State College, Pa.

In its second year, the Nutrition Habit Challenge (NHC) increased individual participation 207% (from 720 in 2014 to 2,214 in 2015) and family participation 130% (from 100 in 2014 to 230 in 2015). The Challenge raised $10,000 for the Youth Service Bureau (YSB) and Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM).

Participants in the NHC 2015 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 25 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 YSB and CVIM was an added bonus.”

“Here at YSB, we strive to help our community’s children be happy, healthy, and more resilient,” says Andrea Boyles, CEO of the Youth Service Bureau. “There is no doubt that participating in the NHC makes all of us happier, healthier and more resilient!  We are grateful to the folks at One on One and all the participants for making this year such a success!”

Cheryl White, Executive Director of CVIM, shared: “We are proud and thankful to have been included in One on One’s community Nutrition Habit Challenge 2015. 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.”

State College high school junior Sahar Memari won the Disney trip. “I got the news while I was at school,” said Sahar. “I was studying in the library…it was so cool.” Sahar’s commitment was to drink half her body weight in ounces of water each day of the challenge. She was successful for 27 out of the 28 days. “It wasn’t too hard…I know it is good for me.” Sahar is still practicing her commitment.

The event was sponsored by 13 local businesses, with One on One, Kish Bank and Otto’s Pub and Brewery as major sponsors.

NHC 2016 is scheduled to begin February 1.

Contact us at NHC@oneononefit.com or visit www.nutritionhabitchallenge.com.