- Published on Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:00
A number of children’s services across Corangamite received their Smiles 4 Miles award recently, an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria.
Staff, families and children at the following services were recognised Banana Splits Childcare Centre, Buckle My Shoe, Cobden Kindergarten, Simpson Kindergarten, Skipton Kindergarten, Terang Kindergarten, Timboon Kindergarten, and Western Plains Mobile Pre-School.
Corangamite Shire Manager Community Services, Matthew Dawson, said the Smiles 4 Miles award program recognises early childhood services for implementing healthy eating and oral health policies in their centres.
“The program is based on the Smiles 4 Miles key messages - Drink well, Eat well and Clean well and is implemented locally by Council to improve the oral health of children and their families,” Mr Dawson said.
“We know that good oral health is essential to overall health and wellbeing and it’s wonderful to see so many local children’s services receiving their awards and know they are teaching children these good habits early in life,” he said.
Tooth decay, an oral disease, affects half of all children and adolescents and is five times more prevalent than asthma.
Children Services Project Support Officer, Jennifer Goode said she was delighted to see so many services within the Shire achieve this award.
“Encouraging an understanding about healthy eating, good oral health and positive life choices in the early years can be a strong foundation for positive health and wellbeing outcomes later in life,” she said.
Corangamite Shire Council has a strong focus on healthy and safe communities. Increasing healthy food consumption and improving oral health knowledge and behaviours have been key objectives in Council’s Health and Wellbeing Plan.
For further information about the Smiles 4 Miles program please ask your local child care provider or contact Council on 5593 7100.