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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Your Child's Artwork Can Win $500:

The American Academy of Pediatrics is sponsoring its 5th Annual National Art Contest For Children. The contest is open to children in grades 3-12. Children can submit multiple pieces of artwork on the theme "Protecting Children from Tobacco Smoke." There will be a first and second place winner for each of the three age groups: grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. First place winners will receive a cash prize of $500 and a trip to Washington D.C for a presentation ceremony. Second place winners will receive a cash prize of $250. Matching cash prizes will be awarded to each 1st and 2nd place student's school.

Artwork should be submitted by July 31, 2009 to: National Art Contest, American Academy of Pediatrics, 141, Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Artwork must be accompanied by a consent form and entry form. For more information visit the AAP website.

Not only is this a fun contest for youngsters to participate in, it is also a wonderful opportunity to talk to your child about smoking. Even preschoolers are old enough for a simple discussion about the harms of smoking. When discussing smoking with young children focus on the fact that it is not good for your body. A simple statement such as, "Smoking lets dirty air into your lungs and can make your lungs sick" is enough to get the point across. For tips on talking to your preschooler about smoking check-out this site. For more advice on how to talk to your school-age or pre-teen about smoking, visit the following site.