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WWGH's "My Health Heartwork" Contest Generates More Than 180 Entries from Walla Walla Students

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Walla Walla General Hospital’s "My Healthy Heartwork" student drawing contest, which asked Walla Walla youth to depict through artwork how they care for their own hearts as well as the hearts of others, received more than 180 entries in its inaugural year.

Four winning submissions from the promotion, which was held in conjunction with February’s national American Heart Month awareness campaign, will be displayed at Book & Game in downtown Walla Walla. Winning entries included submissions from Leila (age 6), Giselle (age 7), Ali (age 8), and Eden (age 10). Runner-up and additional entries will be displayed at the hospital’s Creekside Café, as well as on the Walla Walla General Hospital Facebook page.

"Students have such vivid imaginations that we wanted to get them talking about and expressing their unique views on heart health through art, and the variety and creativity of entries we received did not disappoint," said Kristi Spurgeon Johnson, director of marketing for Walla Walla General Hospital. "In addition to taking responsibility for the health of their own hearts, kids also play an instrumental role in keeping their parents, family members, and loved ones accountable for the health of their hearts."

Students were prompted with the question and statement, “How do you care for your heart? Draw it! Whether it’s a favorite sport, healthy food or special person whose heart you care about, show us your heartwork.” Entry forms were made available to students at Walla Walla public schools and Rogers Adventist School in College Place, as well as a downloadable entry form online.

"Any time we can combine education and entertainment to convey important health messages to our children and to our community, it’s a win for everyone involved," said Spurgeon Johnson.