Students helping kids stay healthy

. February 18, 2013.

High school students looking for a challenge, and who want to help keep their fellow young people healthy and happy, are invited to enter Promedica’s third annual Fields of Green scholarship contest. The program asks teams of students to come up with their own ideas to improve nutrition in elementary schools and promote physical fitness, with the goal of reducing childhood obesity. As many as one in three children under nineteen can be classified as overweight or obese, and this situation poses substantial public health risks in the coming decades.
“The statistics are alarming,” states Promedica CEO Randy Oostra, “and it’s going to require organizations, schools and parents working together to tackle this epidemic.” This year’s scholarship contest challenges students to create an affordable breakfast program for elementary schools, with at least ten different meals which exceed USDA nutritional recommendations. Each member of the winning team will receive a $5000 scholarship, and their winning proposal will become a pilot program at local schools next year.
The scholarship contest is open to students from grades 10-12. Entries must be received by December 1; the winners will be announced in January. See for more information.