State College, Pa.

In its first year, The Nutrition Habit Challenge (NHC) had 720 participants and raised $9,750.00 for the Youth Service Bureau (YSB) and Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM).

Participants in the NHC 2014 chose a nutritional behavior they committed to change. It was to be significant enough to positively impact their health, but manageable enough that they could be successful for 28 days. If they were successful for 26 out of the 28 days, they became eligible for a prize drawing that included a trip for four to Disney World.

“We created the NHC for our clients several years ago,” said Bruce Burke, founder of One on One in State College. “It was quite successful and we decided it would be a great way to educate and inspire members of our community to make better choices with not only their diets, but also their exercise habits and lifestyle choices. Raising money for the YSB and CVIM was an added bonus.”

The NHC 2014 had 100 families participate, with one of those participants, 10 year-old Mary Wright, winning the Disney trip. “I was so excited,” said Mary. “My parents promised we would go to Disney someday. My Mom surprised me at my school lunch with the news.” Mary’s commitment, as well as that of her whole family, was to eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.

Cheryl White, Executive Director of CVIM, shared: “We are so proud and thankful to have been included in One on One’s community Nutrition Habit Challenge 2014. Kym and Bruce Burke have found a twofold way to give back to the community: inviting CVIM and YSB to be benefactors of the Challenge, and helping to educate the community about the benefits of a healthy diet. At CVIM, we encourage our patients to make positive lifestyle changes. The NHC’s ‘less is more’ approach is a great match for our mission.”

The event was sponsored by 19 local businesses, with One on One, Kish Bank and Otto’s Pub and Brewery as major sponsors.

NHC 2015 is tentatively scheduled to begin February 1.

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