October 20, 2006
Contact: Jerry Carey
Phone: (856) 566-6171
UMDNJ Hosts Halloween Teeth Party for Kids Sat., Oct. 28 in Camden
CAMDEN — The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the average American will eat 26 pounds of candy annually, with the bulk of that consumed between Halloween and the holiday season that follows it. Extra candy can mean extra cavities, so student doctors from the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine are inviting children, ages 10 years and under to a free “Halloween Teeth Party” at the Camden Saturday Health Clinic, 538 Broadway, in Camden, on Saturday, October 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the party, students from the medical school will teach the young children how to enjoy their Halloween candy without letting cavities turn a toothy smile into a jack-o-lantern’s ghoulish grin. Children who attend will also play games with the medical students, watch videos and receive non-candy “fun stuff” from the school.
The Camden Saturday Health Clinic, located in the Camden OEO Building, is a joint effort between the students at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and the physician-faculty members of the Department of Family Medicine. The clinic provides free medical care every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.