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Eagan Fourth-Grade Wins First Place in Statewide Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest

Tuesday, May 8, 2007  
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Anna Van Wyk, a fourth-grader at Woodland Elementary in Eagan, is the winner of the 2007 Minnesota Tar Wars Poster Contest. Her poster, which states ‘Smoking is Toadally Not Cool,’ shows a toad sitting on a lily pad. Posters were judged on artistry, creativity, originality and their ability to communicate a clear POSITIVE message to remain tobacco-free. Van Wyk’s poster will now advance to the National Tar Wars Poster Contest to be held this July in Washington, D.C.

The Tar Wars program is taught by family physicians, family medicine residents, medical students and other health care professional who join together to address the issue of youth-targeted marketing and access to tobacco. These volunteers go into classrooms across the state and share the Tar Wars message. The program is filled with fun and interactive lessons focusing on the long and short-term effects of tobacco use, image-based effects of tobacco use and reasons people use tobacco.

For her efforts, Van Wyk and one adult family member will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Tar Wars Poster Contest. The prize is made possible thanks to a generous donation from the United Hospital Foundation.

The posters were judged by more than 400 family physicians during the Minnesota Academy of Family Physician’s Spring Refresher on April 19-20, 2007. Second place went to Gunnar Ewert from Scandia Elementary in Scandia and third place went to Paige Upham of South Point Elementary in East Grand Forks.

Tar Wars was developed in 1988 by the Hall of Life at the Denver Museum of Natural History and Doctors Ought to Care (DOC). It has been implemented in 50 states and is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Tar Wars was introduced in Minnesota during the 1996-97 school year. The program reaches close to 400,000 children nationally and internationally each year.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students organized to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota. The MAFP is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States with more than 103,000 members.


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