High school students: Use media-savvy for health promotion, prizes

March 21st, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Teenagers taking pictures or recording videos with smart phones and tablets have become a common sight. Live Well Omaha Kids and the Douglas County Health Department’s High School Citizens Youth Advisory Council have teamed up to create the Douglas County GO! Challenge to invite students to put those devices to work in demonstrating and promoting healthy lifestyle choices amongst their peers.

The GO! Challenge offers prizes for both students and schools. High school students in Douglas County may create and submit original photos and videos addressing the contest theme “Daily choices for a healthy life” to be entered in drawings for gift cards up to $50 in value. Schools will earn points for each student’s submission, and the school receiving the most points will be awarded one year’s possession of the GO! Challenge Cup and a $250 prize. The winning school will also be featured on LiveWellOmahaKids.org and the Douglas County Health Department’s website.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to use the GO! Challenge as a way to start conversations with their students about making healthy choices and how small changes in lifestyle habits can improve long-term health.

  • Adolescents need 60 minutes of physical activity per day to reduce their risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Regular physical activity, even just 10 minute breaks 6 times throughout the day, can increases academic performance and focus in class.
  • Healthy eating in adolescence sets the stage for health later in life, and can prevent problems such as obesity, dental caries, iron deficiency, and osteoporosis.

The GO! Challenge will begin accepting submissions on Wednesday March 19th at 11:59 P.M. CDT.  Submissions may be sent to the High School Citizens Youth Advisory Council at DCGOChallenge@gmail.com.  Contest rules and updates will be posted to the GO! Challenge Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/DCGOChallenge/.

The High School Citizens Youth Advisory Council was formed by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Douglas County Health Department in 2012 to engage high school students in health-related issues and their local government.  Live Well Omaha Kids is a community partnership, created in 2006 by CHI Health to improve the health and wellness of Omaha metro area children.

View the GO! Challenge flyer.

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