IDPH celebrates Red Ribbon Week

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the National Family Partnership in observing Red Ribbon Week 2018 on Oct. 23-31. Since 1988, the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign has influenced drug prevention efforts. The red ribbon symbolizes an empowerment for communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

This year’s theme is “Life is a Journey, Travel Drug Free.” A simple way for Iowans to participate in Red Ribbon Week is to make a pledge online at “Make a commitment to your children during Red Ribbon Week. You can help them grow up in a safe, healthy and drug-free environment,” said Jill Wright, Community Health Consultant. To find more ideas on how to celebrate Red Ribbon Week in your community, visit