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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Promoting Oral Health Services Through Local Food Bank

ORAL HEALTH HKPR UNIT OUTREACH 

Omemee and Dunsford Foodbank clients will receive toothbrushes, and oral health information during April - Oral Health month,
when Health Unit Staff visit Kawartha Lakes Foodbanks this month.

HKPR District Health Unit Visiting Foodbanks

During Oral Health Month in April and over the ensuing weeks, Health Unit staff will be visiting local food banks to distribute toothbrushes and other oral health resources. Special efforts will also be made to share information with local families about financial-support programs that can offset the costs of dental treatment.

Healthy Smiles Ontario Program Promotion

 One oral health program is Healthy Smiles Ontario,which can cover the costs of preventive and early dental treatment for children and teens up to age of 17 years.
'Our goal is to talk up the importance of good oral health and provide information about Health Unit programs and services that may be able to benefit local residents,' says Anna Rusak, an Oral Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. 
 To date, local food bank operators have been very supportive of the Health Unit's outreach. According to Rusak, making connections with people through area food banks is also beneficial for the Health Unit.
 'Frequently, people only call us when there is an emergency,'Rusak notes. 'We're hoping that through this initiative, we can reach more people before there is a problem by providing them with information about preventive dental services and programs.'
  • Omemee Foodbank is in Christ Church Anglican Basement 62 King Street East, Omemee 2pm 3rd Monday of each month -line up starts at noon first come first served.
  • Dusford Foodbank 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month 10:00 - noon at Dunsfrd United Church 1981 Sturgeon Road
  • Bethany Foodbank is open 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. third Wednesday of every month at Bethany United Church
  • Janetville Foodbank is open 10am - 4pm Wednesday to Friday during Thrift Shop hours at Janetville United Church Manse Please call  705-324-4006 for details
  • Millbrook Food Share is fully accessible and open The second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month 3 pm-5 pm at Old Millbrook School,A 1 Dufferin St. Main Contact -Clarke Mayhew Phone: (Residence) 705-932-5218

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