Healthy Kids, Healthy Durango Ready to Oppose Question 1A

Citizen-led group supports health community, community water fluoridation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sherrod Beall

970-335-9762 / sherrodb@gmail.com

DURANGO—Everyone deserves to live, work and thrive in a healthy community. That’s why several local citizens today announced the formation of Healthy Kids, Healthy Durango, a campaign to oppose Question 1A on this April’s city ballot and support the Durango City Council’s previous decision to ensure the city’s drinking water continues to be fluoridated.

The committee will be led by Sherrod Beall, a Durango pediatric nurse practitioner, and Dr. Tony Palmer, a retired local physician. The No on 1A campaign will educate Durango voters about the vital role community water fluoridation plays in keeping the entire Durango community healthy. Dentists, doctors, nurses, health professionals and business leaders are expected to join with Durango citizens to make Healthy Kids, Healthy Durango a strong voice to oppose Question 1A.

“Simply adjusting the natural level of fluoride in Durango’s drinking water helps prevent tooth decay, and provides many more health benefits,” Beall said. “Oral health is directly linked to our overall health. As a nurse practitioner, I see each day how poor oral health negatively impacts children at school, home and play. By voting No on 1A, we have an opportunity to help every member of community have a healthier life.”

Healthy Kids, Healthy Durango has launched Facebook, Twitter and a web site at VoteNO1aDurango.org and will be reaching out to Durango voters through Election Day to make sure they understand the importance of voting No on 1A.

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