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Tar Wars Poster, Video Contest Winners Celebrate Tobacco-Free Message
By Matt Brown
Tar Wars is the AAFP's tobacco-free education program that family physicians and other health care professionals present to fourth- and fifth-graders. More than 8.5 million children have seen the presentations since the program's inception in 1988.
"The No. 1 reason I got involved in this program is that it advocates for kids," she said. "It is a major initiative that promotes positive health behaviors at an age when kids will listen. I want them to learn about these things when we can still make an impact."
After physicians present the Tar Wars curriculum in school classrooms, students are encouraged to create posters and videos conveying the positive aspects of being tobacco-free.
In addition to Elizondo and Buete, seven runners-up were recognized at the awards ceremony:
- Second place (poster contest): Anna Wray Lusk, Scottsboro, Ala.;
- Third place (poster contest): Megan Cycon, West Seneca, N.Y.;
- Fourth place (poster contest): Sara Akhtar, Las Vegas;
- Second place (video contest): Ian Cook, Carson Levy, Joseph Pergolini and Noah Klein, Las Vegas;
- Third place (video contest): Alexandra Peterson, Paiton Allen, and Sydney Ramenofsky, Las Vegas; and
- Fourth place (video contest): Sterling Ayers, Ranburne, Ala.
Many of the children at the conference also visited Capitol Hill July 17 and met with their elected officials, presenting them with copies of their posters and information about the program.
Tar Wars is supported in part by the AAFP Foundation.