Monmouth and Ocean County Fourth Graders Invited To Enter Children's Calendar Contest

Contact:Tom Paolella, Public Relations Manager
Phone:732-530-2282
Email:tpaolella@meridianhealth.com

Monmouth and Ocean County Fourth Graders Invited To Enter Children's Calendar Contest

Meridian Pediatric Network Calendar Contest open to all 4th graders in Monmouth and Ocean counties - asks kids to submit picture depicting how they live a healthy and safe life

Calling all 4th graders! Dr. Bernard, friendly mascot and director of fun and good health at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, has asked his pal and fellow "Pawsitive Action Team" member, Picatso, to help him make a calendar for 2011. Picatso is asking all 4th graders in Monmouth and Ocean counties to draw a colorful picture showing how they like to stay fit and healthy and enter it in the Meridian Pediatric Network Calendar Contest.

Join us in this fun art project by submitting a drawing depicting the theme, "How I Live a Healthy and Safe Life". Pictures can include favorite sports, healthy foods, or ways to stay safe. The contest is currently accepting entries with the deadline for submissions no later than May 1, 2010. Entries will be judged based on the artist's ability to create a picture within the contest theme, quality of artwork, and overall artistic ability.

The winners of the calendar contest will be announced on May 27, 2010, and will receive prizes from the Meridian Pediatric Network. Winners will have their artwork featured in the 2011 Meridian Pediatric Network Calendar for a specific month, with the grand prize winner's artwork featured on the cover of the calendar. Dr. Bernard will also visit each winner's classroom to recognize them on their outstanding job in helping him complete this calendar.

"Dr. Bernard's goal is to keep children healthy through fun-filled educational programs," says Steven Kairys, M.D., Chairman of Pediatrics at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital. "This calendar contest is the perfect way for kids to think about how they can live a healthier lifestyle."

Please visit www.khovnanianchildrenshospital.com/kidscontest for official rules, mailing information, and required entry form. The entry form includes a permission slip which must be signed and submitted with each child's drawing.

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is at the heart of the Meridian Pediatric Network, and offers the most subspecialty care and pediatric expertise in the region. The Meridian Pediatric Network is made-up of a comprehensive lineup of doctors, nurses, caregivers, and services that provide seamless coordination for children through every step of an injury or illness. No program in Monmouth and Ocean counties offers more complete, coordinated care, can be accessed from Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, or at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. For more information on the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital or to receive a list of pediatric specialists, please call 1-800-DOCTORS.