesity among children ages 2 to 4 years who are enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) decreased from 15.9 percent in 2010 to 14.5 percent in 2014. In addition, 34 of 56 WIC state agencies reported modest decreases in
obesity among young children.

Early Child Care Obesity-Prevention State Indicators Report

CDC's Early Care and Education State Indicator Report tracks state policies that aim to prevent obesity in child care settings. The 2016 report examines 15 measures regarding each state's licensing regulations for high-impact obesity prevention standards. From 2011-2014, 25 states made licensing updates and all included obesity prevention. Mississippi leads the nation, meeting 15 of 47 high-impact obesity prevention standards. The State of Obesity, a collaborative project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, produced graphics to explore the indicators in the CDC report.
Change Talk: Childhood Obesity
The American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight has partnered with New York-based Kognito, leaders in immersive learning experiences that drive positive change in health behaviors, to launch a new tool for pediatricians in the fight to reduce childhood obesity. Change Talk: Childhood Obesity is a web-based module and mobile app designed to help health professionals utilize motivational interviewing techniques to navigate challenging family and patient conversations regarding childhood obesity.

Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention National Conference
Find resources like the press release, program, papers, presentations, faculty, authors, and links to oral health- and nutrition-related guidelines, policies, positions, and resolutions by federal agencies and national organizations.
Healthy Futures conference
From the Campaign for Dental Health Newsletter
Oral health advocates are not the only ones raising awareness about the harmful effects of sugar. People working in obesity and diabetes prevention around the country are sounding the same alarms and doing so more loudly every day. Frequently you will see all three – obesity, diabetes and tooth decay – mentioned together. When you don't, please make it a point to contact the source and ask to have oral health included among the preventable childhood diseases associated with sugar consumption in all its forms. And of course recommend including wording about drinking water that contains fluoride!
We want to hear from you! Do you have information that you would like to share about work that you, your organization, or others are doing to help prevent prevent dental caries and obesity in children? Are you aware of useful resources that we can share with others? Please contribute to the effort by submitting your ideas.
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