Motorcycle Rally for Oral Health

Title: Motorcycle Rally for Oral Health
Location: Laidley Field Charleston, West Virginia 25301
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Description: The West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, a project of the West Virginia Council of Churches, is sponsoring a Motorcycle Rally for Oral Health on April 16, 2011 beginning at Laidley Field in Charleston to raise money for a statewide oral health fund.

Rain date: April 30th

Oral health is a major problem for both children and adults in West Virginia. By age 8, 35.5% of West Virginia school-aged children have untreated dental decay and 65.6% have had at least one cavity. Over thirty-seven percent of West Virginia adults over 65 have lost all of their teeth, compared to 18.5% nationally. According to Kaiser State Health Facts, “Untreated chronic oral infection can contribute to a lifetime of poor health including diabetes and heart disease” and there is evidence suggesting that there may be a link “between periodontal disease and premature delivery and low birth weight babies.”

To make a difference, the West Virginia Council of Churches has established an oral health fund with the United Methodist Foundation. Proceeds from the fund will help West Virginians get the dental help they need.

You can help by being a volunteer or sponsor of the West Virginia Motorcycle Rally for Oral Health, promoting the rally, or by participating in the rally. For volunteer, sponsorship forms, and event details, please visit our website www.wvoralhealthrally.org. Also, please feel free pass on this message to anyone who rides a motorcycle. For additional questions and information that can’t be found on the website, call our project director, Jeff Allen, at (304) 344-3141 or email him at jsallen@wvcc.org. Thank you!

West Virginia Oral Health Plan: 2010 – 2015. Bureau for Public Health, March 2010. p. 7.
Kaiser State Health Facts. www.statehealthfacts.org
Ibid.
“Reports on the Blueprint to Improve West Virginia Perinatal Health Accomplishments – Preliminary Report: October 2008.” West Virginia Perinatal Partnership. p. 2.

Date: 2011-04-16