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The School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans recently held its first annual What Does Being Healthy Mean to Me?
Essay Contest. The contest set out to promote “healthier kids, healthier schools and a healthier future.” The first-place essay in each category was awarded $750, while the second and third-place essay in each category received $500 and $250, respectively.
The essay contest gave kids an opportunity to voice their opinions and feelings on health and healthy lifestyles in a way that’s open and non-threatening. Through the contest, children are encouraged to explore healthcare policy issues in Louisiana and the United States, including what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle.
“We were delighted to read the students’ entries,” says Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the LSUHSC School of Medicine. “They captured the essence of this project – improving the health of our youth through education and engagement. It is particularly rewarding to work with young people because early awareness of healthy habits leads to a lifetime of good health.”
“This first-of-its-kind contest gave area school students the opportunity to engage in the health care discussion and debate, as well as to express their unique viewpoints,” concludes Dr. Corey Hebert, LSUHSC Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. “As a most vulnerable population, it’s critical to involve young people in health and make sure their voices are heard.”