Obviously, health is something that matters to me. But ya’ll? This is a recent realization for me. I am trying to change the way I perceive food and fitness — not for me, but for the sake of my kids. They deserve me healthy.
I’m excited this contest from Blue Cross Blue Shield has come back around for the second year because it’s so fab! I love that it empowers kids to talk about health, and in return, rewards them for their efforts.
Check out the information that follows, and I hope if you have a child in grades 4-8, you encourage them to enter!
From the press release:
Michigan has an estimated 400,000 obese or overweight children, which is why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is kicking off the second year of “Make the Play for Healthy Habits,” a video contest that challenges kids in grades 4-8 to answer the following question “What would you do to make Michigan healthier for yourself, your family or your classmates?”
Video submissions are being accepted Jan. 30 – March 29. In April, 10 semi-finalists will be selected and notified and their video submissions will be posted on aHealthierMichigan.org for a two-week public voting period. The winner will be announced in early May.
The winner of the contest gets a special school assembly with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford this spring and will get to star as a host of his/her own healthy lifestyle video blog series on aHealthierMichigan.org.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford with last year’s winner, Hailey Samples
Video submissions should be no more than two minutes long. They should creatively answer the question “What would you do to make Michigan healthier?” and include the student’s perspective on how themselves, their family, teachers and classmates can live a healthier life. Students should explain how they would communicate healthy lifestyle choices with their families and fellow students.
Students can submit a video using any digital recording device using an MP3 format, such as a smartphone, iPad, Flip video or webcam or they can upload a video via YouTube. For more information, please visit aHealthierMichigan.org/kidcontest.
Students, grades four through eight, must be enrolled in an accredited public or private learning institution within Michigan to participate.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. The CDC also reports that 14.2 percent of Michigan adolescents in grades nine through 12 are overweight, while 11.9 percent are obese. In children ages two to five years, 16.3 percent are overweight and 13.3 percent are obese.
How do you encourage your kids to be healthy?