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NDSU 'Eat Smart. Play Hard.' Poster Contest Winners Named

The posters included messages about heart health.

North Dakota youth displayed their creativity and health and nutrition knowledge this spring in the eighth annual North Dakota “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” poster contest.

The NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and NDSU Center for 4-H Youth Development co-sponsored the poster contest, which was open to youth age 8 to 19. Entrants competed in two categories: preteen and teen.

Besides promoting healthful eating and regular physical activity, this year’s contest entrants were encouraged to include messages about heart health.

The winners in the preteen category were:

  • First place - Ella Leidy, Wilton (McLean County)
  • Second place - Kolton Harvey, Minot (Ward County)
  • Third place - Caitlin Reiten, Kathryn (Barnes County)

The winners of the teen category were:

  • First place - Megan Tichy, Tower City (Cass County)
  • Second place - Madison Harvey, Minot (Ward County)
  • Third place - Evan Sayler, Bismarck (Burleigh County)

“The ‘Eat Smart. Play Hard.’ program is a great way to get kids to think about healthy eating and active living,” says Deanna Askew, president of the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “With heart health messages being encouraged this year, the poster contest challenges them to learn more about heart health and make positive changes in their own lives, as well as encouraging others to do so.”

Winners received $50 for first place, $35 for second place and $15 for third place. In addition, all contestants received a certificate of recognition and an “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” item.

“The poster contest entrants approach nutrition and fitness promotion very creatively,” says NDSU Extension Service food and nutrition specialist Julie Garden-Robinson, who helped organize the contest. “We hope that their colorful drawings and messages inspire other children and families to eat smart and play hard.”

“Eat Smart. Play Hard.” is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. It aims to make America’s children healthier by providing practical suggestions to motivate kids and their caregivers to eat a healthful diet and be physically active.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service and Bison Athletics launched a statewide campaign of the same name in 2005.

Visit http://www.ndsu.edu/eatsmart and the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/eatsmart for more information about “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” The site has resources for families, singles, teens and children.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - April 10, 2014

Source:Julie Garden-Robinson, (701) 231-7187, julie.garden-robinson@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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