September 21, 2006
Second ‘Eat Smart. Play Hard.’ Poster Contest Deadline Oct. 30
The North Dakota State University Extension Service, Center for 4-H Youth Development and Bison Athletics are sponsoring a second “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” poster contest.
The contest is open to youth ages 8 to 19 as of Sept. 1. The entry deadline is Oct. 30. Contestants must create posters that educate North Dakota youth and adults about the “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” program’s themes: the importance of families eating together, making healthy food choices and getting regular physical exercise.
“With the quality of the posters submitted during the spring contest, we decided to hold another contest this fall,” says Carrie Stark, 4-H youth development specialist and contest coordinator.
The posters will be used throughout the state to promote the “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” campaign, which is a statewide initiative based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s program of the same name.
"The first poster contest showed that North Dakota children have many creative, motivating messages to promote nutrition and fitness among their peers,” NDSU Extension Service food and nutrition specialist Julie Garden-Robinson says. “We're hoping for many entries from across the state."
Posters will be judged in two age divisions: preteen (ages 8 to 12) and teen (ages 13 to 19). All participants will receive a certificate of recognition. Winners in each division will receive a cash prize of $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.
The posters must not exceed 22 inches by 28 inches. Contestants can use crayons, markers, colored pencils, lead pencil or pen, but they cannot use computer technology or copyrighted characters, such as Snoopy, Charlie Brown or cartoon figures. Three-dimensional posters also are prohibited.
Mail entries to the Center for 4-H Youth Development, Attn: Eat Smart. Play Hard. Poster Contest Entry, 219 FLC, Fargo, ND 58105.
To learn more about the “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” program, visit the USDA’s Web site at www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhard/. For more information about the contest, contact Stark at (701) 231-5923 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Garden-Robinson at (701) 231-7187 or email@example.com.