Fact vs. Fiction About Oral Health for Kids

The truth about flossing, bleeding gums and the impact of asthma inhalers As part of our Community Oral Health Initiatives, which is helping to improve the health of children and families in North Philly, Judy Gelinas (director of Oral Health Initiatives housed at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children) has been getting the word out about oral health fact and fiction. Here are three common assumptions she helps to shed light on: “Healthy gums don’t bleed.” True: Bleeding means your gums are...Read more...

Poverty: A Powerful Influence on Inner City Kids

Find out what the crack epidemic has taught researchers about the health and well being of families in North Philadelphia By the late 1980s, Philadelphia was submerged into a crack-cocaine epidemic that was not only claiming the lives of adults, but also exposing babies to the dangerous drug in-utero. In 1989, Hallam Hurt, then the chair of neonatology at Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia, set out to study the impact of this highly addictive drug on newborns, specifically...Read more...

The Truth About Tooth Decay in Kids

A few ways to prevent oral health problems at an early age Fact: Tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fact: More than a quarter of all children have decay in their baby teeth by the time they start kindergarten. Fact: Nearly 68 percent of teens ages 16 to 19 have decay in their adult teeth. So what can we do to help eradicate this dental health epidemic? The American Association of Pediatrics has...Read more...

How to Teach Kids About Nutrition

Get the family involved with a few simple steps. Plus: How to sign up for our Farm to Families program today. Anni Daulter, a professional cook, nutrition expert and author of several books, including The Organic Family Cookbook, recently shared tips about how to encourage children to eat healthier. “The more parents can do to involve children in the process, the decisions on what they are eating and where their food comes from,” she says, “the better off they will be at helping them learn...Read more...