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Ready for a challenge?

By Staff | Jan 10, 2014

Velvet Ross conducted a pre-diabetes screening with a Lifestyle Challenge participant Friday. Photo by Michael Tidemann

The Emmet County Wellness Coalition Wednesday discussed plans for the Lifestyle Challenge which started Friday.

Regional Wellness Center director Bob Grems said 75 had paid to date. Initial weigh-in was scheduled for 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Jen Hough, Avera Holy Family Hospital community relations manager, said there would be a pre-diabetes screening questionnaire at the initial weigh-in.

Grems said there were 47-48 youth participating in Energizers Plus, nearly full capacity. He said basketball programs were also continuing with 70 in Tiny Tot basketball and 40 in youth. He said 60 youth were participating in swim league with the first home meet Jan. 18 and the next meet Feb. 22. Grems said practice was held two nights and three mornings each week.

Grems said the RWC was getting new play blocks for the imagination playground, a $6,000 project funded by donations from GKN, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative and members. Grems said the play blocks are a STEM-based activity to engage children’s learning while playing.

Grems said the RWC is remodeling the lobby for the RWC’s 10th anniversary celebration the week of Feb. 26. He said the center is also getting ping pong tables to offer adult table tennis two nights a week.

Coalition members reviewed upcoming newspaper articles in the Estherville News.

Sandy Fandel of Avera Holy Family Hospital said the hospital is trying to educate people regarding antibiotics. She also noted influenza cases in Emmet County.

Vickie Rooney of Fitnessquest in Armstrong said North Union and the fitness center were taking part in Lifestyle Challenge, starting late January and going to mid-April.

Britney Rosburg of Emmet County ISU Extension noted the Live Healthy Iowa program was underway and that ISU has blogs for Science of Parenting and Just in Time Parenting, in both English and Spanish. She said the Strengthening Families program for ELC sixth-graders will go from the end of February through March.

Estherville city administrator Penny Clayton noted men’s basketball leagues were underway.

Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Lexie Hash noted the chamber banquet will be next Thursday. Anyone interested in attending can get information at estherville.org. Hash also said the Lunch and Learn series is continuing every other month with Jackie Mart conducting the next session noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Sleep Inn & Suites. The $5 fee includes lunch.

Emmet County Conservation Board naturalist Jenna Pollock said she is conducting J-term “skinny” classes at North Union on geocaching. Snow shoeing and cross-country skiing had been scheduled; however, there has not been enough snow. Pollock said archery will be held at ELC this week and next week at North Union.

Pollock said there will be an archery fun shoot Jan. 18 with an archery club tournament at Spencer Jan. 19. She said work is moving forward on water trails and that she had applied for a grant and hoped for a DNR grant to update three access points.

Pollock said the winter survival program scheduled for last Saturday had been rescheduled to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The Signs of Love program will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, the same night as the owl moon.

Sharon Hooge of Emmet County Public Health said the agency was still offering flu vaccine and that Public Health wants to increase adult vaccination rates.

Pam Caboth of Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative talked about the Prime for Life Program and wellness screenings. She said a tobacco awarenesss program is set for June.

Brenda Evans of GKN said a weight-loss program will start at the end of the month.

Kathy Preston, Emmet County Public Health nurse administrator, said a grant had been received and a car seat event will be held in May.

The next Emmet County Wellness Coalition meeting will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.