For Immediate Release
February 20, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: KDHE 'Keep Our School Healthy' Flu DVD to Be
Introduced at Indian Creek Elem. School Assembly

All-School Assembly at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22,
at Indian Creek Elementary School, 4303 Indian Creek Rd., Topeka

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will introduce a DVD titled Keep Our School Healthy at an all-school assembly at Indian Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 3:15 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

The DVD, which contains two videos on preventing the spread of influenza in a school, features an animated version of Dr. Howard Rodenberg, KDHE Director of Health and Indian Creek School Nurse, Chris Tuck, R.N. Students from Indian Creek and Pleasant Hill Elementary Schools also appear in the videos.

Dr. Rodenberg will present Certificates of Appreciation to Chris Tuck, who was named Kansas School Nurse of the Year for 2006, and the student “stars” featured in the videos that target two groups of students; kindergarten through grade three and grades four through six. A short news conference will follow the assembly.

The DVD also contains printed material aimed at students, faculty, staff and parents, promoting four key messages to help prevent the spread of flu in schools:

Fact sheets and checklists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are also included on the DVD to assist schools should an influenza pandemic occur.

The Keep Our School Healthy DVD was created as part of KDHE’s Don’t Let Flu Bug U campaign, which was funded by a grant from the CDC.