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Nutrition Poster Contest Award Ceremony

Local Young Artists Recognized by the Public Health Department for their designs in a unique poster contest

Santa Clara County, CA.  Local students are receiving very special honors for their work in recognizing the importance of healthy eating. And, some of those lucky students are in for a treat—not only will they receive recognition at a special ceremony, but the first place winner and classmates will get the chance to spend time at the San Francisco 49ers Junior Training Camp! More than 2,000 second through fifth graders submitted intriguing, colorful, and thought-provoking posters for the contest in honor of National Nutrition Month’s Get your Plate in Shape theme.

This year’s National Nutrition Month theme focused on the new USDA’s MyPlate, which replaced MyPyramid from last summer. MyPlate is the government’s primary food group symbol which serves as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help children and families adopt healthy eating habits that are consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. The MyPlate symbol divides a plate into four sections: fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins, as well as a glass representing dairy products, and thus shows consumers what a plate should look like if they incorporate the Dietary Guidelines into every meal.

The poster contest combined with nutrition education in the classrooms, provided by the Public Health Department, gave students the opportunity to express and personalize what choosing and eating healthier foods and beverages means to them. The winners will receive awards at a special ceremony.

Event: Artists’ Reception for the 2012 National Nutrition Month® Poster Contest “Get Your Plate in Shape”

Date: Friday, May 18th, 2012 (Reception at 5:30 - 6:30 pm)

Location: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits – San Jose,
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Cupertino Rooms A& B
San Jose, CA

The contest is sponsored by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Network for a Healthy California – Local Incentive Awardee (LIA) Program, the San Jose Art
Academy and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The poster contest was designed to promote National Nutrition Month in schools across the county.

The 2012 National Nutrition Month® Get Your Plate in Shape Poster Contest award recipients include:

Grand Prize: Janice Lee Collins Elementary – Cupertino
Rachel Ryu Eaton Elementary – Cupertino

Best Color: Sarah Chung St. Claire Elementary – San Jose
Tamar Ruiz Glen View Elementary – Gilroy

Best Fine Art: Rishabh Jain Challenger Elementary – Sunnyvale
Aya Darwazeh Challenger Elementary – Sunnyvale

Most Creative: Michael Barbosa Vargas Elementary – Sunnyvale
Michelle Komet McCollam Elementary – Alum Rock

Best Theme: Jane Kim Collins Elementary – Cupertino
Lena Cordelia Pang Cumberland Elementary – Sunnyvale

Special Honor: Anushka Tandon Ellis Elementary – Sunnyvale
Miguel Madrigal Meyer Elementary – San Jose

To support healthy eating and regular physical activity, all of the donated prizes support health and well-being. This year’s first place winner will receive a memorable prize that they can share with their classmates too; they will spend a full day of physical activity and fun with the San Francisco 49ers Jr. Training Camp. There are many other action packed prizes which include signed San Jose Sharks hockey pucks, Great American tickets, gift cards to sporting good stores, and art supplies.

While all poster submissions will be acknowledged, students who won first, second, and honorable mention awards for their “Get Your Plate in Shape” posters in all participating grade levels have been invited, along with their families, to a special event the evening of May 18th to celebrate and receive their accolades on their artwork.

Locally, the Network for a Healthy California - Local Incentive Awardee is coordinated through the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention of the Public Health Department and promotes fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and food security, with the goal to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases in Santa Clara County.

For more information about this program and/or the poster contest, contact: Alejandro T. Villalobos, Project Coordinator at (408) 793-2712 or by email:


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