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University challenges local schools to get healthy!

Schools across Warwickshire and Coventry are leading the way in healthy living by taking part in a unique competition to promote healthy ideas.

Over thirty primary and secondary schools have so far taken up the challenge and will design posters, pamphlets, dvd's and websites to encourage a greater interest in health across the whole community.

The competition, initiated by Warwick Medical School, is part of celebrations to mark the opening of its new Clinical Sciences Research Institute at University Hospital - Walsgrave.

With the new Research Centre developing expertise in the prevention of obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and women and children's health, pupils have been asked to focus on these and other health issues, with prizes of £100 being donated for the best individual designs and £1000 for the winning schools.

Project co-ordinator Frances Taggart from the University of Warwick commented: "The competition is a fun way in which to encourage a greater interest in health amongst young people. We are delighted with the response!"

The closing date for entries will be Friday 4 March, 2005.

Winners will be selected by a panel of academic experts from Warwick University and the National Healthy Schools programme* and announced by Sir Graeme Catto at the opening of the Clinical Sciences Research Institute on 26 April 2005.

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* The National Healthy Schools Programme is a joint initiative between the Department of Education and Science and Department of Health.

For further information please contact Rachael Earp, Communications Office, University of Warwick on 02476 574255 or email r.k.earp@warwick.ac.uk

PR06 RE 14 February, 2005