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Live Healthy Iowa Day at Loras College

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Loras students and members of the community gathered Saturday to learn about healthy living.

The event, at Loras' Graber Sports Center, was a partnership between Loras College and Live Healthy Dubuque.

Dubuquer Ellen Markham bounced from information booth to information booth on her continued quest for healthy living and eating right.

"That's my goal right now, is not so much low-cal or whatever, but look at the labels and make sure it's good stuff that's in the things that you're eating," Markham said.

Healthy eating is exactly what Loras graduate and assistant wrestling coach Jordan Loy talked about at his table.

"My booth is focusing on the Healthy Kids Act," Loy said. "It's dealing with Iowa school lunches and how Iowa's making a lot of good strides towards becoming healthier."

The Healthy Kids Act, effective 2009, includes a NUTRITION CALCULATOR.

"You just simply plug in the nutritional facts in the calculator, and it tells you whether or not it's acceptable to sell at schools or not," Loy said.

Kids at Saturday's event got plenty activity as they played basketball and scampered around Dewey, Loras' Duhawk mascot. Such physical activity, Loras student Juan Gonzalez said, is great for stress relief.

"I mean, even six to nine minutes a day," Gonzalez said at his booth. "As little as that could reduce a significant amount of stress, and it's been found that from 30 to 60 minutes a day could actually even be more beneficial."

The American Red Cross of the Tri-States showed up to push the important of CPR.

"Every five years, CPR going through some changes, and we're on year five, and yesterday the new changes did launch," health and safety director Tom Kelly said.

Booths of all shapes and sizes displayed information ranging from stretching and wellness checks to blood pressure.

Loras student Nick Stealey said that since kids get physical examinations more often than adults, adults, "might not be aware that they're at risk for diabetes and all that stuff, so getting your blood pressure checked regularly is definitely something people should do."

Live Healthy Iowa Day at Loras College is part of a larger Live Healthy 100 Day Wellness Challenge.

Michele Malone is the chair of Live Healthy Dubuque. She said the goal of the challenge is to create lifelong patterns.

"By the end of the hundred days, that it's going to become a habit, so it's not just doing it for the hundred days, but it's continuing on throughout the rest of the year," Malone said.

The challenge, like the information fair and fitness classes at Saturday's wellness fair, is encouraging Iowans to live healthy.

NEW STUDY ranked Iowa's counties in terms of health. Dubuque County came in 18. The study ranked Delaware County the healthiest and Appanoose the least healthy county.

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