Newswise — MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System was excited to be a part of the first annual Turn Up Your Health Youth Wellness Challenge, which encouraged young people in the Maywood community to make healthy lifestyle choices. The program recently concluded with an awards ceremony for the participating kids and their parents held on May 21, 2014, at St. Eulalia Parish in Maywood.

The program was led by OsCiriah W. Sostan and Armetria N. Humphrey, third-year medical students at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and sponsored by the Eternal Light Community Services and Loyola Pediatric Weight Management Program. It was a community outreach project funded by Trinity Health.

The weekly after-school program was held once a week from February through May at Quinn Community Center of the St. Eulalia Parish. The goals included educating and influencing kids to choose a healthy way of living in relationship to food, exercise and self-esteem.

During the awards ceremony all the participating children and teens were lauded for their participation and received a certificate and a gift. Three individuals were acknowledged for their outstanding work during the challenge. Criteria for special recognition included attendance, completing homework and demonstration of healthy behavior. The winners were:Gold winner: Kiara Floyd, age 12 , $300Silver winner: Kiera Bentley, age 15, $150Alexandria Willis, age 13, $75

Loyola is dedicated to improving children’s health in communities across the Chicago area. To continue to bring wellness to our neighbors, next year’s challenge will be conducted at another site in the community.

For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at [email protected] or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100. Follow Loyola on: Facebook: YouTube: Loyola University Health System, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs. It includes a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 22 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.