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Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:31 CDT
Category: General Health

Video Contest Encourages Awareness of Health Insurance for Teens

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is sponsoring a video contest for teenagers as part of Health Insurance for Teens (HIT) Week, August 11th through 17th. The contest is an opportunity for Iowa teens to tell their story about why health insurance is important to them.

“Teens may not initially think about the importance of health insurance in their lives,” said IDPH Community Consultant Sylvia Petersen, who is coordinating the contest. “We hope this contest will encourage them to take another look at their lives - are they able to manage a chronic illness? Afford other things because they do not have unexpected medical bills? Are they able to play sports? These are all reasons to have health insurance and there are many more.” The video can be a testimonial, scene that is acted out, music video, or rap.

Teens aged 13 to 19 who live in Iowa can participate in the contest by submitting a 90 second video about why health insurance is important to them. Videos are due by July 31, 2013 and winners will be announced during HIT Week in August. Prizes will be awarded to the top videos.

For more information and contest rules, visit

Contact Information: Polly Carver-Kimm at (515) 281-6693

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