April 7, 2015

Mercy hosts dental and diabetes outreach programs

As part of its mission outreach efforts in northeast Canton, Mercy Medical Center recently held dental and diabetes education programs at Mercy at St. Paul Square and Imagine school.

Mercy Dental Services presented its popular dental health assembly to Imagine School, showing 145 students in kindergarten through fourth grades how to properly care for their teeth. Jamie Darr, DDS, and Anthony Johnson, DDS, led the assembly.

Students volunteered to demonstrate proper flossing and brushing techniques using a dental mouth model and extra-large toothbrush. Students listened to a book and a poem about dental care and had the opportunity to ask questions. They were also provided with goody bags containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, activity book, an apple and educational handouts to take home.

At Mercy at St. Paul Square, Essam Ragheb, M.D., initiated an education session on diabetes for northeast Canton residents with diabetes and for those who are at risk. The event included a healthy lunch, diabetes information and Q&A with Dr. Ragheb and Margie Koenig, diabetes educator at Mercy. Attendees were entered into a drawing for glucometers/supplies and a basket of wellness supplies.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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