|Students concentrate as they get ready to buzz in|
|Parents, teachers, classmates and local officials cheered on the teams|
Approximately 50 students participated in the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee, which is a high-energy competition that quizzes students on their knowledge about health, science, fitness and nutrition. In the end, Hillside Avenue School prevailed, taking home the top title and a $1,000 prize from UnitedHealthcare to support health and fitness programs at the school. Deerfield School earned second place and a $500 prize, while Lincoln School took home the school spirit award and a $250 prize.
|Hillside Avenue School took home the top prize|
This year marked the seventh year that UnitedHealthcare has hosted the Health Bee in partnership with the Westfield Area Y. We began the competition as a way to educate kids about good health at a critical juncture in their development as they begin to make their own choices about what to eat, how often to exercise and how they feel about their bodies. The YMCA incorporated the Health Bee into its 7th Grade Initiative, which teaches students about fitness, nutrition, positive body image and self esteem. Students also receive a complimentary YMCA membership allowing them access to the pool, gym and fitness equipment at the YMCA.
Over the years, the community has rallied to support the annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee. Not only do the students enjoy the friendly competition, but parents, teachers, siblings and classmates fill the gym to cheer on their teams and celebrate good health. Local public officials, including Mayor Charles Lombardo of Garwood and Mayor Paul Mirabelli of Mountainside, also show up to lend their support to the program.
|The high-energy competition brought out students' team spirit|
Because of the popularity and success of the competition, UnitedHealthcare has expanded the program to other New Jersey YMCAs. Later this spring, we will host competitions at YMCA branches in Elizabeth, Metuchen and Fanwood/Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
For more information about the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee program contact Mary McElrath-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.