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Hamilton, Bermuda (March 26, 2018) – The Argus Group today announces the winners of the 2018 School Lunch Challenge. The competition, sponsored by The Argus Group and the Bermuda Dietitians Association in partnership with the Department of Health, is open to all school-aged children in primary and middle years.

The goal of the School Lunch Challenge is to reinforce the Healthy Schools Nutrition Policy for the consumption of healthy foods at schools and to encourage students to demonstrate how to put together a healthy lunch. This follows lessons taught about the Bermuda Dietary Guidelines and the EatWell Plate that discusses balanced nutrition and the practical application of a healthy diet. These are also included in the nutrition component of the Premier’s Youth Fitness Programme.

Student lunches were judged by their teachers who then submitted photos and an explanation of a balanced meal for first, second and third place winning entries to the Department of Health. A rubric assessment tool was used to judge overall winners within each year level. Points were awarded for nutrition explanation, visual appeal (number of colours), number of food groups, original use of vegetables and whether they included water or were trash free.

 

The list of overall winners in each category is as follows:

P1:

  • 1st place: Kamryn Fox (West Pembroke Primary)
  • 2nd place: Holden West (East End Primary)
  • 3rd place: Jaylon Glasford (West Pembroke Primary)

P2:

  • 1st place: Ayami Wilkinson (Dalton E. Tucker Primary)
  • 2nd place: McKenna Redcliffe (Somersfield Academy)
  • 3rd place: Jackson LaHuta (Somersfield Academy)

P3:

  • 1st place: Nora Ferris (Somersfield Academy)
  • 2nd place: Kylen Richard (Somersfield Academy)
  • 3rd place: Ja’miyah Johnson (Heron Bay Primary)

P4:

  • 1st place: Genesis Payne (Heron Bay Primary)
  • 2nd place: Paige Lindo (Somersfield Academy)
  • 3rd place: Noah Amaradasa (Port Royal Primary)

P5:

  • 1st place: Jahnai Caines (Heron Bay Primary)
  • 2nd place: Rose Paulos (Somersfield Academy)
  • 3rd place: Iyce-Julez Burrows (Dalton E. Tucker Primary)

P6:

  • 1st place: Tristan Robinson (Port Royal Primary)
  • 2nd place: Jaliyah Caines (Heron Bay Primary)
  • 3rd place: Donte Sousa (Heron Bay Primary)

M1:

  • 1st place: Ava Gabai- Maiato (Somersfield Academy)
  • 2nd place: Liam Foster (Somersfield Academy)

M2:

  • 1st place: Ashonee Abudallah (TN Tatem Middle)
  • 2nd place: Blake Olivera (Warwick Academy)
  • 3rd place: Kwame Naylor (Warwick Academy)

 

Twelve schools won points and cash prizes based on the results of their students. Somersfield Academy topped the leader board with $1,425 in winnings with Heron Bay Primary in second place with $950. The other schools that received cash prizes were:

  • Dalton E. Tucker Primary
  • East End Primary
  • Gilbert Institute
  • Mount Saint Agnes Academy
  • Port Royal Primary
  • St George’s Preparatory
  • T N Tatem Middle
  • Victor Scott Primary
  • Warwick Academy
  • West Pembroke Primary

 

Michelle Jackson, Executive Vice President of The Argus Group, says: “We are pleased to have been able to support the School Lunch Challenge. By encouraging health eating at a young age, we aim to inspire a lifetime of healthy habits.”

Minister of Health, The Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP, says: “It is exciting to know that the partners are committed to our school children. The partners that have made this possible are lead sponsor The Argus Group, Bermuda Dietitians Association, Nutrition Services, Well Bermuda, Healthy Schools, Ministry of Education and Workforce Development. I am pleased with the partners’ initiative to work together in our schools, with students and the parents for change. I applaud everyone’s consistent efforts as once again we celebrate the 4th year of the School Lunch Challenge awards success. This challenge teaches students about good health, healthy eating and allows them to implement what they learned and to put it in practice to create a healthy lunch. This can and will help lead them to healthy habits as adults.”

Each student who took part in the Challenge received a lunch bag, stainless steel water bottle and utensil set. Students who won first place received a copy of Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love by Katie Sullivan Morford, second place received a Bluetooth fidget spinner speaker and third place a gift certificate for The Bookmart. The gifts and prizes were provided by Argus, Well Bermuda, Nutrition Services and Healthy Schools.