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Lectures, contests spur healthy living

Spreading the message of health

Dec. 6, 2012
 
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Carrie Hutton/12 For '12
Wisconsinite Cathy Skell talks about her experience on the televison show 'The Biggest Loser' at the Daily Herald Media sponsored Health Fair at John Muir Middle School in Wausau on April 14, 2012. / 12 For '12 file photo
Kevin Korpela of Wausau's Downtown Grocery talks with Belinda Fechhelm of Marshfield on April 14 at a Daily Herald Media-sponsored health fair. / 12 For '12 file photo

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What a year it has been for 12 For ’12. We have met so many people across central Wisconsin who are making healthier and happier lives for themselves.

Many followed through on pledges they made last spring when we invited the public to learn about lasting weight loss in a presentation by the Biggest Loser team of Kristin Steede and Cathy Skell in April. We teamed up with the National Wellness Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in July to offer a free lecture by wellness coach and author Dr. Karen Wolfe on the abundance of sugar in foods. And in September, families of about 100 children were invited to extend their fun run at Wausau School Forest with a family scavenger hunt. Kids were excited to turn in their sheets after finding the eight items hidden along the Chipmunk Trail.

Whether you answered questions designed to encourage healthy habits in one of our monthly checklists, got inspired by our reality show speakers to lose weight, got some vegetable tips from a booth at our April health fair inside John Muir Middle School, entered our scavenger hunt with your family or simply enjoyed reading someone’s story on making a lasting health change this year, we are glad you learned something to help you “Live longer. Feel better. Be happier” as part of 12 For ’12 this year.

By the numbers

• More than 430 followers of our 12 For ’12 Facebook pages.

• More than 37,500 online views of Commit to Change contests and 12 for ’12 stories online.

• 10 winners of our Commit to Change checklists, selected from 2,050 entries.

• More than 200 attended “The Biggest Loser: How to Lose Weight and Gain Life” at John Muir Middle School on April 14, and dozens made pledges to do something to improve their health.

• 3 “Loser Teams” who committed to weigh in regularly, exercise and make changes to their diets in our weight loss competition.

12 For ’12 staff

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