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Avera/RWC Lifestyle Challenge winners announced

March 15, 2017
Estherville News

Another successful Lifestyle Challenge was completed with the final weigh in on Friday, March 3.

This year, the challenge ran for eight weeks and started on Jan. 6. Each year Avera Holy Family Hospital and the Regional Wellness Center partner to offer this community-based program with over 250 participants.

Top 10 individuals for percentage of body weight lost were:

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The top three individuals in the 2017 Avera/RWC Lifestyle challenge are, from left, Roxanne Budach, Tina Natterstad and Jackie Thoreson.
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1. Roxanne Budach 13.56%

2. Tina Natterstad 13.37%

3. Jackie Thoreson12.04%

4. Beth Heifner 11.85%

5. Jeremy Anderson 11.66%

6. Carol Bernholtz 11.38%

7. Tessa Bernholtz 10.99%

8. Jeremiah Heifner 10.88%

9. Trish Quastad10.60%

10. Ron Ziemer10.37%

Top two team with the greatest percent lost as a team were:

1. Repeat Offenders - 10.17%

(Team Members: Paul Budach, Roxanne Budach, and Teresa Paulson)

2. Portion Control to Major Mike -10.04%

(Team Members: Julie Duitsman, Halee Elness, Betsy Erickson, and Mike Hanson)

Also, new for this year was our Great River Road Challenge. Each team had six weeks to make the trek from the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota to the finish line in New Orleans where the river flows into the Gulf of Mexico. The team step total was an average for the team, thusly ensuring that teams of different sizes competed fairly with one another. To complete the challenge each team had to record 385,000 steps. That means that each team member aimed to average approximately 9,200 steps each day. Twenty-seven of the fifty teams were able to finish the challenge on time.

For additional information please call the RWC at 712-362-8484 or contact Bob Grems @



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