Six Young Rhode Islander’s Share the Importance of Healthy Living with American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield 2020 Get Healthy RI Postcard Contest
Providence, July 30th, 2020 — The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Get Healthy RI Postcard Contest. Students in Grades K-5 were asked to design a postcard and write a few words highlighting how they get healthy – and why it matters. Participants were asked to focus on three areas:
Eating healthy foods is one of the most important ways to keep your heart working at its best. Choose foods and beverages that help keep your heart — and the rest of your body — in top shape. Healthy options include water, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Try to limit salt, added sugars, and saturated and trans fats that harm your heart.
Kids should get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Kids who are active have better bone health, physical fitness, brain function, attention, academic performance, and self-esteem. Run, walk, and play every day — and have fun!
Don’t forget to limit screen time! Go outside and enjoy nature, listen to music, draw, do yoga, or just enjoy quiet time. Be sure to get plenty of sleep.
A few adjustments were made to this year’s contest in response to COVID-19. The AHA and BCBSRI are thrilled that students from across the state still took part in this fun activity and got creative at home. Our organizations are incredibly proud of the students who designed and submitted postcards – it is clear they know how important it is to eat well, stay active and be mindful to help ensure physical health and emotional wellbeing.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S AWARD RECIPIENTS:
1st place – Heily Soto, Pothier Elementary School, Woonsocket
2nd place – Mya Lopes, Rhodes School, Cranston
3rd place – Logan Authier, North Smithfield Elementary School, North Smithfield
1st place – Alivia Buteau, Old County Road School, Smithfield
2nd place – Mikayla Campbell, Narragansett Pier School, Narragansett
3rd place – Chase Santos, Glen Hills Elementary School, Cranston
Thank you to these incredible artists who are helping to ensure a healthy future for kids just like them!
The American Heart Association and our partners are working to ensure that the places where children live, learn and play make it easy and enjoyable for them to eat healthy foods, be active and embrace a heart-healthy lifestyle. As we educate decisionmakers about important policy initiatives to address these issues, we wanted to take the extra step to get students involved and give them a voice. Together, we will build a healthier Rhode Island. This contest was sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Foundation and the RI Healthy Schools Coalition. For more information visit heart.org.