Oral Health Programs
In schools, child care centers and after-care settings throughout the Lancaster Community, the staff at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health offers oral health education programs for preschool and elementary students. Amidst stories and laughter, we promote brushing, flossing, and healthy eating to groups of children eager to discuss their wiggly, wayward teeth. To request an Oral Health Program, please contact our Education Department at 717.397.7625.
Let’s Talk Teeth
- 30-minute program
- Up to 60 children per session
- Ages 2-12
Our 30 minute oral health experience is a snack-sized, age-appropriate program with loads of information to chew on. We invite participants to bring their stories to the table and we share ours about brushing, flossing and healthy food and drink choices. We review the unhealthy habits that can leave a bad taste in your mouth and we make a meal of our trip to the dentist where bright smiles are the main course. Every participant leaves with a bag of tasty treats (toothbrush, floss, etc.) to help them make healthy habits and healthy smiles at home.
Sink Your Teeth Into Science
- 60-minute program
- Up to 25 children per session
- Ages 9-10
Need to do more to satisfy the cravings of curious young minds? With our 60 minute program, we invite 3rd and 4th graders to whet their appetites with the best practices in oral hygiene. They will feast on activities that allow them to explore, observe, and test why brushing, flossing, and eating well are healthy habits. Guaranteed, every participant leaves with a bag of tasty treats and a smile on her face!
We Talk Teeth Too
All learners need reminders to make healthy choices! The staff at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health can work with you to customize an oral hygiene lesson that is right for your audience. We welcome the opportunity to support parents with young children, teens, high-risk audiences, and students with special needs. Please contact us to discuss how we can serve your group.
Behavioral Health Programs
We teach children if they spend two minutes brushing their teeth twice-a-day, they will be well on their way to starting a healthy habit that leads to a lifetime of healthy smiles. If we apply this same idea to our children’s mental well-being, we give them even more reasons to smile. Thus, we are expanding our children’s health education programs to include topics in behavioral health.
Let's Take Two
As a companion program to our most popular oral health education experience, “Let’s Talk Teeth,” we will be offering “Let’s Take Two”- a program that aims to build children’s emotional intelligence – helping them learn to understand and express their feelings in healthy ways. Each of the healthy habits we recommend takes just two minutes to try and every participating child will receive instruction, a timer and the tools they need to continue to make healthy choices at home. The experience is ideal for children ages 6-9.
Community Health Programs
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with your group or organization on a health education program that is just right for your audience. We are currently coordinating a county-wide oral health initiative and supporting the wellness practices of a local school district. We also support health and physical education instruction and provide workshops for caregivers, older students, and special needs populations in a variety of settings throughout the county.
Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge
Consider running a Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge for Lancaster children and families at your school or organization. Designed as a county-wide effort to end children’s tooth decay, the challenge inspires 10 weeks of tooth-brushing that is positively habit-forming for young children throughout Lancaster. The Healthy Habits, Healthy Smiles! Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge reinforces and expands existing oral health activities in your home or school. For more information about this program, visit the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge.
We support the health and wellness efforts of school districts interested in expanding or reinforcing nutrition education initiatives. We are currently working with the Columbia Borough School District to increase students’ exposure to fruits and vegetables and measure changes in student preferences for healthy food options.
Among the fifth and sixth grade students at Columbia Middle School Taylor Campus, 28% report eating vegetables 3 or more times a day and 32% report eating fruit 3 or more times a day. In the first year of the program fruit and vegetable consumption rose 6% and students enthusiastically ate fruits and vegetables two times a week for 32 weeks!
CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health has designed a nutrition education series to increase students’ knowledge and confidence in making healthy food choices. Using population dose methods developed by Kaiser Permanente, the Center for Community Health and Evaluation, and the Nutrition Policy Institute we can add up and describe the impact of our health promotion strategies, such as taste tasting of local fruits and vegetables and nutrition education events. Student surveys after each intervention provide insight into students’ likes and dislikes, influencing program options made by the food service department and the educators at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. The infographic at the left is one example of the data collected from an Applesauce Demonstration provided by Heritage Creek Farm and Education Center.
For more information about this initiative, please contact our Education Department at 717.397.7625.
Health Hero Training Camp
Germs don’t stand a chance against a trained health hero! Take aim on tooth decay, launch an attack on plaque, run the MyPlate relay, and toss around all sorts of healthy ideas with this action-packed, self-guided program. The Health Hero Training Camp is an active approach to oral health and nutrition education; helping kids learn about their bodies with their bodies and inspiring a bit of healthy competition. Ideal for your library, recreation center or school, the Health Hero Training Camp is an experience you can bring to life by just borrowing the kit. You get all materials and an Educator’s Guide to assist adult facilitators. Return the kit after one week and borrow it as often as you like. The experience is ideal for children ages 5-12.