ELIZABETH, NJ - On Wednesday, Union County middle school students focused their brainpower on health as they competed in the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee in Elizabeth.

Students had prepared for the Health Bee since the beginning of the school year. The quiz show-style competition is designed to get middle-school students excited about health, fitness and nutrition. 

UnitedHealthcare awarded the winning team $1,000 to support school programs that fight childhood obesity, and the second-place team was awarded $500. UnitedHealthcare also awarded $250 to the school with the most school spirit, by encouraging teams and inviting their school mascots and fellow students to cheer them on at the high-energy competition.

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On hand for the event were Paul Marden, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey Joseph Przytula, Supervisor of Physical Education, Health, & Safety, Elizabeth Public Schools Mike Johnson, Director of Association Initiatives, Gateway Family YMCA, Parents, teachers, administrators, mascots and seventh-grade students from:

·         Wilson School

·         Battin School

·         Mabel G Holmes School

·         Reilly School

·         Madison-Monroe School

·         Mravlag School

·         Edreira School

·         Pantoija School

Photo Gallery Captions:

Photo 2 - UHC Elizabeth Bee First Place: A team of seventh graders from Dr. Orlando Edreira Academy were awarded first place during the 2019 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee competition in Elizabeth, N.J. Paul Marden, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey presented the winning team with a $1,000 grand prize to help fund the school’s health and wellness programs. Winfield Scott School earned second place and a $500 prize, and Terrence C. Reilly School took home the school spirit award and a $250 prize. Led by their advisors Ms. Lori Abry and Mr. Thomas Baranek, the students awarded the grand prize from Edreira Academy were Eddy Cruz, Adriana Mejia, Ryan Balboa, Kristina Ivezai, Matthew Souza, Brielle Velez and Brian Tecpanecati(Photo: Clutch Shot Productions -UnitedHealth Care)

Photo - 3 UHC Elizabeth Bee Second Place: 

A team of seventh graders from Winfield Scott School celebrate their second place victory at the 2019 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee last night, earning the school funding for its health and wellness programs. The UnitedHealthcare Health Bee, in its 10th year, is s show-style competition designed to get middle-school students excited about health, fitness, and nutrition. (Photo: Clutch Shot Productions -UnitedHealth Care) 

Photo 4 - UHC Elizabeth Bee School Spirit: 

A team of seventh graders from Terrance C. Reilly School won the School Spirit Award during the 2019 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee last night, earning the school funding for its health and wellness programs. In partnership with the Gateway Family YMCA, the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee was hosted last night as part of a statewide initiative to fight childhood obesity and physical inactivity. (Photo: Clutch Shot Productions -UnitedHealth Care) 

Photo 5: UHC Elizabeth Bee Senator: 

NJ State Senator Joseph Cryan helped kick off the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee last night at Donald Stewart School and hosted the first round of the competition. More than 60 students from seven local middle schools participated in the spirited quiz show-style competition designed to get middle-school students excited about health, fitness, and nutrition.UnitedHealthcare awarded Edreira Academy a $1,000 grand prize. Winfield Scott earned second place and a $500 prize, Terrence C. Reilly School took home the school spirit award and a $250 prize. (Photo: Clutch Shot Productions -UnitedHealth Care)

Nearly a third of New Jersey youth are overweight or obese, according to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® 2018 Health of Women and Children Report. Middle school is a critical time in pre-teens’ development during which they begin to form healthy habits and attitudes about self-esteem and body image that will last into adulthood.

To help set students on a path to good health, UnitedHealthcare teamed up with four local New Jersey YMCAs for the 10th annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee. The UnitedHealthcare Health Bee educates students about nutrition, physical fitness, and overall health in a way that’s fun and engaging.

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