Health care officials say it's a great time to replace some unhealthy habits with good ones, by spending more time volunteering, helping others, or hitting the gym.
Erin Kennedy, Director of the Center for Healthy Lifestyles at OSF- St. Joseph suggests focusing on the good changes you've made or are making, so that those habits will last well beyond the Lenten season.
"Surround yourself with positive people. Write a little message on a piece of paper, and tape it up on to the bathroom mirror. This is a great way to remind yourself if whatever positive actions or thoughts you could have that could help you be a better person,” said Kennedy.
People traditionally give up some kind of snack food for lent, to challenge themselves during those 40 days. We hit the streets in the Twin Cities to see what some people are giving up for this year.
"I’m giving up carbs, trying to drop a few pounds,” said Craig Gatto of Normal.
"We're not part of a particular religious tradition, but certainly we believe in being conservative with resources,” said Chris Wellin of Normal.
"I'm trying to give up McDonald’s. I’m really just trying to eat healthier, I guess," said Michele Sabor, of Normal.
"I have not usually observed it at all,” said Kristi Cates of Normal. “One year, I gave up chocolate, just to see if I could, and I didn't. So, I haven't really tried, no."
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