Radon poster contest for available students
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a radon poster contest for students ages 9 to 14.
Members of a sponsoring club, such as a Scouting organization or 4-H club, also are eligible. There is no entry fee, and the deadline is Oct. 31. State winners and runners-up will be entered in the national contest. National winners will receive award plaques and gift cards of $1,000 for first place, $600 for second and $400 for third. The winning posters will be reproduced and distributed nationally to promote radon awareness.
For more information, visit www.coloradoradon.info.
Radon meeting set at Riverview
A Riverview community informational meeting called Radon in the Home will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Riverview Elementary School, 2900 Mesa Ave.
San Juan Basin Health Department and Colorado State Extension office representatives will present information and free radon home test kits.
For more information, call 335-2055 or visit www.coloradoradon.info.
FLCs Shere Byrd receives Hero Award
Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center has awarded Dr. Shere Byrd its annual Hero Award for Southwest Colorado.
The award was presented at the annual Engaging Communities in Research and Education Conference on Sept. 24 in Vail. Byrd, a biology professor at Fort Lewis College, started the first undergraduate public health degree program in Colorado. She was awarded for her development of this program. Additionally, she has mentored numerous students in biology and pre-health career pathways during her 19-year career as a professor at FLC. The award was given to six recipients throughout the state. The undergraduate degree program that Byrd was instrumental in starting officially began enrolling students this fall.
The center is a regional nonprofit organization in Southwest Colorado that focuses on improving rural health.
For more information, call Emily Burns at 403-6848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer mentoring training to be held Sunday
San Juan Basin Health Department will hold the second regional Peer Mentors training at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mason Center, 310 E. 12th St.
The program trains high school students who live with challenging health conditions to build communication and leadership skills so they can meet with other youths with a similar diagnosis. This years peer mentor group includes youths with diabetes, epilepsy, hearing loss, cancer, paralysis, ADHD, Asbergers and organ transplants.
For more information, call Liza Tregillus at 749-9607. Donations also are needed to help with the continuation of this pilot program.