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ARTICLE UnitedHealthcare Invites Rhode Island Schools to Compete for Cash Prizes by Raising Awareness About Diabetes and Childhood Obesity

WARWICK, R. I. (Aug. 31, 2011) – UnitedHealthcare has announced a contest with more than $5,000 in cash prizes for Rhode Island schools whose students produce winning 30-second videos that raise awareness about childhood obesity and diabetes.


In addition to the cash prizes, select finalist videos will be shown during a New England Revolution home game this fall.


Rhode Island school teachers or administrators can submit videos online at the UnitedHealthcare Grow Healthy Rhode Island Video Contest website at between Sept. 6 and midnight Oct. 3. The winners will be announced Oct. 19 at the UnitedHealthcare Grow Healthy Rhode Island event at the Kent County YMCA.


Winners will be chosen among three categories – elementary school (grades K to 5), middle school (grades 6 to 8) and high school (grades 9 to 12). The winning school in each category will receive $1,000, each runner up will receive $500 and each honorable mention $250.


"We are so excited to be involved in engaging young people in this video project. We look forward to viewing their videos and learning how they envision addressing the critical issues of diabetes and obesity," said Karen Leslie, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Providence. "The Y is deeply committed to helping Rhode Islanders improve their quality of life and health through innovative programs such as this student video contest. We applaud companies like UnitedHealthcare that support so many of the activities that we proudly bring to the community."


"The video contest reflects UnitedHealthcare's commitment to working with the local community to bring healthy activities and programs to Rhode Island. Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also encourage our children to take positive action to become healthier," said Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of New England. "We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the YMCA of Greater Providence in bringing these exciting events to our community."


The video should be 30 seconds or less, with a theme of fighting childhood obesity and/or diabetes by living a healthy life. The video content or theme must be developed by the students with limited involvement from teachers. Teachers or school administrators are reminded to include the appropriate release forms that are available on


Middle school and high school students must include in their video at least one Rhode Island health statistic from America's Health Rankings ( Students of all ages can also research information about childhood obesity and diabetes at the following websites:

Each school is allowed to submit one entry per grade level: elementary school, middle school and high school. For example, a K-8 school can submit one entry for the elementary school (K-5) category and another for the middle school category (6-8). Videos will be judged based on:

  • Use of the theme (40 percent)
  • Creativity (20 percent)
  • Following the rules and guidelines (15 percent)
  • Educational Value (15 percent)
  • Entertainment Value (10 percent)

Students, teachers, parents, elected officials, local businesses, insurance professionals, researchers and community leaders will be invited to attend the Grow Healthy event to screen the finalist videos and participate in healthy activities.


Complete contest rules, release forms, sample videos and more information about the UnitedHealthcare Grow Healthy Rhode Island Video Contest can be found at


About the YMCA of Greater Providence
The YMCA of Greater Providence is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization made up of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. As a cause-driven organization, the YMCA serves communities in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts reaching individuals through its seven full-service branches, Providence Youth Services urban program branch and Camp Fuller resident camp. For more information, visit


About the New England Revolution
The New England Revolution is the Northeast region's premier professional soccer team. Operated by the Kraft Family, which also owns the New England Patriots, the Revolution is based at the state-of-the-art Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. A founding member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer in 1996, the Revolution has played for the MLS Cup four times in the last decade – including three straight from 2005 to 2007 – while advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship game in six straight years (2002-07), an MLS record. The Revolution also won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and the 2008 SuperLiga titles. The Revolution roster features a mix of U.S. stars, highlighted by U.S. National Team midfielder Benny Feilhaber, 2009 MLS MVP finalist Shalrie Joseph and record-setting goalkeeper Matt Reis. The Revs' roster also includes players from all over the world, including Argentina, Denmark, France, Gambia, Grenada, Uruguay and Zimbabwe. For more information, visit


About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare 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 and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.