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Wellness Coalition reviews Lifestyle Challenge

April 3, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Wellness Coalition Wednesday heard a report on this year's Lifestyle Challenge from Regional Wellness Center director Bob Grems. The RWC and Avera Holy Family Hospital sponsored this year's Challenge.

Grems said more than 200 individuals came in for final weigh-in, with one person losing 80 pounds over the three months of the Challenge. He said a lot of participants lost seven to 10 pounds.

Grems discussed a number of other wellness activities, noting just short of 300 Estherville Lincoln Central students were involved.

The group talked at length about the Emmet County Wellness Coalition Community Walk in conjunction with Go the Distance Day Friday, May 3. Times and locations are still being set; however, following are some of the locations and times that are already set:

n RWC, 10 a.m.

n Estherville Public Library, 11:30, noon, 12:30.

n Emmet County Nature Center, 11, noon, 1 p.m.

A 30-minute walk is suggested.

Estherville city administrator Penny Clayton said the city had been approved for $250,000 in trail money for 2015. The trail would run north from the city tennis courts through Mickelson and Riverside parks along the Des Moines River.

Clayton said the city is also working on a moratorium on sidewalk removal and that a sidewalk is planned between Demoney Elementary and the RWC this year. She said money was also put into the parks department for a trail around Thoreson Park.

Emmet County Conservation Board naturalist Jenna Pollock said the Nature Center will hold a Gaming Outdoors event 4-6 p.m. April 22 to encourage youth to play outside. She said plans are also afoot for a bike ride from the Nature Center to Tuttle Lake and return.

Grems reviewed plans for the Tuesday Night Bike Time Trials starting May 21. The RWC will also sponsor a triathlon Saturday, May 25 with 150-200 participating. There will be both a kids and adult triathlon and 5K run.

Grems said the Energizer Plus program will continue next year and there will be a two-week Four Star Camp this June. Grems said the RWC had also applied for a Swim Safe grant for fifth and sixth grades.

The next meeting will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8.



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