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(PRESS RELEASE) — The Dental Services Unit of the Department of Health and Wellness has launched the first ever Dental Comic Strip Competition.
This competition is launched as an oral health promotion campaign, targeting young adults between the ages of 18 and 35.
It is meant to encourage young people to take charge of their life in a healthy and positive way, to have health as a priority as they plan for their future and begin to navigate through life, creating their own path to success.
With oral health as a priority, young people need to pay more attention to their oral hygiene and how changes in their breath can impact, not only on their lives, but on persons around them.
They need to know that poor oral hygiene can be a symptom of disease or can set the stage for undesirous outcomes, especially in social interactions.
The objective of the competition is to increase knowledge on halitosis (bad breath), inform on what it means to have halitosis, how it can be prevented, and what it can be a sign of.
The competition will encourage the competitors to do their own research on halitosis, come up with a concept they think best encapsulates it, highlight the associated impacts and how it can be prevented or treated, and capturing it all in a comic strip.
It’s a way for them to create their own vision of such an important issue in a fun and exciting way!
An exhibition of the submitted posters is planned, at a place and time to be announced, in order for the public to view talent and gain more insight on halitosis.
The Unit will conduct a survey to ascertain the impact this health promotion activity would have had on the knowledge, attitude and practices of public.
Size: Standard size Bristol board; no. of slides (with information and pictures) — 6-8
Design: Colourful language: English/creole expressions
Depiction of halitosis:
– Awareness of its presence,
– Effects on either the body or persons,
– Relation to non-communicable diseases like diabetes or heart health issues,
The competition begins May 2, 2019
Submission deadline: May 31, 2019
Submit an electronic copy for People’s Choice judging to: Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/NationalHealthComplexSaintLucia/?ref=bookmarks
Submit hard copy: Dental Services Unit, Department of Health and Wellness, Sir Stanislaus James Building, Waterfront, Castries.
People’s choice and Dental Services Unit judges
Electronic items and oral hygiene baskets