Come See the Strollin’ Colon!

Come See the Strollin’ Colon!

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but this cancer is preventable with regular screenings! In honor of colorectal cancer awareness month, you are invited to attend the Colon Cancer Awareness and Remembrance Event. Join us on Saturday, March 23, 11 am-2 pm at the Transylvania County Library to recognize loved ones affected by colon cancer, tour an interactive 12-foot inflatable “Stollin’ Colon” showing healthy and diseased tissue, learn more about colon cancer prevention, and find out how and when you can get screened (including alternatives to colonoscopy). Light refreshments and healthy eating cooking demonstrations will be offered, and medical professionals will be available to answer questions about colon cancer. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Transylvania Public Health at (828)...
Health Department Notes Importance Of ‘Healthy Smiles’

Health Department Notes Importance Of ‘Healthy Smiles’

To give a child a healthy start in life, it’s important to take care of his or her teeth and gums. Dental health is a big part of total health. The Healthy Smiles Dental Project at Transylvania Public Health is playing an important part in helping establish healthy dental habits at an early age, the release said. “Baby teeth are a very important part of a child’s development,” said Lori Clark, Healthy Smiles Program director. “Baby teeth are as important to children as our teeth are to us. Children need healthy teeth to eat, speak clearly, save space for permanent teeth and have a pretty smile.” Good oral care, a healthy diet and regular dental visits all help to prevent dental disease. Young children learn these healthy habits from their parents and caregivers. Healthy Smiles works with child care centers to provide education, free dental screenings and tooth brushing supplies, with funding support from Delta Dental Foundation. All 11 child care centers in Transylvania County are brushing children’s teeth each day. “I am so excited and proud that the center directors and teachers have made oral health a priority,” said Clark. “Tooth brushing may seem like a small task, but when you have a classroom full of young children, it’s a big deal.” Parents and other caregivers of young children can also take an active role in helping to protect their dental health. Parents should brush their children’s teeth twice a day to remove plaque that can cause tooth decay. They should start brushing a child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, usually around 6 months of age. The American Dental Association...