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Teen Sun Safety Video


February 9, 2016

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-439


Montana Cancer Coalition Teen Sun Safety Video winners announced


Four Powder River County District High School students won the grand prize in the statewide Montana Cancer Coalition’s Sun Safety Video Challenge: “You Glow Girl: Forget the Tanning Bed, Just be YOU for the Prom.”

The video can be viewed here: Powder River Sun Beds Rev YouTube 1

The team was comprised of students Sage Collins, James Miller, Shuhan He, Riley Veis, and teacher Connie Barnhart.

The video challenge served as a project of the Montana Cancer Coalition (MTCC).

“We were concerned about the latest data on skin cancer incidence among high school students, especially young women,” stated Karen Lane, Prevention Programs Manager for Lewis and Clark County Public Health, and MTCC Prevention Team Co-chair, “In fact skin cancer, otherwise known as melanoma, is the most common cancer among 15 to 29-year-old women. The MTCC Prevention Team wanted to draw attention to the dangers of indoor tanning especially common prior to prom.”

“65 – 90 percent of melanomas are caused by ultraviolet (UV) light exposure like the exposure experienced through indoor tanning,” stated Laura Williamson, epidemiologist of the DPHHS Cancer Control Program. “In 2015, 17.1 percent of female high school students reported using a tanning bed in the past year.”

The challenge to high school students was to make a short video alerting their peers to the dangers of indoor tanning. High school principals across the state were sent the challenge information in September of 2015 and were encouraged to promote it as a fun and educational class or club project. “The response was enthusiastic and the entries were creative, fun and educational,” said Lane.

“We are grateful to the teachers and administrators who worked with and encouraged students, the staff of the Montana Cancer Coalition, and the generous prize donors, including individual donors and Town Pump, Inc.,” stated Lori Christiansen, Chronic Disease Prevention Program Manager for the Gallatin City County Health Department, and MTCC Prevention Team member.

The winning video will be showcased on local news stations within the Yellowstone and Powder River County areas. The winners received FitBit Charge fitness trackers. The video currently airing now through Sunday, May 29, during the 2016 prom season. 

For additional information, contact Nikki Campbell 406-444-7858.