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Public Education Efforts Win National Award

The National Environmental Health Association recognized the City of Garland with its Educational Contribution Award for its efforts to inform and educate the public about mosquito control and prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses.

The Garland Health Department’s “Fight the Bite” campaign, featuring an educational video produced by the City’s Public & Media Relations Department, received the award earlier this summer during NEHA’s Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition.

The fun, five-minute video is intended to teach elementary school students about West Nile Virus and how to protect themselves. The goal is for children to share this information at home so their families can take a proactive approach toward eliminating the mosquitoes that transmit the virus to people. Environmental Health Specialist Jeff Crocker plays Dr. Culex Q. Fasciatus, a somewhat “nutty” professor who begins the journey in the lab, shows kids where mosquitos can be found, and finally teaches how to help eliminate the mosquitoes which in turn helps slow the spread of the West Nile Virus.

“We wanted a video that would be fun for kids to watch,” says Cindy Corley, Environmental Health Manager for the Garland Health Department. “If students remember what they’ve learned in the video, they’re more likely to take the message home, and share it with others.”

“Fight the Bite!” is being offered free-of-charge to any educational or not-for-profit organization who wishes to help spread the West Nile prevention message. The video can be found on the City of Garland Health Department West Nile Virus Information page. For additional information, please contact Cindy Corley at 972-205-3460 or email at CCorley@garlandtx.gov.