2014 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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May 5, 2014        Print version

Dutchess County Presents “Be Tick Free!” Poster Contest Award
May is Tickborne Disease Awareness Month Proclamation and Trail Event

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro proclaimed the month of May as Tickborne Disease Awareness Month today at a press event to honor two Dutchess County students for their entries in the County’s first “Be Tick Free!” poster contest.

“Tickborne diseases are endemic throughout New York State,” said Molinaro.  “Avoiding tick areas and following simple preventive and protective measures are key to reducing the risk of becoming infected with one of these diseases.”  The County Executive applauded the collaborative efforts of the Department of Health and the Legislative Tick Task Force with sponsoring a fun creative way for children to participate in raising awareness of steps they can take to protect themselves against ticks.

“Be Tick Free! is Dutchess County’s educational campaign to raise awareness,” said Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD.  “Fifth grade student Nathan Ogden from Faith Christian Academy and sixth grader Tegan Moeller from Harlem Valley Girl Scouts are the winners of this year’s poster contest and we are pleased to personally present them with an award today recognizing their talents and initiative.”

The first fifty students who participated in the Be Tick Free! Poster Contest received a prize for their submissions, including a “Be Tick Free!” backpack, insect repellent wipes, a tick removal kit, and a pedometer.  The winning posters received a certificate and a $100 US savings bond, donated courtesy of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force.  In addition, each student who participated in the contest received a certificate from the County Executive for their assistance in promoting tick bite prevention strategies. 

“We were really excited about this program, especially since it helps increase awareness and education about tick bite prevention,” said Donna Bolner, Chairman of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force.  “It was a difficult task to select just one winner from each age group.”

Following the proclamation and award ceremony, participants were invited to a guided trail walk courtesy of the National Park Service.

“Trails are an important part of the Roosevelt & Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt enjoyed few things more than spending time in these woods, and we hope that park visitors feel the same way,” Sarah Olson, Superintendent, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. “We think they do; our parks contain about nine miles of trails, and they receive about 40,000 visits each year.  We strongly encourage people to come and use our trails for health and exercise, for our ranger-guided walks, for our trail podcasts, or to simply enjoy being in nature. But visitor safety is also a major concern. So we are especially pleased to work with Dutchess County Department of Health to promote tick awareness, and encourage people to take precautions whenever they enjoy the outdoors.”

The annual “Be Tick Free!” Poster Contest begins in January, for more information visit http://dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Health/18160.htm#BeTickFreePosterContest

To learn more about what Dutchess County has to offer, including Dutchess County Department of Health’s clinical and referral services, visit www.dutchessny.gov.




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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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