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County Wellness Coalition meets

Lifestyle challenge to combine with Biggest Loser program

October 30, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Wellness Coalition met to gear up for another winter wellness program Tuesday at the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative community room.

Jen Hough, Avera Holy Family Health community relations manager, said she and Regional Wellness Center director Bob Grems agreed they liked the Lifestyle Challenge program format used in previous years better than the 100 Day Iowa Wellness Challenge the coalition followed last year. She said she and Grems could work together to develop a program that would work. The RWC has previously used the Biggest Loser program.

"Both programs have been successful in the past so we thought we'd just make it one big program," Hough said.

The group discussed other wellness efforts - at schools, upcoming runs and healthy cooking tips. They also discussed Avera Holy Family's community needs assessment.

Once finalized, the results will be placed on the hospital's website.

Coalition director Kathy Preston gave everyone an update on the Walk With a Purpose walkability study done the first part of May. She noted plans for the sidewalk on Third Avenue South, the extended walking trail at Spurgin Park and plans for other walker-friendly projects.

Hough also reviewed Planet Heart, a cardio and vascular screening program at Avera for just $75 for both screenings.

The group will meet again at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at the ILEC building.



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