2012 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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March 16, 2012        Print version

2012 “Fight the Bite” Poster Contest Announced
5th & 6th Grade Students Encouraged to Get Creative to “Fight the Bite” Poster Contest Designed to Build Awareness about Diseases Spread by Ticks & Mosquitoes

Dutchess County is encouraging area schools to participate in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the DEET Education Program’s Fight the Bite Poster Contest.  Open to all fifth and sixth graders, the contest is a fun and creative way for students to learn more about the importance of using repellent while outdoors to protect themselves and their families from diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks, including Lyme disease.

“Dutchess County is an amazing place to explore our many outdoor venues including our parks and the Dutchess Rail trail,” said Marcus J. Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive.  “We want residents and visitors to protect themselves from the sun, heat, cold, and pests.  This contest is one way our local children can make a difference in their community by educating others about tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases.”

Two winners from each state, from each grade, will receive $50 and an award certificate.  Two Grand Prize winners from each grade will receive $1,000 and a plaque.  Winning posters are used for educational outreach and public service materials.  All entries must be postmarked by April 18, 2012.  Additional details may be found online at FightTheBiteContest.org.

“Dutchess County has had three New York State winners in the past two years of participating,” said Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH, Commissioner of Health.  “With the artistic talent we have here in Dutchess County, County Executive Molinaro and I look forward to one of our students winning the national recognition in 2012.”  Dr. Caldwell also noted the following students who received recognition previously:  Matthew Hayes, 6th Grade (2011); Leona Lau, 5th Grade (2010);  and Rachael Ng, 6th Grade (2010).

In addition, Dutchess County Department of Health offers a variety of tick-borne disease programs to the community.  Their “Be Tick Free” outreach campaign provides important tips to prevent the spread of Lyme Disease, including the Tick Smart Program for Dutchess County elementary school teachers and health teachers featuring “Tick-Check Harry,” a sheep dog stuffed-animal with seeds hidden in his fur.  Children learn about how to prevent Lyme disease by doing a “tick check” and find the “ticks” on Harry.  The Department also hosts a continuing-medical education conference, Not Just LYME! to raise awareness of other tick-borne illnesses and treatment options.  For more information about diseases from mosquito and tick bites, repellent use and other prevention strategies can be found at www.dutchessny.gov, just click on the Fight the Bite link under Spotlight on the homepage or log onto www.fightthebitecontest.org.




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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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