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Liberty Health Teacher Receives Award for Skin Cancer Curriculum

Release Date: 12/2/2010 9:07:03 AM

Jeremy Davis, a health teacher at Liberty High School, has received an award from the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF) for his effective and successful use of the Foundation’s skin cancer curriculum during the 2009-2010 school year.
 
The JMNMF Teen Awareness Program helps students explore the health risks from too much sun and the use of tanning beds and what they can do to protect themselves. The curriculum provides a self-contained comprehensive lesson plan, as well as interactive audio-visual aids. Emphasis is placed on students understanding and recognizing skin cancer types and risks for melanoma, increasing their personal knowledge and safety, and encouraging them to make “UV-safe” decisions and practices. Melanoma is the most dangerous and lethal form of skin cancer and is the second most common cancer among adolescents and young adults from ages 15 to 29.
 
The Foundation presented Davis with a citation award, as well as a sun-shade canopy for his successful program launch and the remarkable student progress in learning about skin cancer and the risks of UV radiation.
 
Dawn Rathgeber, Coordinator of Health Education for Carroll County Public Schools, worked closely with the Foundation to tailor the program to enhance the facilitation and use of the curriculum by Carroll County high school health teachers to provide a valuable learning opportunity for students.

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