Source: Suburban News
Fifty seventh grade students were at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y on April 28, to participate in a jeopardy-style Health Bee supported by United Healthcare. Kumpf Middle School in Clark won the competition by 10 points and will receive $1,000 award from UnitedHealthcare.
Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains came in second place and also won the school with the most spirit. They will be awarded $250. St. John the Apostle School in Clark won the pop culture speed round and will win iTune gift cards. It was a very competitive game with Park Middle School falling just short at the end of the first round.
The goal of the Health Bee competition is to help teach our young people to live healthier lives by understanding the importance of physical activity and nutrition. This competition compliments the free seventh grade membership initiative being offered at Ys statewide.
Research indicates that seventh grade is a key juncture in a child’s development of attitudes and behaviors, including such factors as body image, nutrition and self-esteem. In addition, it’s a time of accelerated physical and emotional change.
As trends in childhood obesity skyrocket, improving our children’s health will take a community effort. By partnering with the YMCA, UnitedHealthcare hopes to help students enhance their self-esteem and increase their understanding of the importance of exercise and diet throughout their teen years and into adulthood.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs, or to request a schedule of classes, call the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at 908-889-8880 or visit http://fspymca.org. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.