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The Biggest Loser challenge has begun


Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Coffee Street Fitness & Dance of Lanesboro, Minn. has begun its Biggest Loser Challenge as of Monday, January 7, 2013, and will continue until June 2013. The program was initiated by Melinda Coscarelli Lutes, owner of Coffee Street Fitness & Dance of Lanesboro, Minn. Beginning shortly after the New Year, the program may help contestants stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Although shedding pounds is among the top reasons for participants to join the challenge it is not the only reason that they decided to join the group or the reason Melinda started the challenge.

The Biggest Loser Challenge is a six-month challenge for members and non-members of Coffee Street Fitness & Dance but may teach the participants a lifestyle that will last a lifetime. The program not only focuses on exercise but also on nutrition and coaching.

According to the Facebook page for Coffee Street Fitness & Dance (www.facebook.com/pages/Coffee-Street-Fitness-Dance) the goals of the challenge are to “lose weight, lose body fat and inches, change your body composition, and get healthy and fit” which are goals everyone should strive for.

How the Biggest Loser Challenge works is every week the participants get a new exercise routine, a list of foods to eat along with percentages of calories of protein, fat and carbohydrates to have in their weekly diet. Melinda Coscarelli Lutes has asked all participants to check in with her at least once a week to discuss the person’s progress and any questions or concerns they may have. The contestants are asked to exercise a minimum of five days a week for at least 30 minutes each time. Melinda is always available to offer her expertise in coaching and to offer any help the contestants may need.

The participants of the Biggest Loser Challenge are all using two internet applications. One is called “Groupme” and the other is “MyFitnessPal,” and these apps let the participants keep in touch with each other as well as being useful in helping each member track their exercise and food intake.

The Biggest Loser Challenge also has a point system where the participants earn points for different activities. The ways in which participants earn points is by exercising, tracking diet on a daily basis, checking in with Melinda, going to weekly meetings, and the percent of weight loss each week. Prizes are available to the group member who earns the most points each week. One .....
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Taking back her life

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Brandy Allen found out she had Crohn’s Disease in 2008, but she had been suffering long before then. She had been experiencing crippling stomach pains and had been in and out of emergency rooms and hospitals. “It felt like somebody was stabbi ..... 
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Eat for Equity feast coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

By Lori Slindee Eat for Equity, Lanesboro Local, and the Lanesboro Arts Center are coming together for a delightful evening of food and celebration. Eat for Equity is returning on Saturday, February 16 to put on a delicious dinner, locally grown an ..... 
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Radioactive gas is persistent health risk in Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Every hour, one person in the US dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable. Fillmore County Public Health a ..... 
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Gundersen Lutheran sets up flu information line

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Given the increase in the number of people affected with the flu, Gundersen Lutheran has a set up a special hotline for information on the flu. The number for the Influenza Information Line is (608) 775-0364 or toll-free at (800) 362-9567, ext. 50 ..... 
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Spring Valley Senior Living offers free blood pressure screening

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

Pictured: Spring Valley Senior Living home health nurse, Alyssa Christianson, takes Bernice Ostern’s blood pressure. Blood pressure screenings are offered free to area community members at Spring Valley Senior Living on the second Thursday of the ..... 
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Minnesota traffic deaths up in 2012

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL — For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota as 378 people were killed in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 368 ..... 
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“Help Our Neighbors” helps senior citizens in the their homes

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

An organization called Help Our Neighbors can be the key to helping Senior Citizens stay in their homes and active in the community by providing services they need to stay independent. The services that the Help Our Neighbors organization assists wi ..... 
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Harmony Blood drive collects 40 units

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 11, 2012, succeeded in collecting 40 units of blood. There were 44 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones: Jill ..... 
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