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March 5, 2013

March 1, 2013, Raleigh, N.C. – “One Change,” a six-week nutrition campaign launched by N.C. State University Dining, ended this week as a resounding success. The campaign encouraged the Wolfpack community to make one positive health-related change per week for six weeks.

Hundreds of N.C. State students, faculty and staff participated, making changes ranging from walking more often to keeping hydrated. Lisa Eberhart, the University Dining dietitian, who led “One Change,” said that she is very pleased with the campaign’s effectiveness.

“Our goal at the beginning was to encourage the community to make choices that would stick with them for their entire lives,” Eberhart said. “Based on the feedback we received from the NC State community, I think we accomplished that goal.”

To help encourage participation, University Dining handed out prizes throughout the six-week period. For example, students and faculty received pedometers in the “Get Walking” week and headphones if they took a class at Carmichael Gymnasium during the “Get Moving” week. University Dining also sought to coordinate with other campus organizations such as the gym and Howling Cow milk.

“Students particularly enjoyed getting free chocolate milk from the gym as a post-workout drink,” Eberhart said.

The campaign, launched January 21, featured the following weeks:

Week 1: Get walking
Week 2:  Hydrate
Week 3: Get moving.
Week 4: Eat well.
Week 5: Relax.
Week 6: Log it with the MyFitnessPal app.

Participants were encouraged to submit a video of their progress by the end of the campaign for a chance to win a Wii Fit. University Dining will announce the winner the week of March 11, after students return from spring break.



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