Calls for artwork in sun safety contest

Tucson area middle and high school students are invited to submit entries into a "Sun Safe" art contest sponsored by the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute.

Entries will be accepted through Friday.

Tucson has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, which is why it's paramount for local children to learn sun safety skills that can be lifesaving, UA officials say.

Through the art contest, students will learn how to protect their skin from the sun and translate what they learned into an art project.

To enter, students are asked to review the sun safety skills, then create an original work that illustrates what they learned.

Two first-place winners will win a Protect Your Skin kiosk for their school. One middle school and one high school entry each will be awarded a Protect Your Skin station for their school that will provide sunscreen to students to use, as well as signs to remind students to protect their skin. In addition, passes to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners.

Goal of grant: Increase in physical activity

The Arizona Business Coalition on Health has been awarded a nearly $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and United Health Foundation to improve health among Pima County residents through increased physical activity.

Through a program of the National Business Coalition on Health, the award will provide the coalition and its partners with resources to engage employers, community organizations and local health systems in a community health and wellness summit this summer to develop a plan to increase physical activity.

The coalition will work with the Pima County Health Department to identify best practices for increasing physical activity leading up to a health and wellness summit in August. The goal of the summit is to produce a plan to improve health through increased physical activity while also developing a model that will connect ongoing health planning efforts throughout the county.

County officials say it will continue the work done from 2010 to 2012 when the county and several partners received a $16 million grant to improve local health under the federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work program.

The Arizona Business Coalition on Health is the local chapter of the national Business Coalition on Health.

Mental illness support group formed

A support group for family members and friends of people with mental illness will be held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church.

The support group's first meeting will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 22 in the Desert Sage Room at the church. Desert Sage is in La Parroquia, the small building at the south of the church campus.

The group is sponsored by the Southern Arizona affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Group leaders will guide discussions about challenges facing those whose loved one has a mental disorder diagnosis. For more information and to register, contact Sharon Nielsen at 299-0682 or

St. Philip's is located at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at River Road. The office phone number is 299-6421.

Parking is available in the north parking lot or on the east side under the solar parking structure.

Bipolar disorder film to be shown Tuesday

A documentary about bipolar disorder called "Of Two Minds" is scheduled to screen at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A question-and-answer panel will be held after the screening with Director Douglas Blush and professionals from the local mental health care community.

The film follows the lives of several people with bipolar disorder.

More information is available at

Better joints topic of June presentation

A free presentation titled "Building Better Joints: The Future of Cartilage Tissue Engineering" is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 5.

The event will be at DuVal Auditorium at the University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

The future of joint resurfacing will be discussed by top UA orthopaedic innovator and researcher John A. Szivek, who is nationally recognized for his studies of bone and cartilage regeneration with the goal of repairing damaged joints.

Szivek will discuss research and advances in cartilage regeneration and engineering strategies.

Seating is limited, and prior registration is requested. Go to, call 626-5040 or email for more information.

On StarNet: Find more science, technology and health stories at

Contact Star medical reporter Stephanie Innes at or 573-4134.