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KIDS: Draw, Paint, Create— Be Heads Up about Concussion Safety

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

Heads Up Poster Contest on challenge.govWhen you watch a child’s creativity come to life, you can see how their imaginations help them describe the world around them. Through their artwork, they can share their thoughts and ideas with a peer, parent, or teacher. They can express their feelings and their important lessons in life.

If you give a child the opportunity to teach others about safety in their own words and images, you give them a way of reaching out in original and imaginative ways! With this in mind, CDC’s Injury Center is launching the Be Heads Up Poster Contest, which asks kids and teens (ages 5-18) to Draw, Paint, Create— Be Heads Up about concussion safety at school, home, or play!

By incorporating creativity and innovation, key concussion messages, a visual depiction of a positive message, and a quality image or design, these kids and teens can help educate their peers about how serious concussions are, how to recognize the symptoms of a brain injury, and what they can do if they think they have a concussion.

Submissions will be judged and a prize of $250 will be awarded to the winner in each age group.

Find out more about the Be Heads Up Poster Contest and start spreading the word about how children can get involved in preventing concussions!


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  1. July 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm ET  -   Kai Kubota

    Dear CDC,

    I am going to ask my nearly 17 yr old son if he has an interest in your contest. He may shy away from the idea as he now is coming to grubs with the fact that his 2 concurrent concussions were the root of his difficult last 9 months.
    I think somehow putting into a poster the idea of:
    ” would you ignore a broken leg (arm) (ankle)” then don’t ignore a head injury”.

    My son’s problem arose because no adult knew he “took a hit” to the head, but the kids knew. Had they reported, and an eval had taken place, we would not have been thru this last year of heartache.
    Thanks for your time.

    Mother of a TBI athlete

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