Saturday, July 14, 2012


THANK YOU to Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County!  A special thank you to the clubs’ art directors for playing with us and helping us teach kids who can now teach others.  Our poster contest has been a blast to do together!  Our collaboration is unleashing the youth voice to improve the health – and lives - of America’s children. 

THE WINNERS of “The Art of Healthy Eating for Growing Healthy Kids” Poster Contest are:

Indian River County, Florida winners:
  • Giselle Zamarripa, age 8, Fellsmere
  • Lizbeth Jimenez, age 8, Fellsmere
  • Amy Kenney, age 8, Vero Beach
  • Rian Butler, age 9, Sebastian
  • Esmeralda Rosales, age 9, Fellsmere
  • Clara Grace Martin, age 9, Vero Beach
  • Tamia Bermudez, age 10, Vero Beach
  • Alexis Ann Taylor, age 11, Vero Beach
  • Hannah Truex, age 14, Sebastian
U.S. winner: 
  • Pramuditha Sithumini Madigapola, age 7, Northridge, California

THESE KIDS created designs which contest judges Christine Thomas and Judy Nash (both artists and educators) deemed creative, fun, and inspirational with serious messages for adults.  The power of youth and their voices to teach adults that kids want, need, and crave access to healthy foods is the message these kids are teaching.  

NOW it is up to us to listen.
Artist Lizbeth Jimenez from Fellsmere Boys and Girls Club
shows her design.
Nancy Heinrich teaches a lesson about healthy foods at the
Fellsmere Boys and Girls Club.

Look at the response to Nancy's question about favorite vegetables
at the Vero Beach Boys and Girls Club

Winner Rian Butler at the Sebastian Boys and Girls Club

SINCE HAVING FUN WITH A PURPOSE is key to our success, I want to tell you how much fun it has been to play with Boys and Girls Clubs members and staff on “The Art of Healthy Eating for Growing Healthy Kids” poster contest.  

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Publix  (, The Fresh Market (, and Growing Healthy Kids for the prizes received by these inspiring kids.  

To your great health, 
Nancy Heinrich

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