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Nutrition habit challenge kicking off in State College

By: Lauren Hensley

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- Most people know the healthy choice to make but sometimes don't make it. This is what the 2014 Nutrition Habit Challenge is working to change.   Kym Burke and her husband , Bruce Burke are the two who created competition and said by making the simplest changes, people can maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Many of us look at lifestyle change as being big and a lot. The less is more approach is to take one small behavior, modify it, gain some success with it, and stop this downward spiral of destructive behavior and begin an upward spiral of constructive behaviors, Kym  Burke said.

The challenge is four weeks long, beginning March 24 and ending April 20.  Heres how it works: choose a nutritional behavior you would like to change. Some ideas include, only snacking on fruits and veggies, drinking water instead of juice or preparing your lunches instead of eating out. High school student Sam Denezza is choosing to pack his lunch for school.

When you go to school you have your lunch and you don't know what it is all the time and it will just help me make the rights choices and establish better habitats, Sam Denezza said.

And he's not alone in participating. Both his parents and five other siblings are participating, including sister, Sophia Denezza. Sophia said it could get a little competitive between the eight family members.

I am just going to try and do the best, but I feel like my parents are going to do the best because they are very committed to that kind of stuff, Sophia Denezza said.

Registration costs $20 for an individual or $40 per family.  Registrations must be complete by Sunday at midnight. The money raised goes to Centre Volunteers in Medicine and the Youth Service Bureau.

Every year the Youth Service Bureau has a need to raise about $400,000 mainly to help with our prevention programs and our community services division, so every little bit helps for sure, Christine Bishop, with the Youth Service Bureau, said.

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