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Huntington High School students get healthy with food and fitness challenge

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Huntington High School Food and Fitness Challenge is a program aimed at getting students to exercise and eat healthy Huntington High School Food and Fitness Challenge is a program aimed at getting students to exercise and eat healthy
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia -

West Virginia has one of the highest obesity rates in the country at more than 30 percent according to the CDC.  To create a healthier future generation, Huntington High School is taking the School Food and Fitness Challenge.

The Huntington High School Food and Fitness Challenge pushes students to the limit.  They start off running a mile.  That's just one of at least nine fun-filled healthy activities.  Deborah Chapman is a family and consumer science teacher.  She says if you make it exciting and relevant to the students then they'll want to try harder.

The goal is to create a healthier future generation.  Brandon Morrison is an 11th grader at Huntington High School competing in the challenge for the second year.  He says events like these are important because our nation is becoming lazy with watching TV all the time.

Physical fitness is of course a major component in today's event, but you can't have a healthy lifestyle with just exercise, you also have to have a healthy diet.  Morrison adds that if you are not eating the right foods all the fitness won't pay off because a poor diet will add fat.

Hopefully healthier students will create more productive students.  Chapman believes the right diet combined with regular exercise can help build motivation and increase focus.

A new food tasting challenge was added this year to encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and try healthier snacks.