For Immediate Release
May 4, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

“Choose Respect” Contest Winners Announced

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has announced the results of the Choose Respect “Express Yourself” contest. The winner’s names are posted on the contest Web site at

“I couldn’t be more pleased with all of the entries we received, and selecting a handful of winners was really a difficult choice,” said Laurie Hart with the Kansas Choose Respect program at KDHE. “It is wonderful to know that so many kids understand respect, and are willing to communicate about it with their peers.”

The Choose Respect “Express Yourself” contest winners are:

Kansas youth ages 11-16 submitted written essays on how youth make respectful choices in everyday life. A panel comprised of advocates, media specialists and health officials judged the essays. The winners will each receive an Apple I Pod Shuffle MP-3 player, and have the opportunity to participate in the production of a youth podcast about healthy relationships. Once completed, the podcast will be launched nationally through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Choose Respect Initiative.

Each year, about one in 11 adolescents report being a victim of physical dating abuse. Launched in Kansas in June 2006, the Choose Respect Initiative focuses on assisting youth in choosing healthy relationships and avoiding behaviors that would lead to future dating violence . For more information, please visit or