Washington DC Oral Health Zone Joins United Way for “Fun, Fly, Fit: Family Health Night”
On November 20, the Washington DC Oral Health Zone and University of Maryland Students United with America’s ToothFairy (SUAT) Chapter joined the United Way "Fun, Fly, Fit: Family Health Night" at Hollywood Elementary School in College Park, Maryland. Local students and their families were invited to attend the event, which promoted healthy eating, active lifestyles and overall wellness. The SUAT members provided oral health demonstrations and distributed educational information to families in attendance.
Following are reflections from some of the SUAT members:
“Today's event really showed me how important it is to educate others about oral health preventative measures. The kids showed a lot of enthusiasm and really conveyed learning something new or reinforcing something they already knew. I had a ton of fun as well as the kids." - Nicole Lozon (pictured right), SUAT President and Neurobiology & Physiology Major
“What a wonderful way to watch these children learn about what their smile is all about! It was so adorable and such a rewarding experience.” - Junior General Biology Major
"This was a great way to reach out to the community. Interactive activities help children understand the importance of maintaining good oral health. It was fun to hear children's thoughts on oral health. It feels like I can make a difference in this community through this type of event." - Sophomore Biology & Nutrition Major
“I had a great time talking and interacting with the kids as the toothfairy. One of the girls asked if I was the real toothfairy and I said I was one of many!” - Junior Neurobiology & Physiology Major
Four additional Family Health Nights are slated to take place at various elementary schools in the Maryland region. For more information or to volunteer, contact Chelsie White, Washington DC Oral Health Zone Manager, or visit the Washington DC Oral Health Zone page.