The Westfield Area Y hosted the fourth annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee on April 30th at the Robert and Virginia Bauer Branch in Westfield. Seventh grade students from all eight middle schools within Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside and Westfield exercised with their brain instead of their muscles. Set up in Jeopardy-style rounds of competition, the students used their quick thinking skills in this test of health and wellness knowledge. 

The event featured a special guest host, co-anchor of My9 TV’s 10 O’clock News and Emmy Award winning broadcaster, Brenda Blackmon and 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. Participants answered questions in the categories of General Health and Science, Physical Fitness and Food and Nutrition. 

This year’s 1st Place winner of the Health Bee was the “Deerfield Indians” from the Deerfield School in Mountainside.  They were the awarded $1,000 from UnitedHealthcare for their school to support programs that combat childhood obesity.  There were two runners up this year: “The Germ Busters” from Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield and the “HAS Southside Cougars” from Hillside Avenue School in Cranford. The proud 2nd Place winners received $500 from UnitedHealthcare for their school and “The Orange Crush” from Orange Avenue School in Cranford was awarded $250 for having the most team spirit. 

“If we are going to truly fight the obesity epidemic in this country, these are the type of things we need to do.  We need to make learning about health and nutrition fun for students.  The fourth annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee was a great example of how that can be done.  Thanks to all who participated and supported our joint efforts towards this ongoing epidemic,” states Greg Hatzisavvas, Westfield Area Y Senior Director of Wellness and Member Engagement.