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7th-Grade Students Will Answer Questions About Food and Fitness During The Westfield Area Y's UnitedHealthcare Health Bee

Christine Alger

Thursday, April 11, 2013 • 1:35pm

The Westfield Area Y is hosting its fourth annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee on April 30th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Robert and Virginia Bauer Branch located at 422 East Broad Street in Westfield. Seventh grade students from all eight schools within our service area of Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside and Westfield will exercise with their brain instead of their muscles. Set up in Jeopardy-style rounds of competition, the students will use their quick thinking skills in this test of health and wellness knowledge. 

The event will feature a panel of judges, parents and students from Edison Intermediate, Roosevelt Intermediate in Westfield, Lincoln School in Garwood, Holy Trinity in Westfield, Hillside Avenue, Orange Avenue and St. Michael’s Schools from Cranford and Deerfield School in Mountainside, will answer questions in the categories of General Health and Science, Physical Fitness and Food and Nutrition.   

Each round will have three categories: Physical Fitness, Food and Nutrition and General Health and Science.  At the end of each round, the teams that do not advance to the final round will face off in a pop culture contest. The final round will determine who will take home the grand prize awarded of $1,000 and be crowned the winner!

Greg Hatzisavvas, Westfield Area Y Senior Director of Wellness and Member Engagement states, "We are very happy to be able to offer this program to the seventh graders within our area.  We are also extremely grateful to UnitedHealthcare for sponsoring our Health Bee each year."

The Westfield Area Y and UnitedHealthcare have offered a special program to 7th graders within their service area, stressing the importance of fitness and good nutritional choices.  They plan on continuing the initiative next year. The Health Bee is a part of the Y’s fitness program for seventh grade students.  The Y’s commitment is to make sure students value a healthy body and a healthy mind.  Research indicates that 7th grade is a key juncture in a child’s development of attitudes and behaviors, including such factors as body image, nutrition and self esteem.  Seventh grade is a time of accelerated physical and emotional change.  Through the Y’s program, the Westfield Area Y is helping students enhance their self esteem and increase their understanding of the importance of exercise and diet throughout their teen years and into adulthood. To date, more than 350 students have enrolled in this program. 

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit www.westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

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