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Task force to help residents meet healthier goals in 2012

Dec. 29, 2011 @ 02:36 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The start of a new year brings a whole new crop of people looking to get healthier and lose weight. The Huntington Health Revolution Task Force hopes to make that journey a little easier.

The task force will kick off a new 90-Day Challenge for Tri-State residents, complete with weekly tips for changes in diet, exercise and spirit, beginning Monday, Jan. 2. It will be the task force's third year presenting the 90-Day Challenge event.

"We decided to keep the same basic format. Even though a lot of people did it, a lot in our area didn't do it," said Yvonne Jones, executive director of Ebenezer Medical Outreach. "So, if you did it last year and found it helpful, but might have gotten off track, you can do the same thing again. If you haven't done it before, you can use this as a guide to help you look at what you're eating and also look inside yourself, too."

The tips, displayed in a grid accompanying this story and running on Mondays weekly in The Herald-Dispatch, include things such as splitting a meal with a friend the next time you're at a restaurant, taking the stairs instead of using the elevator and doing a kind deed for someone else.

"These are suggestions to help people take small steps to change their lifestyle," Jones said. "I'd like to think more people will take advantage of this, this year because we're all becoming much more health-conscious and looking for ways to help improve our overall health."

The 2012 edition of the 90-Day Challenge will conclude with a celebration on Saturday, April 14, featuring a walk/race and health food festival at Pullman Square.

Jones said the start of the new year is a perfect time to get motivated.

"If you continue to do things the same way all the time, you can't expect different results," she said. "If you want something different, now's the time to start."

To sign up, keep track of your progress and interact with others taking the challenge, visit www.facebook.com/groups/HuntingtonHealthRevolution/.

"Obesity is still a problem in our area and only we can do something about it," Jones said.