2015 News Releases

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May 12, 2015        Print version

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


Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro, along with the Dutchess County Tick Task Force, proclaimed May as Tickborne Disease Awareness Month at the Legislature Board Meeting Monday night.  Two Dutchess County students, Brandon Chen of Fishkill and Nathan Ogden of LaGrangeville, were also honored for the 2015 “Be Tick Free!” poster contest.

“Dutchess County has a high rate of tickborne diseases, and county residents have identified tickborne disease as one of their top health priorities in the 2012 community-wide survey,” said Molinaro.  “Avoiding tick infested areas and following simple preventive measures are key to reducing the risk of becoming infected with one of these diseases.”  County Executive Molinaro applauded the Department of Health and the Legislative Tick Task Force for sponsoring a fun and creative way for children to raise awareness about how to protect against ticks and take an active role in their community.

“The ‘Be Tick Free!’ educational campaign allows young people to experience the positive impact they can have on their community,” said Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD.  “Through the use of their talents, Nathan Ogden and Brandon Chen have actively helped promote tick bite prevention strategies and further the interests of public health.  We are pleased to recognize their efforts as part of tonight’s Legislative meeting.”

Both students received a certificate of recognition from County Executive Molinaro and a gift certificate courtesy of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force. They also received a “Be Tick Free!” backpack with a Tick-Free Tick-Check Harry sheep dog stuffed animal wearing his flea and tick collar, insect repellent wipes, a tick removal kit, and a pedometer. 

“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.  "Sometimes as an adult we miss the little things that our youth see, which is an added benefit for sponsoring the “Be Tick Free!” poster contest.  Our goal is to draw attention of tickborne disease to more 5th and 6th graders each year, which will help us to prepare the next generation of Dutchess County residents to protect themselves."  

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/Health.




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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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