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Share a smile with Mexico: Toothbrush drive underway

February 3, 2016

La Tortuga FoundationThe Health Professions House is collecting new, unused, toothbrushes for a special project that is part of an alternative spring break trip.

School of nursing instructor JoEllen Ryan, along with 10 NIU students and two recent graduates, will travel to Chiapas, Mexico over spring break to provide free health assessments and treatment to the Mayan communities there. Since there is no available healthcare in these areas, the group will stress health education and illness prevention. Part of that will include the importance of brushing your teeth and its impact on nutrition and general health. The overwhelming majority of this people have never had a toothbrush.

Toothbrushes can be brought to Wirtz, room 227, through Feb. 19. For more information about the toothbrush drive email Sandi SplanskyFor more information about the Chiapas healthcare project, visit the Latortuga Foundation’s website or facebook page.