January 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.

Guest Editorial on Nutrition Education for Oral Health Professionals

The January issue of the Journal of Dental Education includes a guest editorial, "Nutrition Education for Oral Health Professionals: A Must, Yet Still Neglected." Authors Saima Khan, Katrina Holt, and Norman Tinanoff explain how nutrition education for oral health professionals has failed to prepare those graduates to provide nutritional education effectively, despite resolutions passed by the American Dental Association to do so. The authors propose that academic dental institutions address deficiencies in nutrition education according to the principles of research, formation of a curricular group, vertical integration of content, evaluation, faculty training, and innovation. 

U.S. Misses Obesity, Food Safety 'Winnable Goals,' Meets Others

Progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing, despite dedicated efforts to fight these public health threats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a frank self-assessment of its "winnable battles" campaign to focus on certain health problems. While there have been clear successes, other areas have seen little change or even gotten worse. Particularly disappointing is the battle against childhood obesity, said CDC Director Thomas Frieden. But there has been real progress in other areas. For example adult smoking was reduced by more than 17 percent, and youth smoking by 12 percent. The goal of cutting the teen birth rate by 20 percent also was met. CDC's final "winnable battles" report is at

The Hill: CrossFit brings lobbyists to its war on soda

In this December 1, 2016, article for The Hill, Megan R. Wilson reports on CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman's concern about chronic disease and the public health consequences of the corruption of health sciences. The article goes on to discuss the interaction between research and industry funding with examples and comments from industry and professional associations.

New York Times Tool to Calculate Added Sugar

The New York Times article, "How Much Sugar Can You Avoid Today" features a tool that shows how many common grocery store items contain added sugar. Use the tool to choose meal items and it computes the total grams of added sugar. The article, by David Leonhardt, was published on December 30, 2016. See also a companion article by Mr. Leonhardt, "A Month Without Sugar," published that same day.
Change Talk: Changing the Conversation About Childhood Obesity
This free web resource and mobile app is designed to help health professionals learn to manage challenging family and patient conversations about diet and lifestyle choices. Change Talk is a virtual practice environment in which health care providers learn to apply motivational interviewing techniques. Providers practice helping the virtual patient and family identify motivation for change, and support them to implement modifications to their diet, screen time habits, and exercise routines. Change Talk is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight and Kognito.

Resource Highlights: Nutrition and Oral Health
This web page features several materials produced by OHRC and others providing high-quality information about nutrition and oral health. It includes Key Facts, a presentation of statements supported by references from the recent professional literature focusing on oral health and nutrition. The statements can be integrated into a brief or report, a proposal, or a presentation. 
Reader Submission: Fed Up
Fed Up
, a film by Stephanie Soechtig, is a documentary on the topic of obesity and the role of sugar and the food industry in this epidemic. More importantly, it provides wonderful insights and examples of policy in supporting or fighting this epidemic. 
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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