For Immediate Release
March 29, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: 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 Choose Respect workshop on Friday, March 30, from 1:30 - 4 p.m. at the Topeka Shawnee County Library. Choose Respect is a CDC and KDHE initiative focusing on assisting youth in choosing healthy relationships and avoiding behaviors that lead to future dating violence.

Participants will be given an opportunity to preview the Choose Respect video "Causing Pain," and receive a kit that will help them implement Choose Respect within their school, community or organization. The video 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.

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. The Kansas Choose Respect Initiative is coordinated through the KDHE Injury Prevention Program. For more information, please visit or

For more than 40 years, KTWU-TV has been broadcasting local public television in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. Please visit for more information.