High School Nutrition & Physical Activity Competition

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Jamaica’s development and launch of the National Food Based Dietary Guidelines in March 2015 represents a very important public health measure to prevent the onset of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The eight (8) Food Based Dietary Guidelines is aimed at promoting healthy behaviours and practices that will help the population aged 2 years and older to make healthy food choices and be physically active.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with Industrial Gas Ltd. (IGL), the Ministry of Education (MOE), National Parenting Support Commission and the National Parent Teacher Association, will execute an incentive-based activity  in the form of a national competition under the theme ‘Healthy Eating: Active Living’ as a strategy to tackle unhealthy lifestyle practices affecting youths. The competition will be conducted among High schools and Primary and Junior high schools drawn from all fourteen parishes and will focus on building awareness around the National Food Based Dietary Guidelines.


Competition Overview

The competition will include three segments namely development of a poster, an oral presentation and a project; which will be administered in two phases over a four months period from February 2016 to June 2016.  During phase one of the competition, participating schools will compete in one of four (4) regional semi-finals to qualify for entry into the finals. The second phase of the competition will involve the top three semi-finalist schools from each of the regions vying for the “Best Healthy Eating- Active Living trophy as well as other awards and prizes, such as  computers, printers, ipods, IGL cooking gas, and trophies among other items. The grand final and awards ceremony is expected to take place on June 1, 2016.  The occasion will also serve as an interactive forum for schools to become more exposed to healthy lifestyle resources from the various entities/ organizations expected to participate in the event.



The competition is opened to students in grades 7 – 11 attending High and Primary and Junior High schools (both public and private institutions). Schools must participate in each of the three (3) segments of the competition, with no more than one entry.  Applications should be made through a health promoting club (e.g. 4H club, Environmental club, Healthy lifestyle club, Girl Guide, Red Cross, etc.).  Only group entries are allowed. Each segment should include 3-5 students. Only schools with active PTA and will be considered for entry.


Judging/ Selection Criteria

The judging will be based on the rubric and criteria outlined. A panel of judges will determine the entries which most appropriately depict the competition’s theme and adheres to established guidelines.

Judges will comprise of representatives from the Universities, IGL, MOE, National Parenting Support Commission, National Parent Teacher Association, National Student Council, Regional Health Authorities and the MOH.


Proposed Rubric for Judging

Criteria Components Maximum Score Score Given
Reflection of theme Inclusion of theme in title/caption

Images and wording consistent with theme





Benefits of health highlighted

Accurate message


Logical sequence

Clear and concise messages




Creativity and Originality Novelty

Uniqueness of concept

Attractiveness of Poster Use of space, colours

Size of images and text

Legibility of handwriting

Images quality (clear/sharp)


Cultural appropriateness Reflections age-appropriate message and language

Depicts images localized to Jamaica

Does not use stereotypical images (no stereo-typing people or groups

Total marks 100  


Criteria Components Maximum Score Score Given
Content Food based dietary guidelines 5  
Promotion of healthy lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity) 10  
Background 5  


15 minutes 5  
Creativity Novelty

Mode of delivery

Teamwork Number of persons contributing to the process 5  
Percentage of school population reached Number of persons benefitting


Total marks 50  


Criteria Components Maximum Score Score Given


Relevance 10  
Appropriateness 10  
Creativity Novelty

Uniqueness of concept

Teamwork Number of persons contributing to the process 5  
Percentage of school population participating Number of persons benefitting


Evidence of involvement of parents Number of parents involved 5  
IGL creatively incorporated in project 10  
Total marks 65  

Entry Details and Deadlines

Interested schools are required to complete the attached application form which should be signed by the principal or his/ her designate.  The completed form should be submitted to the local health department in the parish where school is located or to the Nutrition Unit, Ministry Of Health, 10-16 Grenada Way, Kingston 5 or email campbelly@moh.gov.jm no later than February 12, 2016.



  • Size 18” X 24”
  • Properly labeled posters with the name of school, students’ names and grades
  • Deadline for submission March 14, 2016.



  • The date for the judging of the oral presentation and project that relate to your school will be communicated to you by April 11, 2016.
  • The grand finals will be held on Wednesday, June 1 2016 at a venue to be determined.



1st Place Dell All In One  Desktop
2nd Place  HP Laser Jet Printer
3rd Place Epson Printer
1st Place 45kg (three refill)
2nd Place 14kg (three refill)
3rd Place 11kg (three refill)
1st Place Samsung Tab 4
2nd Place Blu 8 Tablet
3rd Place Asus Android Tablet

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