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ARTICLE Jason Witten Score Foundation and UnitedHealthcare Teach Boys & Girls Club Members How to Fight Childhood Obesity in the Kitchen

DALLAS (July 13, 2011) - The Jason Witten SCORE Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Fort Worth are teaming up to fight childhood obesity by hosting the Top Chef Kids Challenge, a cooking competition designed to teach children that making healthy food can be easy and fun.

The Top Chef Kids Challenge will be held July 19 at 10 a.m. at the West Dallas Boys & Girls Club, 1505 Record Crossing. The Club is located inside the Arlington Park Recreation Center.

 

Three teams of children from Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the Metroplex will each prepare two healthy recipes to see who can make the best-looking and tastiest snacks. Celebrity judges include Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, his wife Michelle Witten, and Scott Flannery, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of North Texas.

 

Teams will have 30 minutes to create delicious and nutritious snacks in front of a cheering crowd. Judges will then sample the snack foods, and give them points based on taste, presentation and creativity. Awards will be given for the most creative dish and best-tasting dishes.

 

The Top Chef Kids Challenge is part of an ongoing effort by UnitedHealthcare and the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation to help prevent childhood obesity, a leading cause of diabetes, heart disease and other ailments.

 

"It's all about making good choices and learning that healthy food doesn't have to be boring," Flannery said. "Teaching boys and girls how to make their own healthy snacks helps them learn to make better decisions about the foods they choose and the snacks they eat every day."

 

This is the second year the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation and UnitedHealthcare are working together to fight childhood obesity. Last summer, the two organizations launched Play.Move.SCORE, a year-long health and fitness program that encouraged approximately 1,000 area Boys & Girls Club members to make healthy choices and participate in physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.

 

This year, the program expands to include the Healthy Habits curriculum to teach children how to make healthy choices every day. The effort also includes the Summer Snack Backpack Program that delivers healthy snacks to more than 200 Boys and Girls Club children every week this summer.

 

"This is a great partnership between my foundation, UnitedHealthcare and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Greater Fort Worth," Witten said. "The Play.Move.SCORE program is a lot of fun, and it teaches young people valuable skills that are meant to last them a healthy lifetime."

 

About Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation
Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation was launched in 2007 to help families in crisis, and has been a leader in the fight against domestic abuse and in efforts to promote youth health and education. In 2008, the foundation started the groundbreaking Jason Witten's SCOREkeepers program, which placed male mentors on staff at six different family violence shelters across the state. In addition, SCORE has opened Jason Witten Learning Centers in Texas and Witten's native Tennessee.

 

About Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Clubs provides summer and after-school programs to youth ages 6 to 18 throughout Dallas and Tarrant County. Club programs center around 5 Core Program Areas: Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Character & Leadership Development, Sports, Fitness & Recreation.

 

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.