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Lake Washington captures health video contest; Auburn is third

LifeWise Health Plan of Washington and partner Treeswing, a leading local voice on the issue of childhood obesity, today announced the winner of the Hunt 4 Health High School Video Challenge.

Students from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland won first place, earning $7,000 for their school's nutrition and physical education programs, as well as individual prizes including Visa gift cards and Go Pro video cameras.

LifeWise and Treeswing plan to award the prizes to students and teachers at a special school assembly on March 22.

Enumclaw and Auburn students represented the second- and third-place winners, receiving $5,000 and $3,000 respectively for their schools' health programs, as well as Visa gift cards and fitness goodie bags for the student video teams.

The Hunt 4 Health contest asked King and Snohomish county high school students to create an original video that answered the question: "What do you and your friends do to stay healthy and active?"

The goal of the contest was to encourage teens to play an active role in their own health and give schools the tools to help improve their nutrition and physical activity programs. Achieving the goal is more important than ever because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of Washington youth are overweight, putting them at high risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and asthma.

Jeremy Sacks, a senior at Lake Washington, submitted the winning video called "The Healthy Song" – featuring an original song, healthy snack cameos and a solo dance sequence. The Lake Washington students' big picture message was captured in the song's chorus saying, "...it can be as easy as walking down the street, it's not only exercise it's also things you eat."

LifeWise and Treeswing announced the top ten finalists from Roosevelt (Seattle), Lake Washington (Kirkland), Nova (Seattle), Enumclaw, Auburn, West Seattle and Cascade (Everett) High Schools last December. Public voting ran through the month of January.

LINKS:

The winning video: vimeo.com

Auburn's entry: apps.facebook.com

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