Community Health & Fitness

Childhood Obesity Video Contest

According to a recent study more than one quarter (26%) of Connecticut high school students are obese or overweight . The present and future costs of the related health complications represent a staggering drain on our community from a financial and quality of life perspective. This grim reality makes it easy to see why the United Way of West Central Connecticut has identified childhood obesity prevention as one of its key initiatives. It is their belief that communities must work together to combat this epidemic.

In order to address this issue, the Young Professionals for United Way hosted a digital video contest open to all middle school students in this area. “It was our hope that the video contest would increase awareness of this issue while simultaneously generating actionable ideas as to how young adults can combat this growing problem,” said Colleen Bolingbroke, Director of Marketing for United Way.

The Young Professionals for United Way, along with support from the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, awarded the Finalist(s) a Visa gift card and college savings bond totaling $2,000.

“We had a great turn-out from our local middle school students,” said Bolingbroke. “And we are very proud of our two finalists.”

1st Place Winner


2nd Place Winner

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