Third Annual ProMedica Scholarship Competition Targets Childhood Obesity
posted on: 11/28/2011TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 14, 2011 – ProMedica has announced five student team finalists of its annual Fields of Green scholarship competition. The program, designed to target childhood obesity, required high school students to create home and school healthy breakfast plans for elementary school children. This month, students from the following schools will present their meal plans at a judging event for a chance to win $5,000 college scholarships, and $1,000 for their school’s health and science programs: Blissfield High School in Blissfield, Mich.; Coldwater High School in Coldwater, Ohio; Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Ohio; St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio; and St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo.
The competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, beginning at 9 a.m., at The Toledo Hospital’s Donald V. Kellermeyer Medical Education Center Auditorium, 2121 Hughes Drive. Note to media: The first-place team is expected to be announced around 11 a.m.
Each meal plan must include five in-school and five at-home meals, plus education materials for parents on the importance of healthy eating. The first-place program will be implemented at an elementary school in the ProMedica service area this spring.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for area students to influence real change in our schools and earn money for their higher education,” says Randy Oostra, president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to rewarding members of this year’s winning team for their hard work and creative ideas.”
This is ProMedica’ third high school scholarship program. Previous programs focused on improving the quality of school lunches and encouraging physical fitness in elementary schools.
The Fields of Green 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 among the Top 5 most integrated health systems in the U.S., was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization with more than 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 Physician Group, a network of more than 315 primary care and specialty physicians; and Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio.