By Teresa Jagodzinski
MONTROSE, MN A “Biggest Loser” contest will highlight the second annual Heart and Health Fair Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montrose Community Center.
The weight contest is a 12-week challenge for participants to get in shape by living a healthier life through a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Both the contest and fair are sponsored by Montrose Family Chiropractic.
Moriah Schmit from Montrose Family Chiropractic explained that anyone interested in joining the challenge who hasn’t already signed up, can sign up and register to be a part it.
For $30, participants in the contest will receive a starter package which includes a water bottle, T-shirt, information on leading a healthy lifestyle, and a one-time consultation with personal trainer Lindsay Getten from Montrose Family Chiropractic.
Getten will do a personal body analysis for each participant, which includes checking their body mass index and weight. She will also devise a diet and exercise plan tailored specifically to them.
Also as part of the program, six different health-related classes will be taught by Curves from Delano Wednesday evenings in the Community Room. These classes, which will range from 30 to 90 minutes, will give information to the participants on exercise and nutrition.
The contest will kickoff Wednesday, March 4 with the first weigh-in being that day.
Every other week, everyone will weigh-in and the person who loses the most weight will receive a gift for that weigh-in, Schmit added.
At the end of the 12 weeks, the person who loses the most overall weight will be the “Biggest Loser” and will win a weekend stay at their choice of specified hotels.
The 2009 Heart and Health Fair
For the second year, the Heart and Health Fair will educate the public on ways to get and stay healthy, and it will let them know which businesses can help them attain that goal.
The larger-than-expected turnout they had last year at the Montrose Family Chiropractic clinic convinced them that they need to hold it in a larger area this year, so the Montrose Community Center will be used.
“Last year was awesome,” Schmit said. “The clinic was packed.”
This year, a higher turnout is expected, Schmit explained.
There will be about 30 different booths this year which will once again feature many businesses that will inform those attending about ways to get healthy and stay healthy.
The goal of the fair is to raise people’s awareness of their health, and they want to get the word out about all of the local businesses that can help them live a healthier lifestyle.
“Most of the businesses are local,” Schmit said.
Many games and activities will entertain the children and also educate them about the benefits of living healthy.
Schmit added that Dojo Karate demonstrations and Dance Dance Revolution will be available for the children.
Those attending the fair will have many free items to choose from. There will be free massages, free samples, free food, free screenings, giveaways, and door prizes.
At the end of the fair, a large drawing take place for a chance to win an iPod, Wii Fit, or a GPS (Global Positioning System).
Some of the businesses that will have information at the fair include Buffalo Doula, Cub Foods, Dan and Becky’s Market, Delano Eye Clinic, Dojo Karate, Gold’s Gym, Massage Therapy, Montrose Family Chiropractic, Montrose Fire Department, Relay for Life, Sunrider, Vibe, Weight Loss Challenge, Wright-Hennepin Electric, The Red Cross, and The American Heart Association, along with many others.
A $3 donation is suggested to attend the fair which will go to the Rivers of Hope Women’s Shelter.
For more information on the contest or the fair, contact Schmit at (763) 675-3121.
Heart and Health fair is Saturday
The second annual Heart and Health Fair will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montrose Community Center.
At the end of the fair, a drawing will take place for a chance to win an iPod, Wii Fit, or Global Positioning System.