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Students recognized for posters

By Dana Pavek, Wadena-Deer Creek Schools

Todd-Wadena Healthy Connections invited fifth- and sixth-grade students in Todd and Wadena Counties to participate in their 12th annual poster contest, for which students were encouraged to design a catchy and colorful poster that illustrated the text “5-2-1-0 Healthy Communities are the Way to Go!”

The text stands for five fruits and vegetables per day, two hours or less of TV or computer time per day, one or more hours of physical activity per day, and zero sweetened beverages per day, according to Erica Keppers, Healthy Connections health educator workgroup member. 

From Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools, fifth-grade student Kennedy Gravelle won first place for her poster design, which was made into a large banner that is currently on display in the commons at WDC Middle/High School. She also received a $20 gift card. Second-place winner was WDC fifth-grade student Jasmyn Wood, who received a $15 gift card for her poster.

This year, instead of putting the message on billboards throughout the region, each participating school received a banner with the winning student’s depiction of the organization’s message. 

“The reason for moving to the banner from the billboard was to allow the district to hang the banner in a prominent location so the students can be reminded each day of this important message. Some larger districts may choose to rotate the banner throughout the district to reach more students,” explained Sara Stone, a member of the Healthy Connections health educator workgroup.

Healthy Connections is a health coalition established in 1993, made up of public and private health agencies serving the residents of Todd and Wadena Counties. Healthy connections members include Lakewood Health System, Todd County Public Health, Tri-County Health Care and Wadena County Public Health.