MIDDLESEX COUNTY—The county health department and Board of Chosen Freeholders are recently announced the winners of the “Get Active. Eat Right. Be Healthy.” poster contest. This initiative supports the county’s “Campaign to Combat Childhood Obesity” designed to reduce childhood obesity through improvements in fitness and healthy behavior.
Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the county’s Public Health and Education Committee, said, “I applaud the hard work and creativity that went into all of the wonderful entries submitted by the students. It was difficult to limit our choices to just 12 winners, since all of the posters were exceptional.”
The contest was open to all public and non-public school children in grades three through six in the county. More than 850 entries from 27 schools were submitted. Twelve winning posters were chosen based on their creative message and artistic representation to promote children to lead healthy lifestyles.
Middlesex County Public Health Department Director-Health Officer, David A. Papi said, “This poster contest brings attention to the importance of developing healthy habits for life that include physical activity and good nutrition. Every person, especially young students, can make simple changes in their lives to achieve better health and fitness.”
The winners will have their posters printed in a calendar, will be given a Freeholder proclamation, and will receive a U.S. Savings Bond as a gift from the Middlesex County Elks chapters. The 12-month calendars will start as of March 2010 in order to celebrate National Nutrition Month.
The winners of the “Get Active. Eat Right. Be Healthy.” poster contest in alphabetical order are:
1. Nihit Chavan, fifth grade, Benjamin Franklin School, Edison
2. Oscar Chen, fourth grade, Martin Luther King School, Edison
3. Justin Cheung, third grade, James A. McDivitt Elementary School, Old Bridge
4. Chloe Dale, fourth grade, J. P. Faber School, Dunellen
5. Sean Gao, fifth grade, Bartle Elementary School, Highland Park
6. Sonia Hua, fifth grade, Washington Elementary School, Edison
7. Annie Ikemoto, fourth grade, Martin Luther King School, Edison
8. Michelle Li, fourth grade, Martin Luther King School, Edison
9. Matthew Liu, third grade, Martin Luther King School, Edison
10. Mariah Martinez, fourth grade, Washington Elementary School, Edison
11. Anagha Oke, third grade, Martin Luther King School, Edison
12. Rebecca Reveron, sixth grade, Jonas Salk Middle School, Old Bridge
“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this program. I would further like to thank school administrators, teachers, students, health educators, Elks chapters, Public Health Department staff, and the Middlesex County Reprographics Division for their commitment to health and fitness to create a healthier Middlesex County,” Rios said.
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