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March 2017
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The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is pleased to share the following news and resources to help in your efforts to prevent dental caries and obesity in children. 

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Publication

The following publication was written in response to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored Healthy Futures conference:
  • Tinanoff T, Holt K. 2017. Children's Sugar Consumption: Obesity and Dental Caries. Pediatric Dentistry. Jan 15;39(1):12-13.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)

NCCOR brings together four of the nation's leading research funders–the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture–to address the problem of childhood obesity in America. NCCOR launched the Measures Registry User Guides in February to help childhood obesity researchers and practitioners choose appropriate measures for their research and evaluation efforts. The User Guides build on NCCOR’s Measures Registry—a free, online repository of scientific articles about measures—and are widely recognized as a key resource for researchers and practitioners to access detailed information on measures in one easy-to-search location. The four User Guides focus on core areas of childhood obesity research: individual diet, food environment, individual physical activity, and physical activity environment.

NCCOR is hosting a two-part webinar series on the Measures Registry User Guides. The User Guides provide an overview of measurement, describe general principles of measurement selection, present case studies that walk users through the process of using the Measures Registry, and direct researchers and practitioners to additional resources.

On Wednesday, March 29, at 2 p.m. ET, the first webinar will cover the Individual Diet and Food Environment Guides. The event is free; registration is required.


In the Popular Press

"Mapping a path to better oral health: Understanding social networks could help deliver better health information to those who need it most," published Sunday, February 19, 2017, on Boston University's Research blog.
CHOICES
The CHOICES (Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost Effectiveness Study) project examined the cost-effectiveness and impact of a one cent per ounce city excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the 15 largest US cities (with the authority to implement such a tax). Results are also shown for each of the 15 cities.

Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles
This web page from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) features clear, concise handouts for families in English and Spanish, including the title "Choosing Healthy Drinks for Your Young Child" ("Cómo escoger bebidas saludables para su niño pequeño"). See also, "Cook’s Corner: Recipes for Healthy Snacks" in English and Spanish, with recipes compiled from the monthly Brush Up on Oral Health e-newsletter.

Observe National Public Health Week (NPHW): 
April 3-9, 2017

  1. Become a partner: Show your support for public health and prevention!
  2. Submit an event: Add your NPHW event to the hundreds of celebrations nationwide.
  3. Take Action: Take one small step each day for a healthier life. 
  4. Attend an event: Join your community to celebrate NPHW.
  5. Step it up: Join the 1 Billion Steps Challenge. Let's get everyone moving!

American Public Health Association's Vision: Create the Healthiest Nation in One Generation

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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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