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Green Acres Elementary School Winning with Wellness/Get Moving Manchester Champion

April 15, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs News Release

MANCHESTER, NH - The Monarchs Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Manchester Monarchs, in partnership with the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the Foundation for Healthy Communities, and Catholic Medical Center are proud to announce that Green Acres Elementary School is the 2014 Winning With Wellness/Get Moving Manchester champion.

The Winning With Wellness/Get Moving Manchester program visited schools throughout the Manchester School District sharing their message with fourth and fifth graders. The four-week program featured two Monarchs players talking with students and teaching them the 5-2-1-0 Healthy NH guidelines through the Winning With Wellness/Get Moving Manchester program.

5 - Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

2 - Cut back watching television and playing video games to two hours or less a day.

1 - Participate in at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

0 - Restrict soda and sugar-sweetened sports and fruit drinks. Instead, drink water and 3-4 servings of fat-free, skim or 1% milk per day.

In addition, an interactive video was shown to the students with additional players talking about eating healthy and exercising.

The program impacted nearly 1,000 students. Each student walked away with the knowledge of leading a healthy lifestyle and were given goal trackers to show their progress of eating and exercising over the four weeks of the program, an incentive each week and a pedometer. Individual winners from each elementary school won the chance to be benchwarmers at a Monarchs game. The individual winners included Jaliz Santiago and Tyler Ryan from Gossler Elementary School, Lilly Tague and Evan Drake from Webster Elementary School, Olivia Canots and Erin Ahmetovic from Weston Elementary School, Riley McNamara and Damien Ouellet from Parker Varney Elementary School, Emily Hobendal and Madeline Burke from Northwest Elementary School, Jake Walker and Alyssa Baron from Jewett Elementary School, and Sam Smith and Colin Brodeur from Green Acres Elementary School.

Green Acres Elementary School will receive their championship plaque at an assembly at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. President of Green Acres Elementary School Rick Norton, Monarchs President Darren Abbott, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England's Derek Gardner, Manchester Health Department Deputy Public Health Director Anna Thomas, and Superintendent of Schools Debra Livingston will join Max in presenting Green Acres Elementary School with the Winning With Wellness/Get Moving Manchester Championship plaque.

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