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- Dental Health = Healthy Smiles
The Nurse’s Note
Can’t Afford Dental Care? Help is Available!!
Did you know that a healthy smile is an important part of your child’s overall health? As a parent, you have a lot of things to worry about. Affording dental treatment for your child shouldn’t be one of them. If you are not covered by dental insurance and cannot afford the cost of dental care, the Brant County Health Unit may be able to help!! The health unit offers many dental programs to help children under 18 maintain a healthy smile. If certain criteria are met, your child may qualify for dental care through the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program or the Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) Program. For more information, or to book a dental screening appointment, call the Dental Department at the Brant County Health Unit at 519-753-4937 ext 450.
The Nurse’s Note…Start Each School Day with a Breakfast of Champions!
Breakfast is a nutritious and delicious way to start the school day!
To help your child do their best in school this year and keep their energy up throughout the day, start them off on the right foot, with a breakfast of champions. Children who eat a balanced breakfast will perform better in school, will have a healthier weight and will develop healthier eating habits as they grow older.
To make each morning’s breakfast a breeze, keep these easy tips in mind:
Keep a well stocked kitchen: Have cereals, milk, yogurt, whole grain breads and muffins, fruit/fruit juices, bagels, peanut butter and cheese on hand
Prepare in advance: Prepare the night before. Set the table, cut up any fruit and have cereal all ready to go for the next morning
Wake up earlier: Waking up a little earlier will allow for a more relaxed breakfast
Include everyone: Involve children in breakfast planning and preparation by allowing them to choose breakfast items and allowing them to help you clean up afterwards
Variety is the spice of life: Include foods from at least 3 of the 4 food groups (Canada’s Food Guide) and make breakfast an exciting time by trying these quick and easy breakfast ideas:
- Grilled cheese sandwich, melon slices and 100% fruit juice
- Smoothie made with fruit and low fat yogurt
- Waffles cut into sticks and dipped in apple sauce, with milk on the side
- Dry cereal or trail mix stirred into yogurt with a piece of fresh fruit
- Whole grain cereal, banana and milk
For more healthy living tips and ideas, visit the Brant County Health Unit at www.bchu.org, or speak to your school health nurse, DeAnna Renn, 519-753-4937, ext. 290, firstname.lastname@example.org.