2014 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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January 29, 2014        Print version

Students Encouraged to Get Creative and “Be Tick Free!”
“Be Tick Free!” Poster Contest for 5th & 6th graders for the prevention of tick-borne diseases

The Dutchess County Department of Health and the Dutchess County Legislative Tick Task Force is encouraging area schools to participate in the “Be Tick Free!” 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 prevention methods while outdoors to protect themselves and their families from diseases spread by 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 Kari Reiber, Dutchess County Acting Commissioner of Health.  “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 diseases.”
Previously, the Centers for Disease Control and DEET Education Program promoted a similar poster contest across the nation. Since 2010, Dutchess County had five students won the New York State award category with student posters from Hagan Elementary School, LaGrange Middle School, Rombout Middle School, Unionvale Middle School, and Beekman Elementary.  When the contest was discontinued, Dutchess County saw an opportunity to introduce a similar program at the local level.

“We were really excited about this program which we believe will help increase awareness and promote education about ways to prevent tick bites,” said Donna Bolner, Chairman of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force.  “Given all the creative talent we have in Dutchess County, it will be a difficult task to select the winners.”

A winner from each the 5th grade category and the 6th grade category will receive an award certificate and a $100 US Savings Bond.  The first fifty poster submissions will also receive a prize.  All entries must be postmarked by April 4, 2014. Additional details may be found online at the Dutchess County “Be Tick Free!” Poster Contest webpage http://bit.ly/BTFPoster. *

For more information about tick diseases, preventing tick bites, insect repellent use and other prevention strategies can be found at www.dutchessny.gov, www.cdc.gov, www.health.ny.gov, and www.stopticks.org.


 *  http://dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Health/18160.htm#BeTickFreePosterContest





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