A total of 289 participants took part in this year's Lifestyle Challenge, the Emmet County Wellness Coalition learned at its monthly meeting Wednesday at the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative board room.
Jen Hough, Avera Holy Family Hospital community relations manager, noted that 91 people did not show for the final weigh-in which disqualified 36 teams. She said participants lost a total of 2,605.2 pounds and did 682,686 minutes of exercise.
"We had some great success," said Hough, adding that 20 people lost 10 percent or more of their body weight. She said there was a two-page list of people who lost 5 percent or more of their body weight.
"There are lots of good success stories. There's lots of fun this year," Hough said.
Hough asks participants to share their success stories. Check-in weigh-ins will be held in April and May.
Vickie Rooney said the Lifestyle Challenge will go until April 18 in Armstrong.
Members discussed a number of other health-related topics, like National Public Health Week coming up next week.
If dancing is your favorite exercise, the Eagle River Band will play from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 3, in conjunction with the Iowa High School Rodeo Association's annual rodeo at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Lexie Hash said all ages are welcome.
Hash also previewed some of the changes in this year's upcoming Sweet Corn Days, including a magician Friday night, an expanded downtown venue and live band - Junk FM from the Twin Cities - for the Saturday night dance.
Jenna Pollock, Emmet County naturalist, is getting ready for spring field trip season when area schools bring students to the Nature Center. Other upcoming Nature Center events include Wings and Wetland on Mother's Day weekend followed by a spring rendezvous and geocaching through the summer. Pollock said the Nature Center has 10 GPS devices available for visitors plus canoe rentals.
Mary Moorman, Emmet County Public Health office manager, observed a successful Family Resource Fair last week. She said there were 20 booths plus iPads and computers in the library so parents could see what kids are doing in school.
The next meeting will be May 7.