TEEN OUTREACH PROGRAM USING PHOTOGRAPHY TO HIGHLIGHT LOCAL YOUTH

TOP or the Teen Outreach Program in Uintah County has found a unique way to highlight the youth in their program supported by TriCounty Health Department. The ‘TOP in a Box Art Show’ uses photography to show the world through the eyes of these outstanding youth. About 10 youth from Vernal Middle School are participating in the photovoice project that “gives the youth the opportunity to show others the TOP program through their eyes, through their perspective and to give others a greater understanding of what TOP is, what the youth do, and how they feel about the program.” The public is invited to come and see this unique art show and for everyone to meet the youth behind the photos and to learn how to become involved in the worthy local causes. The public event will be held May 4th from 4 to 6pm at TriCounty Health Department in Vernal.

UPCOMING ‘DRUG TAKE BACK’ EVENT STRETCHED OVER TWO DAYS, THREE LOCATIONS

An opportunity to make your home and community a safer place is coming up this weekend with the Drug Take Back events in Uintah and Duchesne Counties. Drug Take Back events give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by giving citizens the chance to safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Pills and patches will be accepted but the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. Last fall, 456 tons of prescription drugs were turned in at over 5,300 sites across the nation and in that last seven years, over 4,500 tons of pills have been safely disposed of. The importance of these events continue to increase as the issue of prescription drug abuse continues to rise in Utah. Drug Take Back events are planned for Friday, April 27th, at Al’s Food Town in Duchesne from 10am to noon and on Saturday, April 28th, at Davis Food & Drug in Roosevelt and Walmart in Vernal from 10am to 2pm. For more information, visit www.tricountyhealth.com.

TRICOUNTY HEALTH: IMMUNIZE BY 2 AGAINST 14 DISEASES

TriCounty Health Department is encouraging the community to protect their children and immunize by 2 against 14 serious diseases. The CDC estimates that vaccines will prevent 855,000 deaths in the lifetime of children born between 1994 and 2016. “What an amazing thing that we have vaccines to be able to protect our kids. We need to utilize what we have so we can protect them and create a brighter future,” shares vaccine coordinator Cynthia Mattinson. “As a parent and grandparent, vaccinations help give me peace of mind knowing all that they do to protect those I love.” To learn more information about vaccines, visit www.cdc.gov or speak with a nurse at TriCounty Health Department. TriCounty Health is holding a coloring contest and drawing for children that receive immunizations in April. The health department’s website is www.tricountyhealth.com

On basinnow.com 4-11-18