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Lynch is running the program throughout the entire state as her presidential project for Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD), and is working with a team of volunteers in Centre County to oversee a local initiative. There are two trips to Disney World up for grabs—one sponsored by One on One Fitness Consultants, Kish Bank, and Otto’s for Centre County participants, and one sponsored by PSAHPERD for those living elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

While a chance to go to Disney is motivation enough, Lynch hopes that the challenge will instill longer-term healthier habits for its participants.

“I think it shows them that they can create new healthy habits,” she said. “Sometimes students just think that just because they don't eat well, that is the way it will always be. This program is empowering.”

So far, Lynch has seen participants commit to a variety of healthier habits, such as drinking half of their body weight in ounces of water daily, eating breakfast daily, and eating at least one piece of fruit per meal.

The objective of the challenge is to educate, motivate, and inspire students and community members to take personal responsibility for improving their health habits. According to Lynch, the NHC provides an excellent opportunity to teach personal responsibility, advocacy, decision-making, and goal setting (three National Health Education Standards).

“Students like the accountability to try and improve their nutrition habits, and they are generally excited,” Lynch said. “The program allows them to show that they have the ability to take responsibility for their own health habits. It also teaches integrity because the contest is an ‘honor system’ reporting style.”

Become a healthier you by committing to one small habit this February. Register at www.nutritionhabitchallenge.com by 1/31 to participate.