Archive for March 2014

LiveWell Challenge Series Offered to Area Residents

A total of 8 teams and 35 individuals are participating in Jefferson County’s group for the LiveWell Challenge series.

As of mid-February, the Jefferson County group is 8th in the state of Nebraska for weight loss (1.6 percent) and 7th in activity, logging calories burned at a total of 11,222 so far. The state has 41 organizations (like Jefferson County) participating, with a total of 276 teams that include 439 individuals.

A Jefferson County team, Radar Watchers, is ranked 5th in statewide weight loss for teams, with an average loss of 4.15 percent. The DeBoer Girls team is in 27th place for weight loss. For activity, the Jefferson County team Shake ‘N Bacon is 28th in activity in the state. Currently, Janet Ahl of Fairbury leads the individual standings in weight loss for the state, with weight loss of 9.75 percent.

“It’s never too late to start new healthier habits,” said Kathy Helmink, director of disease management and wellness at Jefferson Community Health Center. “The LiveWell Team Challenge encourages us to be more active and make healthier eating choices.”

It’s not too late to join the LiveWell Challenge.

LiveWell Challenge Series membership is a one-year per person membership for $15 which includes the LiveWell team challenge, Summer Steps, a fall challenge, discounts on other events and challenges, complete diet, nutrition and activity tracking (during challenges and throughout the year), activity and nutrition charts, goal tracking, recipes, discussions articles by fitness and nutrition professionals, a personal blog and photo gallery, and a one-year subscription to a health or fitness-related magazine of your choice.

Signup for the LiveWell Challenge series is a one-year on-line sign up. Participants can opt into the challenges or just utilize resources and tracking software available all the time in the program. Participants may choose to participate in some challenges and not all. Check out the excellent tracking resources you can use year-round to help you meet your goals!

Area residents are encouraged to sign up as a part of the Jefferson County group.  To be part of the Jefferson County group, go to: Be sure to sign up for both the LiveWell Challenge Series and the LiveWell Team Challenge.

The LiveWell Team Challenge goes through April 7. It is designed for teams of 2 to 10. Participants can track physical activity minutes and/or weight loss throughout the 12-week challenge. Earn monthly incentive prizes just for tracking, or one of several getaways and adventures.

If you have questions, contact Kathy Helmink or Lana Likens – or call the Nebraska Sports Council at (402) 471-2544. (Please call the Sports Council for questions regarding log-in and password reset.)