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Free Course Teaches Healthy Eating, Wise Budgeting

Union County, NJ – All Union County residents are invited to take part in a free online course, designed by Rutgers University experts, that shows how a few modest changes in daily habits can lead to better nutrition and financial improvement. Called the “Spring 2011 SSHW Challenge,” the course is based on the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ program.

The five-week program is free and open to all who enroll online from now until the start date of Sunday, April 10. Participants keep track of their progress through a point system, and a daily bar graph shows how their score compares with the average. Prizes will be awarded for participants who report the highest point totals.

To get more information or to join the SSHW Challenge, follow the “Challenges” link on the Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ Web site at Set up a user name and password. Then download a simple user’s guide that describes how to proceed, and enroll in the Challenge titled “Spring 2011 SSHW Challenge.”

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. To contact the Union County Extension by phone, call 908-654-9854.

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