Linette Battle of Palm Beach, Fla., was the grand prize winner at the Hair Fitness competition at the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show held recently in Atlanta. She was one of more than 50 stylists competing before a crowd of 1,500 at the third annual competition to create exercise-friendly hairstyles for African-American women. Guest emcees included U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, celebrity stylist Elgin Charles, Washington Mystics player Ashley Robinson and UnitedHealth Group's Dr. Reed Tuckson. United HealthCare hosted the competition in partnership with Bronner Brothers at the International Hair Show on Sunday, Aug. 5, a trade show that draws 60,000 hair stylists from across the nation. Linette Battle of Palm Beach, Fla., won first place.Battle received the grand prize of $5,000 and a trophy for outstanding design and execution. Runners-up included Camilla Brown (second place, $2,000) and Elisha Heard, who received a $500 prize. Tiffany Thames and Keysha Quinn rounded out the top-five finishers. “I'm thrilled to have been recognized at this year's Hair Fitness contest. I've been leading a healthy lifestyle and talking to my clients about it for years, so it's wonderful to see a company like United Healthcare helping to bring attention to this issue. I can't wait to share what I learned with my clients and community," said Battle.
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