KINGSTON, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A team from J. Watson Bailey Middle School last night won the 2017
UnitedHealthcare Health Bee in a spirited final round in Kingston,
earning the school funding for its health and wellness programs.
Twenty-four students from four middle schools in Ulster County competed
in the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee, a quiz show-style competition
designed to get middle-school students excited about health, fitness and
nutrition. UnitedHealthcare and the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
hosted the competition yesterday at the YMCA in Kingston. Kingston Mayor
Steve Noble kicked off the competition and stressed the importance of
adopting healthy habits early in life.
Mayor Noble was joined on the judge’s panel by Dr. Andrea Littleton of
the Institute for Family Health, Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack,
Michael McGuire of UnitedHealthcare, and Heidi Kirschner of the YMCA of
Kingston and Ulster County.
“Pre-teens are at a critical juncture in their development when they
begin to make their own choices about what to eat and how often to
exercise,” said McGuire, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New York. “The
UnitedHealthcare Health Bee educates students about their health in a
way that’s fun and engaging. By helping kids understand how their
choices affect the way their body works and feels, we help set them on a
healthy path to adulthood.”
State Sen. George Amedore praised the goals of the UnitedHealthcare
Health Bee, saying: “Getting young adults engaged and interested in
fitness and nutrition helps them make educated choices to develop
healthy lifestyles. The UnitedHealthcare Health Bee is a fun and
educational experience for our students that will help us build and
maintain stronger communities.”
UnitedHealthcare awarded the winning team from J. Watson Bailey a $1,000
grand prize, which will support the school’s health and fitness
programs. Kingston Catholic Middle School earned second place and a $500
prize, and M. Clifford Middle School took home the school spirit award
and a $250 prize. The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County awarded a
one-month free membership to participating students and their families.
State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill congratulated the students who
participated and thanked UnitedHealthcare for hosting the Bee. “This
event is a meaningful way to get young people concerned about health,”
he said. “Wellness issues get more challenging to deal with as you get
older, and it is important to get students interested in developing a
strong foundation on how health decisions will affect their lives.
Congratulations to J. Watson Bailey Middle School – they have made their
school and community proud.”
“The UnitedHealthcare Health Bee lets students celebrate their knowledge
of health and wellness, and gives them a head start on the path toward
healthy living into adulthood,” said Kirschner, CEO/president, YMCA of
Kingston and Ulster County. “We are thrilled to join UnitedHealthcare’s
efforts to build healthier communities with a focus on our middle-school
UnitedHealthcare serves more than 4 million people in New York with a
network of nearly 280 hospitals and more than 91,000 physicians and
other care providers statewide.
About YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
YMCA Kingston and Ulster County is a private not-for-profit,
community-based organization providing social, health, physical
education and recreation services to the residents of Ulster County.
YMCA programs includes school-age child care, health enhancement /
fitness classes, summer camps, swim lessons for all ages, special
scholarship programs for low-income youth and families & physical
rehabilitation programs. The YMCA serves all groups from infants to
is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by
simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care
providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit
programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees
and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more
information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com
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Mary McElrath-Jones, 914-552-4671