There have been a lot of clown sightings all over the nation, lately. Some of them have been really creeping people out. Clowns have served many purposes in many different capacities over the years. One of the most interesting is a somewhat forgotten one named Cho Cho The Health Clown who spent his days in the 1920’s terrifying….I mean educating children into making healthy choices such as eating healthy and brushing their teeth.
Cho Cho traveled around the country in big white parachute pants, that frilly clown neck scarf and white face paint with red cheeks. He was said to have grown up in a house diagonal from Mr. St. Klaus, and his first job was painting stripes on baby zebras. He always entered with a basket of greens in one hand and a scale in the other. As he fell, tripped, slipped and created chaos the children would laugh and the adults would hope the messages were sinking in.
“What does he do next?” He would ask the audience while walking through a typical day of an average little boy. “He brushes his teeth! He sure does. And this is how he brushes them up and down, up and down, in the new style, instead of cross-ways in an old-fashioned way. And then he gargles his throat like this, to get rid of all the dust of the street.”
Employed by the Child Health Organization of New York and the National Bureau of Education, he was tasked with talking to kids about eating their fruits and vegetables, staying away from drinking coffee (yes, this was actually a problem at the time), taking their baths and brushing their teeth.
At the time, there were over 6,000,000 children in the nation suffering from malnutrition. This statistic was brought to light after discovering that over 70% of the men that had been rejected for the draft, were dismissed due to ailments that could have been prevented by a healthy childhood. Although those statistics have changed since the 1920s, educating our youth is still a crucial step to helping them maintain optimal health and wellness throughout their entire life.
Apparently, even in the 1920s, they understood the importance of dental health and how it relates to your overall health. Studies now show that oral health problems can contribute to conditions such as infections of the heart, cardiovascular disease, premature birth and low birth weight, cancer and even immune disorders. Regular check-ups at the dentist are imperative to your overall well being. To schedule an appointment call our office at 509-532-1111 or visit us HERE to book one online.
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