For Immediate Release
March 27, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Choose Respect Workshop Scheduled for March 30

Workshop Presented in Partnership with KTWU-TV

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is collaborating with KTWU-TV in Topeka to offer a free workshop on Friday, March 30, from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Topeka Shawnee County Library. The event is being held to discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Choose Respect Initiative.

The workshop is open to anyone who works with middle school or high school youth (grades 6-12). Participants will be given an opportunity to preview the Choose Respect video “Causing Pain” that will air on KTWU on Monday, April 9, at 9:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The Choose Respect Initiative focuses on assisting youth in choosing healthy relationships and avoiding behaviors that would lead to future dating violence. Each year, about 1 in 11 adolescents report being a victim of physical dating abuse. Helping adolescents develop skills for healthy relationships can prevent many of these cases.

Participants in the workshop will each receive a Choose Respect kit that will help them implement the initiative within their school, community or organization. To register for the workshop, please contact Barbara Kanelakos at or at

For more than 40 years, KTWU-TV has been broadcasting local public television in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. KTWU also broadcasts three distinct digital television signals. KTWU was the first public television station in the state of Kansas to begin broadcasting educational programming. For information on programming, visit .

The Kansas Choose Respect Initiative is coordinated through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Injury Prevention Program. For more information, please visit or