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Power Up 2010 encourages healthy living

Power Up 2010

Park Rapids area residents are trying to make healthier choices through "Power Up 2010."

The wellness challenge began in January and has been a hit, said Jill Dickinson, Park Rapids Community Education director. She reported 185 people are registered.

The eight-week challenge is sponsored by the Center for Weight Management, a service of St. Joseph's Area Health Services and Innovis Health, along with Community Education.

"I've gotten very positive feedback," Dickinson said.

Each week, participants set personal goals centered on POWER tools. The acronym stands for protein and produce, optimism, water, exercise and resisting grazing. Individuals who turn in their points have an opportunity to win prizes on a weekly basis.

E-mails are sent to participants with tips from the hospital on drinking more water, getting enough sleep and resisting grazing.

"Many people were surprised by how much water they should be drinking," Dickinson said.

Ron Carnell Sr., one of the participants, said he had bariatric surgery and this program fits right in with how he wants to live.

"It's about changing my lifestyle," he said. "Exercising, eating smaller portions and taking out sugar."

Lesli Zimmerman, also participating in Power Up, said this was a chance for her to enrich her health conscious 2010 challenge/goal with some added accountability.

"I had begun my health conscious goals with a gym membership on my daughters 26th b-day in September 2009, a time when we all feel older," she said in an e-mail. "My goal then was to just meet my gym's Blue Cross Blue Shield discount requirements of 12 times a month utilizing that as an incentive."

She likes the POWER acronym. It assists her in remembering her daily goals and holds her accountable weekly.

"I'm hoping at it's conclusion to continue on my own," she said.

Dickinson said she's heard from many people that Power Up has been a realistic program and they appreciate that.

The Power Up wrap up will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 at the Frank White Education Center.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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