Elmo & Abby Cadabby Teach Kids That Oral Health Counts!



Sam’s Club and Metlife Foundation Team Up to Support

Sesame Street’s Oral Health Project

NEW YORK, March 1, 2012 – Dental caries (tooth decay) is one of the most common health problems impacting young children’s primary teeth. In fact, nearly 40-to-50 percent of children will be affected by tooth decay before age five  and according to the latest Surgeon General’s report, Oral Health in America, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions. In response to these facts, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, in partnership with Sam’s Club Giving Program and MetLife Foundation, has developed Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me, a bilingual (English/Spanish), multimedia outreach initiative motivating children 2 to 5 years of age, their parents, and caregivers to care for children’s dental health.  The 350,000 free outreach kits are being distributed nationwide and are also available at www.sesamestreet.org/teeth. Healthy Teeth, Health Me features brand new songs, animated segments and celebrity guests Bruno Mars, David Hyde Pierce, Nicole Kidman, Amy Ryan, Wendy Williams, Jay Sean, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber.

The announcement was made today at The Children’s Aid Society- Dunlevy Milbank Center in New York City with help from Sesame Street’s oral health advisory member James J. Crall, DDS, ScD, Professor & Chair, UCLA Public Health & Community Dentistry and Child Advocate for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry,  Lance de la Rosa, SVP Operations, North Division, Sam’s Club, Sherrie Westin , EVP & Chief Marketing Officer,  Sesame Workshop, Dennis White, President and CEO, MetLife Foundation, and Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby and Gordon.  In addition, the Children’s Health Fund mobile dental clinic offered educational tours. This full-service “dentist’s office on wheels,” also funded by MetLife Foundation, provides timely and preventive oral health care to low-income and homeless children in New York City.

“Programs such as Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me are absolutely critical to increasing awareness of the importance of developing good oral health habits in early childhood that provide life-long benefits, and the connection between good oral health and children’s ability to learn in school, be free from pain and infection, and feel good about themselves,” said James J. Crall, DDS, ScD, Professor & Chair, UCLA Public Health & Community

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Dentistry and Child Advocate for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. “Educating children and those who care for them about the importance of oral health in pre-school age children is essential to breaking the recurring cycle of dental disease and reducing the profound disparities in oral health that continue to negatively impact the lives of millions of children and their families throughout this nation.  The commitment of Sesame Workshop and its partners to this effort is commendable and potentially transformative.”

The project objectives include: 

  • Empowering children to make healthy choices that will have a positive impact on their oral health;
  • Educating adults about the benefits of young children’s preventive oral care and recommended strategies to establish a foundation for healthy habits early in life.

“This partnership aligns well with our initiative to provide important health solutions for our members, and this outstanding outreach opportunity will directly benefit young children and help caregivers make oral health a priority,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, Senior Vice President, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “Sesame Street provides an outstanding audience and method to lead this multimedia initiative, and we are excited to be standing there next to them.”

“Developing good oral health habits is a vital part of a comprehensive approach to better overall health care,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “MetLife Foundation is pleased to work with Sesame Workshop to help educate children and families on the importance of oral health care. The earlier children and families begin to learn about dental hygiene and receive preventive care, the better equipped they will be to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me emphasizes the easy everyday routines and good habits to keep children’s teeth, mouths and, therefore, bodies healthy and strong. The bilingual (English/Spanish) outreach kit includes an original Sesame Street DVD, a family booklet, public service messages, online community health providers guide, interactive online game, and a downloadable brushy brush song to help make toothbrushing fun.  Three hundred and fifty thousand Healthy Teeth kits, available at no cost, will be distributed through such partners as National WIC Association, the Children’s Health Fund, Alliance for Hispanic Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( Region 2), Sam’s Club, First 5 Association of California, and other community based organizations working with families with young children.  Additionally, the materials will be available for free on iTunes and Amazon VOD in the Learn Along with Sesame section.

“This is an opportunity for Sesame Street to continue to use its influence to help families and their children make healthy decisions about oral health at a time when nurturing children’s overall development is so critical and the subsequent positive effects can last a lifetime,” said Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Sesame Workshop.  “We are excited to partner with Sam’s Club and MetLife Foundation bringing these much needed resources to families with young children.”

About MetLife Foundation

MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to carry on MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation is committed to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide. Through programs focusing on empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities, MetLife Foundation increases access and opportunities for people of all ages.  Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has made more than $530 million in grants and $75 million in program related investments. For more information visit www.metlife.org

About Sam’s Giving Made Simple

Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 30 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made SimpleSM, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street.  The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company.  Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.  Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

This information was provided by Sesame Street & Sams Club. No compensation was received.

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My mom’s birthday was yesterday (Happy Birthday again Mom) and I always have my girls make something for her. She never wants anything so I figure if her grand kids make it then it will mean more and she will keep it forever!!! So this year we made her a few herb cans!! They are very easy to make and of course very inexpensive!! ( I know I need a new camera- it is getting really bad!!)

First you are going to need a few things:

-Cans (we just used soup cans and vegetable cans- cleaned and air dried are best)
– One Nail
– Dirt
– Plant of Choice (we chose to use lavender and basil)
– Newspaper
– Decorative Paper
– Crayons (we tried markers but they smeared when we glued the paper, crayons are best)
– Bowl
– Scissors
– Paint Brush
– Bottle of Glue

First you will need to clean out your cans, peel off the label and then let dry. Next take a hammer and nail and poke holes in the bottom of the can for drainage.

Then take your decorative paper and measure out the actual width and length of the paper you will need to cover your can. Decorate your paper the way you want. My girls wrote messages to grandma, but you can draw pictures or whatever you want. Then you will need to pour your glue into a bowl, then take your paint brush and dip it into the glue. Then paint on the glue on the outside of the can. Stick the decorative paper to the can and then paint more glue over the paper. This will help get glue into the edges where the paper and can meet. Gluing the outside will help to keep the paper from getting wet when you water your plants.

Let your can dry, over night is best but a few hours will work. Once it is completely dry take a piece of newspaper and ball it up in the bottom of your can, add dirt and then add your plant. That is it, you are done!! Make sure you put these somewhere that can drain through the bottom or place something underneath if you want them inside somewhere.

Here are a few pictures of my garden this week. Here is our parsley- this stuff is growing like crazy!! Now I need to come up with some great recipes to start using it!!

Here is the carrots, lettuce and onions.

Here is the tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon and cantaloupe!!


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