Results are in for the Oregon Health Authority's annual Problem Gambling Awareness calendar art search. Designs from two Marion County youth are among the top 12 artistic designs selected from entries submitted throughout the state. The student art calendar contest is sponsored by OHA's Health Systems Division.
Congratulations to Jesus Mendoza and Elizabeth Painter who will have their art featured in the 2018 calendar. Both are 7th grade students from Claggett Creek Middle School in Keizer and entered the art search as part of an activity encouraged through their health classes.
There were 90 entries from Marion County middle school students as part of this year's local art search. Marion County awarded prizes for the top five entries that moved on to the state contest. These included the two state award winners as well as entries by Daniela Santos, grade 7, Claggett Creek Middle School; Diana Beane, grade 7, Parrish Middle School; and Logan Martinez, Grade 7, Claggett Creek Middle School.
Statewide, it is estimated that about 1 in 25 youth ages 10 to 18 may have a potential gambling problem. However, many youth are making healthy choices and in Marion County most youth do not participate in gambling activities. According to data from the 2016 Student Wellness Survey, more than 65 percent of 8th graders and 63 percent of 11th graders in Marion County indicated they had not gambled in the past 30 days.
The 2018 Problem Gambling Awareness calendar will be printed and distributed this fall. For more information about problem gambling prevention, or to request a free calendar, please contact Susan McLauchlin, Marion County Health Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 981-2464.