Meet the contestants for the 2011 One Step at a Time Challenge!

Karen Zeise

     I would like to get more active in some activity to lose some weight and eat more heathy foods.  I need some moviation to get me started.  I am still kinda new in Redwood Ralls, I have been here about year and half. It's a beautiful city to live in. I need to know some people that like to go for walks and activities to do to stay moviated.  I NEED to go to the RACC at least three times week. Now that the hoildays are over it wiill be a littler easier to get out there. better to choose good food to eat.

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Sarah Runck

Hi my name is Sarah Runck, I live in Redwood Falls.  I am married to my husband, Gary.  In May we will be married for 15 years.  I have been been blessed with 2 children, Halle is 11 years old and Holden is 8 years old.  I operate a family child care business out of my home.  I have been doing child care since my Halle was 4 months old!  In my spare time I enjoy being with my family-going to the lake, 4-wheeling, family bike rides, Church softball, reading magazines (books take too long), and vegetable and flower gardening.    I am so excited to participate in the One Step at a Time Challenge to better my health, learn proper nutrition and increase my physical exercise with weights.  My husband tells me that he's taking me somewhere for our 15 year wedding anniversary and I want to look great, (little extra motivation for swimsuit season)!!!  I want to lose 8-10 pounds in the 6 week RACC Challenge.  I also want to train for a personal record of under 30 minutes on a 5K run in the summer of 2011.

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Jason Halvorson


Bruce Kaardal

Goal:  Maintenance or increase in flexibility, strength and weight loss of about a pound a month.  Weight goal 190 lbs within twenty four months.
Bio: Fifty one, married, two kids
Activities: Basketball, golf, hiking, backpacking, biking, canoeing, camping, snowshoeing and about anything else that interests me.
Hobbies: Remodeling by house and woodworking
Program: I am always interest in new information that will improve my overall health.  By participating in the event, it will help me develop new fitness and eating programs to enhance my personal fitness.

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Heather Anderson

Hi my name is Heather Anderson.  I'm 24 years old and I live in Morgan with my boyfriend, Brandy Koffler.  I work at KLGR Radio in Redwood Falls and am the assistant girls hockey coach for Redwood Valley.  I enjoy being busy.  I'm on the United Way board and I work out at Jackpot bartending occasionally.

I'm really looking forward to this challenge because I just feel unhealthy.  My mom (Joyce Anderson) participated in the challenge last year and had great success.  I really need a jumpstart to get myself into a routine of working out.  Since I live in Morgan, it's hard for me to talk myself into driving all the way into Redwood to workout.  I don't want to go before work because, lets face it, that's just way to early, and I don't want to go after I get done with hockey practice because I'm just too lazy and tired. 

IAnother reason why I wanted to participate in this challenge is because I have a problem with food!!!  I eat WAY too much!  I just love food, what can I say.  With the help of Dorie, I'm going to really focus on portion control.  Lets face it, even though eating a half gallon of ice cream at a time is awesome and fun, it's really bad for you.  So!  Here we go and I hope you tag along to help support us because I really need to be held accountable!

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Eugene Sand

 I am married to Marlene for 40 years in December.  We have 8 children together and many grandchildren.  We are both retired.  I also like to collect coins, older ones. 

I wanted to participate in the challenge so I can live longer and enjoy life more.  I have had two heart valve replacement surgeries in 7 years.

My goals for this challenge are to loose weight and build muscle.  I also have diabetes so by loosing weight it would help out with that and it would be better for my heart.

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Bennie Mammen

Name-Ben Mammen
Goals: Lose weight, lower blood pressure, and get in better physical shape
Challenges: I have a back problems and high blood pressure so will have to modify my exercise plan to manage my back limitations. 
Family: I am married to my best friend, Deb.  I have two children, Heather and Keegan and three grandchildren, Abby, Kyron, and Ethin.  I have lived in this are all my life. I am retired and my wife is a nurse at Seasons.  I like to garden, travel, take care of the grandkids, and watch and go to NASCAR races.
Why participating:  I want to try and live a healthier lifestyle so I will be around for my children and to see my grandchildren grow up.

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Rachel Johnson

My name is Rachel Johnson I am 31 years old. I am a mother of 3 active little boys.and have been married 10+years. I work full time (rotating shifts) which is my main concern for being able to schedule workouts. My goals are to eat better and work on toning and loose about 5-10 lbs. I just want to feel better and have more energy. I decided to participate in this program to get a better understanding of where I should be physically and to work on eating better and not skipping meals.

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Karae Erie

My name is Karae Erie and my goal for this fitness challenge is two-fold:  To lose 6-8 lbs by the end of the 6 wk period and to be able to finishe a 5k in 26 minutes by May.
I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren the youngest is a sophomore in high school.  I have lived and worked in Redwood Falls for the past 25 years and have been at my present job at the Auction Center for 15 years.  I love to fish (both summer and winter), ride motorcycle ( I own a 2007 Yamaha 1100 V-Star) and run whenever I can--prefer it more in the summer time when I can be outside.
I wanted to participate in this program because I thought it would give me some new insight on achieving my health & fitness goals.
I am looking forward to getting started on the fitness challenge.  I have been working out for a number of years, but I am ready to move ahead & try new things and begin working a little harder toward my goals.  I dont' feel that I will have any "struggles" other than the fact that I need to make sure that I eat something at each meal even though I may not be hungry.  The fact that the fitness center is 24/7 is a great plus because I have no excuse to not get in and workout!

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Tara Anderson

I am married to Darwin Anderson for 9 years (our 10 year is coming up so I'm hoping to go somewhere fun), we have 2 children, Rachel is 7 and Derek is 3. We live in Redwood Falls. We enjoy snowmobiling (when they are working) riding the Harley, being outside as much as we can. We also enjoy playing the Wii which my 7 year can totally beat me at!
I've worked at KLGR Radio since October 2001. I am a member of the Redwood County Fair Board since 2001.
My goals are to lose 8-10 pounds in 6 weeks. Excersice on a regular basis. Stop smoking which will be a challenge but I'm ready for it!
I am excited for this challenge because, I want to start eating healthy on a regular basis not only for myself but my whole family. It gets to be a challenge when running around with the kids and being involved in different activities. Also to become more physically fit and have more energy.
I look forward to this opportunity and hope you will support me and join in!

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