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Wellness Coalition reviews upcoming projects

By Staff | Dec 6, 2013

Emmet County Wellness Coalition discussed a variety of wellness projects and incentives at its monthly meeting Wednesday at the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative board room.

Emmet County naturalist Jenna Pollock said Christmas on the Farm will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Pollock said signups are being taken for the youth winter survival day Saturday, Jan. 4. Grades four through 12 can participate.

Pollock said Wednesday was the first day for the new archery club at Estherville Lincoln Central. She said 89 youth were signed up for the sessions at the old armory. Pollock said a student-parent meeting will be held Monday night at North Union where 45 students are expected. She said a location is yet to be determined. She said there’s also interest by adults in an archery program.

Amanda Fernau, fitness and recreation coordinator at the Regional Wellness Center, said youth basketball was starting Thursday, Tiny Tot basketball next Tuesday and Energizers Plus is underway with 50-plus students participating. She said the Tiny Tot Poms will perform at halftime at Saturday’s ELC girls basketball game.

Fernau said the RWC is also partnering with Avera Holy Family Health in a diabetes prevention program. She said fall and winter classes will wrap in Dec. 20 with a new winter session starting in January.

Fernau noted a seventh-grade basketball tournament Nov. 23 with two more tournaments Dec. 7 and 14. After Jan. 1 the RWC will host swim meets for the first time in January and February. She said 25 swimmers are participating in the morning swim team.

Emmet County Public Health nurse administrator Kathy Preston said a pre-diabetes screening program will be promoted during the Lifestyle Challenge which starts in January.

Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce director Lexie Ruter reminded everyone of the Winter Nights/Holiday Lights festival which was 5-7 Thursday night.

She said there will be an open house at the chamber office at 620 First Ave. S. from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Legislative officials Rep. Tedd Gassman and Sen. Dennis Guth will be on hand from noon to 1 p.m.

The next meeting will be Jan. 9.