McCallie Middle School is the winner of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Create Your Plate contest.
The school was nominated by East Ridge Middle School in Whitesburg, which was part of the BlueCross’ Shape the State program and won the contest as well, receiving a prize of $2,500. McCallie Middle School won a prize of $1,000.
“We’re very proud of McCallie Middle School and excited about the opportunities for the school to expand its physical education program,” said Kathy Bingham, manager of BlueCross’ Tennessee Health Foundation. “They are helping us to get one step closer to reducing childhood obesity in Tennessee.”
A contest created in conjunction with the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation’s Shape the State program, Create Your Plate is meant to inspire people across the state to think about nutrition, healthy living and what they eat. Schools that entered the contest must have been part of Shape the State. The contestants could also enter another local school (grades K-12) not in the program, for a chance to win $1,000. The school with the most entrants won.
In addition, the contest was open to individuals as well as schools. To view all of the contest winners, go here.
Through Shape the State, the Tennessee Health Foundation already has a relationship with 20 schools across the state that each received a grant valued at $10,000 in 2011 to improve its physical education program.