June 7, 2011

SunSmart student wins shady prize for school

York Region contest celebrates sun awareness with Grade 1 students
NEWMARKET – In celebration of Sun Awareness Week June 6 to 12, The Regional Municipality of York invites media to attend the SunSmart poster contest award presentation on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
More than 550 Grade 1 students from 40 York Region elementary schools submitted their posters to the York Region Sun Sense Coalition contest in March.
The winner of this year’s SunSmart poster contest will be awarded a tree to plant on their school’s property.  This tree will create a cooling shade for the students during outdoor activities.  Using shade is an important strategy in reducing ultraviolet (UV) exposure from the sun.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  1 p.m.
WHERE: Pine Grove Public School
  86 Gamble Street
  City of Vaughan
WHO:  Students and staff from Pine Grove Public School
  York Region SunSense Coalition members
• The SunSmart poster contest educates students about sun safety and promotes sun safe behaviour
• The York Region SunSense Coalition consists of staff from The Regional Municipality of York, the Canadian Cancer Society and the community
• Sun Awareness Week is an annual celebration organized by the Canadian Dermatology Association encouraging Canadians to practice sun safety for the prevention of skin cancer
• For additional SunSense guidelines, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society at www.cancer.ca
For more information on this or any other public health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905-716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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