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Media Release

Tedra White

ProMedica
419-291-2330
tedra.white@promedica.org

ProMedica Announces the Winners of its Third Annual Fields of Green Childhood Obesity Program

posted on: 11/28/2011

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Alice Hackworth of Bowling Green High School (far left) and Randy Oostra, president and chief executive officer of ProMedica posed with Jennifer and Ryan after the competition.

TOLEDO, Ohio, Feb. 1, 2011 – ProMedica announced the winners of its third-annual Fields of Green high school scholarship competition at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Jennifer Gerdeman and Ryan Stefanich from Bowling Green High School won first-place and each received $5,000 college scholarships for their “Breakfast Boot Camp” program which included five in-school and five at-home meals, plus education materials for parents on the importance of healthy eating. Their program will be implemented at an area elementary school this spring, and ProMedica will award $1,000 to their high school for its health and science program.

Two students from Blissfield High School in Blissfield, Mich. came in second place and each received $2,500 college scholarships.

Five student teams from schools within ProMedica’s 27-county service area in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan presented their breakfast programs to judges from WGTE, Toledo Public Schools and ProMedica. Entries were judged on nutritional content, presentation and creativity, and appeal to elementary school children. Each team was required to submit a detailed proposal about their program, adult education materials, and a visual aid. The maximum budget per meal was $2.

The Fields of Green program was developed to raise awareness about proper nutrition and exercise, and to increase access to healthier food in under-served areas.

Previous scholarship programs focused on improving the quality of school lunches and encouraging physical fitness in elementary schools. The scholarship program is part of a larger, comprehensive ProMedica initiative encompassing a variety of health and nutrition programs. Another program called the Healthy Kids Conversation Map® Program includes a series of interactive and educational sessions conducted in various community settings to foster healthy nutrition and exercise habits in children and adults.

Two students from Blissfield High School in Blissfield, Mich. came in second place and each received $2,500 college scholarships.

Five student teams from schools within ProMedica’s 27-county service area in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan presented their breakfast programs to judges from WGTE, Toledo Public Schools and ProMedica. Entries were judged on nutritional content, presentation and creativity, and appeal to elementary school children. Each team was required to submit a detailed proposal about their program, adult education materials, and a visual aid. The maximum budget per meal was $2.

The Fields of Green program was developed to raise awareness about proper nutrition and exercise, and to increase access to healthier food in under-served areas.

Previous scholarship programs focused on improving the quality of school lunches and encouraging physical fitness in elementary schools. The scholarship program is part of a larger, comprehensive ProMedica initiative encompassing a variety of health and nutrition programs. Another program called the Healthy Kids Conversation Map® Program includes a series of interactive and educational sessions conducted in various community settings to foster healthy nutrition and exercise habits in children and adults.

 

ProMedica, a mission-based organization that is ranked the No. 2 most integrated health system in the U.S., was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization with nearly 14,000 employees; 3,000 physicians and more than 306 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica serves more than 2.73 million patients annually and includes 11 hospitals; ProMedica Continuum Services with senior, hospice, rehabilitation, and integrative services; ProMedica Physicians, a network of more than 315 primary care and specialty physicians; and Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio.


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