SAN JOSE, Calif.,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–February 20, 2003–In recognition of Children’s Dental Health Month in February, Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley a $5,000 grant to help fund oral health education programs. The grant is part of a partnership between Walgreens and Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 (CHS 2010) in which 10 cents from every Crest sale at Walgreens in February and March, for a total donation of up to $100,000, will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 20 cities across the country.
The CHS 2010-Walgreens partnership and the grant are particularly timely because children are facing a silent epidemic of oral health disease in America. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease — five-times greater than asthma — and poor dental habits in children can have a serious affect on their overall health and well-being. Yet, these problems can be easily prevented.
“We are excited to partner with CHS 2010 during Children’s Dental Health Month to bring smiles to Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley members,” said William Geary, divisional merchandise manager at Walgreens. “We are glad to take the opportunity to further demonstrate our commitment to improving the oral health of our customers and the community.”
“Through our partnership with Walgreens, we will be able to further CHS 2010’s goal of improving the oral health of children in need,” said Diane Dietz, marketing director for Crest. “The grants will be used to help maintain our oral care education and access programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley and Clubs nationwide.”
Club kids at the Smythe Eastside Unit Boys & Girls Club at 2195 Cunningham Avenue will celebrate receiving the grant with a special dental access day on Friday, February 21st that includes:
— Club kids will receive free dental screenings at the Health Trust Dental Clinic.
— Club members will participate in fun oral hygiene games and activities from the Cavity-Free Zone-an interactive program that teaches members about proper oral hygiene with exciting games and activities.
— All participating children will receive a Crest manual toothbrush and paste, a Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 T-shirt and a Parenting Guide with information to help educate their parents on proper oral hygiene habits.
— In March, the Health Trust Dental Clinic will be visiting the Club providing dental education services.
ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SILICON VALLEY
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley operate four clubs in San Jose, serving key geographic areas: Northside, Eastside, Southside. Thousands of kids are served by the youth development after school programs after-school and during the summer at the four locations.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley have been operating in San Jose since 1944. The BGCSV provides youth a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring professional adults, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, hope and opportunity. Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley has been on the forefront of youth development, working with young people from all backgrounds, with an emphasis on children from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances for over fifty years. Our programs reach a diverse group of young people. We offer program activities in the following core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Recreation & Fitness.
Walgreen Co. is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2002 sales of $28.7 billion. The company operates 3,967 stores in 43 states and Puerto Rico, in addition to Walgreens Health Initiatives, which provides mail service prescriptions, pharmacy benefits management and other clinical services. For information on store locations log onto http://www.walgreens.com.
ABOUT CREST HEALTHY SMILES 2010
Based on the principle that good oral health is integral to overall health, Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 combines the passionate vision of Crest with the resources of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and other leading members of the dental community to affect real change in the state of the country’s oral health by 2010. Crest is also working with dental schools and local communities to sponsor mobile dental clinics that bring full service dental support to areas in need, as well as building upon its 40-year tradition of broad-based in-school health education programs which reach 90 percent of first graders. The program will reach more than 50 million children and their families over the next ten years.
A trusted leader in oral health, Crest was the first oral care brand to secure the ADA Seal of Acceptance for a clinically proven fluoride toothpaste, a major preventer of cavities. Since first introducing a fluoride toothpaste 40 years ago, it is estimated that Crest has helped prevent more than half a billion cavities in the United States. In addition, Crest created Crest Healthy Smiles 2010, a national outreach program designed to help improve the state of oral health in America. By providing education, tools, and increased access to dental professionals, Crest hopes to reach 50 million children and their families. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Crest is owned and distributed by Procter & Gamble.
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