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Calories, Cavities, and Kids: The Role of Dental Professionals in Addressing Childhood Obesity

The National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) is proud to promote this webinar on the role of dental professionals in addressing childhood obesity. Speaker Robin Wright, Ph.D., is the Director of the Research and Policy Center of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. About 32 percent of children ages 2–18 are either overweight or obese, facing both short-term health consequences and significant health problems in adulthood. Oral health care providers have an excellent opportunity to promote healthy weight in children in view of their frequent contact with pediatric patients and conversations with parents about sugar-containing beverages, the single largest category of caloric intake in children. 

This session discusses what oral health professionals are doing now – and what more we could do – in terms of information and other interventions about nutrition and healthy weight with the parents of child patients. One (1) continuing dental education (CDE) credit will be offered. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Explain the association between sugar-containing beverages, caries and childhood obesity. 
2. Describe the attitudes of both parents and oral health professionals toward nutritional and weight counseling in a dental setting. 
3. Identify the barriers that prevent oral health professionals from providing interventions related to childhood obesity. 
4. Recognize effective strategies for oral health professionals to address childhood obesity in collaboration with other health professionals.

 

Please register for Calories, Cavities, and Kids: The Role of Dental Professionals in Addressing Childhood Obesity on Feb 5, 2018 12:00 PM MST at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6538520060007980289

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