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Residents urged to join 'Live Healthy Iowa'

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Residents of Cherokee County are encouraged to participate in the Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge beginning January 28, 2013.

This challenge is simple, affordable and even includes a little friendly competition.

"The Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge is a great wellness initiative, and we are encouraging all Cherokee residents as well as those from the surrounding communities to participate in the 12th anniversary of the challenge this year," says Matt Hoskinson, CRMC Wellness Center Manager and Live Healthy Iowa advocate.

As part of the Challenge, participants form teams of two to 10 adults to motivate and support each other in achieving their fitness and weight loss goals. Each week, Live Healthy team members report physical activity and/or weight loss as part of a friendly competition.

In 2012, Live Healthy Iowa announced the Corporate and Community Cup Challenge encouraging companies and communities to compete for the coveted traveling trophy. New in 2013, schools are encouraged to participate in the K-12 Cup Challenge with Live Healthy Iowa Kids' 10 Week Wellness Challenge.

Bill Leaver, President and CEO of Iowa Health System and Steve Lacy, CEO of Meredith Corporation, serve as Cup Challenge Co-Chairs, encouraging Iowans to take the challenge.

Specifically, the Community Cup Challenge will engage cities, counties or regions in a healthy competition. The winner of the Community Cup Challenge will be determined by the highest percentage of people who start and complete the adult challenge in addition to participants in the kids' version of the challenge as compared to population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The winning community will be recognized and will receive the traveling trophy.

"The Live Healthy Iowa Challenge will be great for those involved and for the county as a whole," says Hoskinson. "Currently we have community groups set up for the cities of Cherokee and Marcus. We would like to see a community group started for each town in Cherokee County," he added.

For more information on how to join a community group, start a group for your town or business, or the 10 Week Live Healthy Iowa Challenge in general, feel free to contact Matt Hoskinson of the CRMC Wellness Center at 712-225-6858. Or visit www.livehealthyiowa.org.

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