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- Three Local Children Picked as Winners of First-Ever Infection Control Week Colouring Contest -

Three young artists are being celebrated for helping spread the word that good health is in your hands.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has announced the winners of its first-ever Health is in Your Hands colouring contest organized during last October’s Infection Control Week. The winners are: three-year-old Sarah Moyer, of Burnt River; four-year-old Spencer Keppie, of Omemee; and five-year-old Merissa Hansey, of Brighton.

Winners were randomly selected, with each child receiving a prize package that included books, markers, stickers, art supplies, facial tissues, and toothbrushes.

Last October, the Health Unit circulated colouring sheets to dozens of daycares in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The colouring sheets depicted a smiling young girl washing her hands, with the message that handwashing is essential for stopping the spread of germs.

More than half of all local daycares took part in the contest, with in excess of 100 colouring sheets being completed and returned to the Health Unit. A number of the daycares also used the colouring sheets as part of a lesson to teach children about the importance of handwashing.

“The results of our first-ever colouring contest exceeded our expectations,” says Cassandra Johnston, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Teaching young children to regularly and properly wash their hands is especially important, when it helps them learn a healthy habit for life.”


For media inquiries, contact:

Cassandra Johnston, Public Health Nurse, Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology & Evaluation, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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