Aitkin County Public Health’s adolescent health campaign

Public Health ran an adolescent health campaign in 2019. Every teen turning 13-18 years old who had a checkup could enter to win either a Play Station 4 Pro, an XBOX One X, a Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones or two Fitbits. Public Health Supervisor, Erin Melz, drew Tanner Hills’ name. Tanner is a junior at Aitkin High School. His entry was one of 40 received from Aitkin, Hill City, and McGregor High Schools.

Aitkin County Public Health’s Child and Teen Checkups program has been encouraging teens to take charge of their health: make an appointment for their yearly checkup or ask their parents to. Public Health ran an adolescent health campaign in 2019. Every teen turning 13-18 years old who had a checkup could enter to win either a Play Station 4 Pro, an XBOX One X, a Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones or two Fitbits. The 2019 winner was Tanner Hills.

Teenagers are still growing and developing and don’t always know if what they are experiencing is normal or not. A teenager who is experiencing depression might not know that there is help for him. A girl who has questions about her menstruation or sexuality might not have anyone else she is comfortable asking. Making sure teens get to the doctor every year is one way to help them stay healthy and happy. Additionally, health plans are required to cover preventative services. That means you should be able to get your child’s exam with no cost to you.

Public Health is offering a new prize drawing in 2020. This year there will be first, second and third place prizes. Aitkin County teens will have the opportunity to win a choice of AirPods, Fitbit or Kindle (first place),;a choice of Echo Smart Speaker with Alexa or $100 gift card from Best Buy, American Eagle, Dick’s or Gander Mt. (second place); a Hydro Flask (third place). Once again, Aitkin County Public Health is hoping that the drawing encourages kids to take an interest in their health, and that their experience teaches them that a yearly checkup is beneficial and educational. Look for 2020 drawing information and entries at Aitkin, Hill City and McGregor high schools. This year, entry forms are also available from providers at Riverwood Healthcare Center. For questions, call Stacey Durgin Smith, Child and Teen Checkups Coordinator, at 218-927-7224 or e-mail stacey.durgin@co.aitkin.mn.us.

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