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March Madness at the HAWC

Posted 3/9/2011   Updated 3/9/2011 Email story   Print story


by Airman First Class John Raven
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

3/9/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- At Scott Air Force Base, March Madness is not just about basketball. This month, in conjunction with Nutrition Month, the 375th Medical Group Health and Wellness Center is hosting a competition centered around healthy eating habits.
Supporting Comprehensive Airmen Fitness, this four-week healthy eating program is designed to encourage its 60 participants to make healthy, balanced food choices. Contestants have a packet to log what they eat week by week. The goal is to attain 100 points per week for the duration of the competition.

Typically, it takes about 28 days to form healthy eating habits. "Basically, individuals are tracking what they're eating and they get points based on what they're eating," said Christine Cooley, HAWC health promotion dietitian. For example, having a slice of bread in the grain group is worth one point while having a serving of whole fruit such as an apple, banana or orange, is worth three points.

The competition helps hold the competitors accountable for bad eating habits. Things like skipping a meal or not eating at least two fruits or vegetables a day will cause a participant to lose a point for each infraction.

"It makes me feel good that people are interested in this kind of stuff," said Mrs. Cooley. "I think we definitely need to be aware of developing healthier habits." Each participant who scores at least 100 points per week will receive a March Madness Cookbook. The HAWC's program for May is called "Get Fit on Route 66." For more information, contact the HAWC at 256-7139.

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