Teen meller feted for promoting health issues

The WB teen meller “Dawson’s Creek” was feted Wednesday in L.A. with a SHINE Award, for consistently exploring and promoting sexual health issues on TV.

The recognition came from the Media Project, a partnership between the nonprofit org Advocates for Youth and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Awards, honoring notable portrayals of family planning, sexuality, and reproductive health in TV, were distributed among various networks at the ceremony, held at the Skirball Cultural Center.

“We are thrilled to be able to honor “Dawsons Creek” for its commitment to issues of teen sexual health,” said Kate Langrall Folb, director of the Media Project.

“On ‘Dawsons,’ the writers and producers have addressed everything from parent-child communication and partner communication to normalizing condom use among young people and HIV testing. Not only have they been consistent about portraying these issues but also they have made a commitment to use any appropriate opportunity to impart important sexual health information. We applaud their courage and vision,” she added.

The comedy category saw a tie between “Moesha” (“Let’s Talk About Sex”) and “Popular” (“Booty Camp”), while the drama nod went to Lifetime’s “Any Day Now,” (“Hey Ugly”).

Other winners included entertainment special, Starz’s “The Unknown Cyclist”; informational/docu, MTV’ s “True Life: I Need Sex RX”; series storyline, Fox’s “That 70’s Show; yakker, MTV’s “Loveline” (“Buddy Hackett Episode”); youth program, UPN’s “Teen Files” (“The Truth About Sex.”)

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