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Independent Health Buffalo Bills wellness challenge will net winner LA football game trip

The fourth round of “The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge” will begin next week, Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills announced Monday.

The challenge, introduced in October 2014 as way to spur more physical activity and good nutrition into the daily lives of all Western New Yorkers, will start next Monday and run through May 29.

It is open to New York State residents 18 and over.

Participants in this spring’s initiative will be eligible for a variety of prizes, including a grand prize trip to Los Angeles on the Bills team plane to see them play the West Coast’s newest team.

The trip includes roundtrip airfare for two, hotel accommodations and two game tickets.

Those who participate also will be able to attend free boot camp classes on the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium every Monday evening throughout the six-week initiative.

Those interested in participating in the challenge for the first time can register at Those who participated before can log on to the same site.

Read how the last winner won a trip to the Pro Bowl here.


As has been the case in the previous three challenges, participants earn points by meeting three main daily goals:

  • Completing at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day
  • Eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day
  • Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day

Participants can also complete one “extra points” challenge each day. As an added bonus, participants who refer their friends, family and co-workers can earn 10 extra points for each person who registers.

The number of points earned throughout the challenge will determine the number of chances participants have in the prize drawings.

In addition to the grand prize to Los Angeles, five participants will be selected at random each week to receive a prize, including autographed Bills memorabilia and gift cards for wearable activity trackers, workout apparel and sporting goods.

Participants can keep track of their progress and learn about that day’s “extra points” challenge by logging-in at

“We’re very excited to once again be teaming with the Buffalo Bills to improve the health and well-being of the Western New York region,”  Dr. Michael W. Cropp, president and CEO of Independent Health, said in a news release. “Since launching the first Health & Wellness Challenge, we have been able to help thousands of people achieve healthier lifestyles by getting active and making smarter nutritional choices. As we now get ready to begin the fourth Wellness & Challenge, we are looking to build on that success so that we can continue to pave a solid foundation for a community that values good health and embraces behaviors that engender healthy living.”

“The Health & Wellness Challenge is a very important initiative for our organization. Through our partnership with Independent Health, we have made a positive impact on more than 10,000 people within Western New York,” Buffalo Bills Managing Partner and President Russ Brandon said. “We look forward to kicking off this spring’s Challenge and continuing to inspire our community to adopt healthy and active lifestyles.”


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