CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and Library System of Lancaster County Offer FREE “Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge” for Lancaster Families
“Ready, Set, Brush!” improves oral health habits Lancaster County youth
LANCASTER, PA – CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and the Library System of Lancaster County are proud to present the third-annual Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge, a FREE educational program designed to encourage children to create and maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. This 10-week initiative begins Sept. 10, 2018 and runs through Dec. 10, 2018 and is open to all children and families throughout Lancaster County. Families interested in participating may pick up materials at any of the 17 public libraries throughout Lancaster County or visit the library’s Bookmobile.
“The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge is a unique and fun way to help inspire children to take time out for their health leading to a lifetime of healthy habits and smiles,” said Lori McCracken, director of education at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. “This is a great FREE program for children throughout Lancaster County.”
Children who register to participate will receive a free Health Hero Starter Pack. The Health Hero Starter Pack includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, caregiver information and ten “Smile Counter” scratch-off cards designed to help children track brushing progress at home. To locate a participating library, click here.
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Each time the participant brushes in the morning and at night, they can scratch the plaque off a tooth on the card. Completed cards can be placed in specially marked mailboxes in the libraries, which will be mailed to Hank the Health Hero, the lovable and imaginative puppet and champion of the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge. Hank the Health Hero will be making appearances throughout the 10 weeks the program runs at libraries throughout the county.
“As an organization committed to fostering and nurturing the well-being of our community, we are proud to partner again with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to bring the Brushing Challenge to children throughout Lancaster County,” said Bonnie Young, executive director for the Library System of Lancaster County. “This fun and educational program has been a wonderful way to encourage healthy habits for our youngest community members.”
The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge is one of many ways CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health strives to improve the overall health and well-being of children and families in the Lancaster community. The organization’s mission encompasses multiple efforts such as educational programs as well as services including two Dental Centers, a Behavioral Health Center and the recently announced St. John Neumann School for Children and Families planned to open in 2020 – all which serve children regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.
“Our continued partnership with the Library System of Lancaster County allows us to reach the community in a distinctive way who may not otherwise know of our various services and programs,” said Philip Goropoulos, president of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. “We thank the Library System of Lancaster County for their continued support in outreach to our community.”
About CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health
A location of Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is a community-based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families in the Lancaster community. The organization works in collaboration with community partners to assure access to appropriate, quality health services and benefits for every child in the Lancaster community. This mission in children’s health includes multiple efforts, programs and services committed to improving the health of children and families throughout the Lancaster community. Most recently, the nonprofit announced plans to open the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families in Columbia, Pennsylvania in 2020. To learn more about CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, visit www.CHIstjosephchildrenshealth.org.
About the Library System of Lancaster County
The Library System of Lancaster County is a federated system with 14-member libraries, three branches and a bookmobile, which serves 519,462 residents. Established in April 1987 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Library System provides well-coordinated countywide services and cooperative programs to assist member libraries in meeting the diverse needs of its community residents. The mission of the Library System of Lancaster County is to bring together all 14-member public libraries to plan and create a cost-effective network of technology, facilities and resources to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of all residents of Lancaster County. The Library System ensures that a network of support services is provided to all public libraries in the county.
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