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Independent Health and Bills "Challenge" motivating thousands




Nearly 2,200 individuals have been inspired to get active and eat healthier during the first four weeks of "The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge." Participants have thus far logged more than 5,600 hours of exercise, while consuming more than 57,000 servings of fruits and vegetables and 97,000 glasses of water.

The community-wide, health and wellness initiative, which began on Monday, October 6 and runs to Sunday, November 16, is aimed at motivating participants to get healthier by meeting weekly goals and completing daily challenges for points to win prizes.

The most recent winners of the Challenge's weekly prizes were Candice Udell of Summerville, SC and Thomas Dalfonso of Alden, who were randomly selected from the roster of participants. Candice, a former New York State resident and avid Bills fan, won a Mario Williams autographed cleat and Thomas was awarded an EJ Manual autographed helmet.

Although there's only two weeks left in the Challenge, it's not too late to be part of this exciting initiative. By signing up at, participants still have the chance to turn their exercise and nutrition points into prizes – including two tickets to Super Bowl XLIX, on February 1, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., plus airfare and accommodations. Other prizes yet to be awarded include an autographed Sammy Watkins jersey and two tickets and pregame on-field passes to the Buffalo Bills vs. Green Bay Packers game on Sunday, December 14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

How the Health & Wellness Challenge works

Participants in the Health & Wellness Challenge earn points by meeting three main weekly goals: 1) Exercise three times per week for at least 30 minutes, 2) Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, and 3) Drink eight glasses of water each day.

Participants can also complete one daily challenge for additional points to gain more chances to win. Each challenge integrates health tips to help them learn about fitness and nutrition to stay healthy even after the challenge is completed. Participants receive daily emails as a reminder to log-in and learn about that day's challenge.

The number of points earned throughout the Challenge will determine the number of chances participants have in the weekly and grand prize drawing. Competitors must be at least 18 years of age to win. Complete rules and prize details are available at the Challenge website:

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