Looking for 5th Graders to Show Us Their Favorite GO! Foods

The Logan County Department of Public Health, Lincoln Park District and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Community Health Collaborative are excited to invite all Logan County fifth graders to participate in this year’s Wellness Expo contest.

For several years, the fifth grade wellness expo has been held at the Lincoln Park District teaching local students about their heart and encouraging healthy choices. This year the event will be held during the school day on Friday, February 16, 2018. Over 250 fifth graders from across the county are expected to attend the event.

This year all fifth graders are invited to participate in a photo contest. The photos should depict the student showing their favorite “GO! food” accompanied by a few sentences to explain why it’s their favorite.  First, second, and third prize winners will be selected from the entries with a great selection of prizes including a Lincoln Park District family pool pass, an indoor pool party at Lincoln College and a bowling party at Logan Lanes.

The ALMH Community Health Collaborative is working with schools in Logan County, reaching over 3,000 students with the Community Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program. CATCH school work to create healthy school environments for their students. And any student at a CATCH school can tell you that everyone should “eat more GO foods than SLOW foods and more SLOW foods than WHOA foods.”

Examples of GO! foods include fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods and unsweetened 1% milk. GO! foods are commonly described as “whole foods,” meaning that they’re generally the least processed compared to foods in the same food category. These foods are also lowest in salt (sodium) and/or added sugars. In addition, GO! foods are lowest in unhealthy fats.

Contest rules require only one person per selfie/photo. The contestant’s name, school, phone number and photo should be e-mailed to almhwebmaster@mhsil.com by February 9.  Winners will be featured in promotional health materials and all entrants will be included in a commercial at the Lincoln Grand 8 planned to air this spring. The winners will be announced at the February 16 fifth grade expo and displayed at the community wellness expo between 9am-1pm on Saturday, February 18, also held at the Lincoln Park District.

Contact Angela Stoltzenburg at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital for more information by calling 217-605-5008. And “like” “Wellness Expo Logan County“ on Facebook for more details.

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