SOURCE: ProMedica Health System

ProMedica Health System

February 01, 2010 14:56 ET

ProMedica Health System Awards Over $40,000 in Prizes at Scholarship Competition Targeting Childhood Obesity

TOLEDO, OH--(Marketwire - February 1, 2010) - ProMedica Health System (PHS) awarded $40,500 in college scholarships to 18 high school students from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan for submitting ideas to help prevent childhood obesity. On Jan. 30, 10 student teams competed in the Fields of Green scholarship competition, which required them to create a fun and interactive exercise program that will appeal to elementary school children. The event was held at The Toledo Hospital, a member of PHS.

The goal of the program is to encourage exercise and healthier eating habits in children. Each entry included a detailed budget, a method for evaluating the program's success and a creative slogan. The first-place entry will be implemented in several, local elementary schools this spring.

PHS announced the Fields of Green program in September 2009. The organization received 50 entries by its December deadline. The top 10 entries were chosen as finalists, representing high schools in the following locations: Bellevue, Ohio; Blissfield, Mich.; Defiance, Ohio; Elmore, Ohio; Oregon, Ohio; Perrysburg, Ohio; Sherwood, Ohio; Sylvania, Ohio; and Toledo, Ohio.

PHS awarded $1,000 to each high school with a team that made it to the finals. The money will go toward the school's health and science program.

In January 2009, PHS presented its first high school scholarship competition, Lunch 101: Food for Thought, which challenged teens to create a nutritionally-balanced elementary school lunch menu.

The annual scholarship event is part of a long-term, comprehensive health initiative to help combat obesity in children and adults. Another PHS health education program called the Healthy Kids Conversation Map® Program includes a series of interactive, educational sessions conducted in various community settings to encourage children and adults to adopt healthy eating habits.

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ProMedica Health System, ranked among the Top 5 most integrated health systems in the U.S. for the fifth year, was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit health care organization with 15,000 employees, 71 corporations and joint ventures, 2,900 physicians and more than 283 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica facilities treat more than 2.4 million patients annually and includes 10 hospitals; ProMedica Continuing Care Services with senior, rehabilitation and integrative services; ProMedica Physician Group, a large network of primary care, obstetrics, and specialist physicians; Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio; and the Health, Education and Research Corporation, with more than 200 academic relationships. For more information, please visit

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