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National Smile Month: 13 May – 13 June

Public health are supporting the annual national campaign National Smile Month which takes place between the 13 May and 13 June 2024 led by the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health. The Harrow oral health promoters will be running various activities throughout the month.

This year’s theme is: “Love Your Smile”

Different activities that you could get involved with:

  • Tooth Fairy Competition “The Tooth Fairy needs some decorations for the Tooth Castle. She has asked the Oral Health Foundation to find the best drawing and poem for this year’s National Smile Month”
  • Smiley Selfies “Take a selfie with the Oral Health Foundation’s iconic Smiley”
  • Dental Buddy “Download our dental buddy resources to use with your children or in the classroom.
  • Daily Health Checklist “Use a daily health checklist to stay on top of your oral, mental and physical health”
  • The great British brushathon “Take a picture/video of yourself while brushing and post it on social media”
  • Send Letter to tooth fairy “ Write a letter to the tooth fairy and send it to: Tooth Fairy, Smile House, 2 East Union Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 6AJ. The tooth fairy is looking forward to receiving and reading all the lovely letters! Some of them will be published on our social media pages and kids will receive a thank you letter and a little reward.

Women live more years in ill-health than men, finds gender health gap study

Women live longer than men but experience more years in poor health, according to a global gender health gap analysis that experts say underlines an urgent need for action to boost women’s health.

Globally, there are substantial differences between women and men when it comes to health, with limited progress in bridging health gaps over the past three decades, according to the study examining the impact of the world’s 20 leading causes of disease.

The findings were published in the Lancet Public Health journal.

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How dangerous is vaping, what is the disposable vape ban and what is the vaping tax?

The government has said it will introduce a new tax on vaping products.

It has already announced plans to ban disposable vapes, to help cut the number of children vaping.

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