CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The results are in. East Ridge Middle School in Whitesburg and McCallie Middle School in Chattanooga are the winners of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Create Your Plate contest.

East Ridge Middle School, a participant in BlueCross’ Shape the State program, received the most nominations and won a prize of $2,500. McCallie Middle School, which was nominated by East Ridge Middle School, won a prize of $1,000.

“We’re very proud of both these schools and excited about the opportunities for them to expand their physical education programs,” said Kathy Bingham, manager of BlueCross’ Tennessee Health Foundation. “They are helping us to get one step closer to reducing childhood obesity in Tennessee.”

A contest created in conjunction with the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation’s Shape the State program, Create Your Plate is meant to inspire people across the state to think about nutrition, healthy living and what they eat. Schools that entered the contest must have been part of Shape the State. The contestants could also enter another local school (grades K-12) not in the program, for a chance to win $1,000. The school with the most entrants won.

In addition, the contest was open to individuals as well as schools. To view all of the contest winners, go here.

Through Shape the State, the Tennessee Health Foundation already has a relationship with 20 schools across the state that each received a grant valued at $10,000 in 2011 to improve its physical education program.

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