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Awards given at local City Council Meetings for winning sign ideas

PROVO, UTAH (November 28, 2011) -- The Utah County Health Department's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program hosted a Smoke-free Park Sign Competition in the spring of 2010. Children were invited to create their own smoke-free parks sign and the first place winners from each city would have their drawing made into a real sign and posted their own city parks!

The competition was held to educate about the Smoke-Free Parks Ordinance passed by the Board of Health in 2008. This ordinance states that smoking is no longer allowed in county parks in an effort to protect children playing in the parks from the dangers of second hand smoke (SHS). SHS causes ear problems, acute respiratory infections, slows their lung growth, and makes asthma more severe.

All elementary school aged children in the county were invited to participate in the contest. Drawings were collected at the schools and the first place winners had their drawing made into signs. The winners were chosen by Utah County’s Anti-Tobacco Youth Group, OUTRAGE. OUTRAGE members viewed the submissions and voted on the winning entries.

The following youth will be honored at their local city council meetings:

  • November 29, 2011-Cathy Parcell from Pleasant Grove, UT at 6pm
  • December 6, 2011-Elicia Moore from Highland, UT at 7pm
  • December 6, 2011-Logan Hooley from Lindon, UT at 7pm
  • December 13, 2011-Madison Thomas from American Fork, UT at 7:30pm

The following youth were recently honored at their local city council meetings:

  • November 15, 2011-Makayla Olson from Spanish Fork, UT
  • November 15, 2011-Shayne Bennet from Springville, UT
  • November 22, 2011-Rachel Bacon from Alpine, UT