Loyola helps lead first Turn Up Your Health Youth Wellness Challenge
MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 28, 2014) – Loyola University Health System was excited to be a part of the first Turn Up Your Health Youth Wellness Challenge, which encouraged young people in Maywood to make healthy lifestyle choices. The program recently concluded with a May 21 awards ceremony for the participating kids and their parents at St. Eulalia Parish in Maywood.
The program was led by OsCiriah W. Sostan and Armetria N. Humphrey, third-year medical students at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and was sponsored by the Eternal Light Community Services and Loyola Pediatric Weight Management Program. It was a community outreach project funded by Trinity Health..
The weekly after-school program was held once a week from February through May at the Quinn Community Center of St. Eulalia Parish. The goals included educating and influencing kids to choose a healthy way of living in relationship to food, exercise and self-esteem.
During the awards ceremony, all the participating children and teens were lauded for their participation and received a certificate and a gift. Three individuals were acknowledged for their outstanding work during the challenge. Criteria for special recognition included attendance, completing homework and demonstration of healthy behavior. The winners were:
- Gold winner: Kiara Floyd, age 12 , $300
- Silver winner: Kiera Bentley, age 15, $150
- Alexandria Willis, age 13, $75
Loyola is dedicated to improving children’s health in communities across the Chicago area. To continue to bring wellness to our neighbors, next year’s challenge will be conducted at another site in the community.