Youth To Participate In "Survivor-Type" Competition To Optimize Health

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As part of the UnitedHealthcare and Florida 4-H "Eat4-Health" partnership, more than seventy 4-H youth leaders from across the state will gather at Camp Cherry Lake to learn important skills about eating healthy and the importance of exercise as part of a program aimed at reducing obesity rates among young people and families in Florida.

The youth will utilize the training they receive to be "Teen Health Ambassadors" and bring their knowledge and skills back to their communities to promote healthy living at schools and special events to help reach thousands of residents about these important health issues.

4-H youth leaders will be divided into teams and challenged to successfully complete a series of fitness obstacles and nutritional challenges during a day full of health and fitness activities modeled after "Survivor" type competitions. 4-H youth leaders will utilize the "OptumizeMe" smartphone application technology during the competitions to "optimize" their health and learning activities.

UnitedHealthcare's mascot Dr. Health E. Hound will join 4-H leaders as they work together to complete a series of fitness challenges that include testing strength and endurance with fun exercises designed to burn calories as well as being able to "advance to the next level" of the competition by answering trivia questions on nutrition, diet and healthy living.

The UnitedHealthcare 4-H Eat4-Health partnership is in its third year, already activating thousands of 4-H Teen Health Ambassadors to make healthy choices for themselves and in the communities where they live.

The activities at the Camp Cherry Lake retreat are part of a series of trainings and events made possible by a $30,000 grant provided this year by UnitedHealthcare to the University of Florida Extension Service, which provides 4-H programs to all counties in the state.

WHO: 70 4-H youth from the local area and across Florida, fitness trainers and health experts UnitedHealthcare's mascot Dr. Health E. Hound

WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2013
**All Day** -- Fitness Challenge competitions occur between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cherry Lake Camp 3861 NE Cherry Lake Circle
Madison, Florida

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