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HHS Food And Fitness Challenge
March 28, 2014

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox For some students, some parts of the Spring Food and Fitness Challenge at Huntington high school were a little more challenging than others.

For Matthew Marshall, it was trying a bite of hummus for the first time. "It's actually kind of spicy but it's really good," he said.

Marshall said he's not usually adventurous with new foods, but felt compelled to at least do the taste test.

"Since it's part of the challenge, I figure I might as well go ahead and try it," he said.

For most-- the best part of the challenge is teaming up for ten fitness events.

"We try to incorporate exercise into the students' daily lives, and this is a fun way. It's relevant to them and it's a relationship building activity also between their peers and their teachers," teacher and organizer Deborah Chapman said.

While sophomore Landon Null said he's not too competitive, he loves any activity that gets him moving.

"Being active just keeps you healthy overall, and you never know when something has to come up and you have to be fit for it or not, so being active and having a good fit body will help you out and stuff like this just helps along the way," he said.

Chapman said after hearing about Huntington's last-place finish in a recent well-being index list, they are more determined than ever to instill good habits in students.

"We are trying to build the students with healthy eating styles and exercise that hopefully they will incorporate into their daily lives and their family lives, and maybe that report will be better in the future," she said.

Null said he's hoping this Huntington generation can start turning the tide when it comes to well-being.

"As far as me and myself, I'm staying active, because I like being able to run, and that's up to them to decide, but all I can do is hope," he said.

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