PROVIDENCE, RI – June 8, 2016 – The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island hosted the 2016 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House on Wednesday, May 25. The awards ceremony recognized six outstanding students in grades K-5 whose posters were selected, highlighting their favorite physical activity and favorite healthy food. Winning students demonstrated how physical activity and healthy eating helps build healthy hearts, healthy families and healthy communities. Seven hundred posters from all over Rhode Island were submitted for consideration this year.
Winners with Carolyn Belisle – From left: Makayla Scuncio, Zoe Hall, Tatum Brennan, Ryan Capraro, Aidan Chen, and Trinity Young
Photography by Kim DiLuro
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Today, about one out of three American kids and teens are overweight or obese — nearly triple the rate in 1963. Obesity is causing a broad range of health problems in children that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. There are also psychological effects. Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. However, there’s good news: obesity can be stopped. And it doesn’t take high-tech treatments or cutting-edge medications. The solution begins and ends with the daily decisions we make — like choosing to be physically active and eating healthy foods.
“The American Heart Association is committed to helping kids and families live heart healthy lives,” said Carolyn Belisle, American Heart Association Volunteer from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. “As we educate and lobby lawmakers to support policies that promote access to healthy foods and safe places to play and be active in Rhode Island, we want to take the extra step to get students involved!”
Winners for Grades K-2:
1st place – Tatum Brennan – Hathaway School, Portsmouth
2nd place – Zoe Hall – Wawaloam School, Exeter
3rd place – Ryan Capraro – Winsor Hill School, Johnston
Winners for Grades 3-5:
1st place –Makayla Scuncio – Winsor Hill School, Johnston
2nd place – Aidan Chen – Melville Elementary, Portsmouth
3rd place – Trinity Young – 4-H Club, Newport
About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.