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Five of 10 finalists will win spot on team, opportunity for major lifestyle changes

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 2, 2013 – Live Healthy Iowa will give 5 Iowans the chance to reach their wellness goals as part of the 2014 Dream Team! All Iowans (age 18+) were eligible to apply and among numerous qualified applicants, Live Healthy
Iowa has selected 10 finalists. The organization is turning to Iowans to vote and help determine the 5 individuals that win a spot on the team. The entire state will cheer on the Dream Team as they share their journey throughout the 2014 10 Week Wellness Challenge to inspire and motivate people to work toward their wellness goals.

The 2014 Dream Team finalists are: Doug Opheim of Maurice, Joe Calvert of Des Moines, Kathy Blackford of Oskaloosa, Larry Toothman of Cedar Rapids, Lu Anne Gafford of Grimes, Robin Norfleet of West Branch, Shawnna Stiver of Des Moines, Sonya Davis of Floris, Stacey Snyder of Tripoli and Sue Brimm of Weldon. Check out a bio of each finalist on Live Healthy Iowa’s Facebook page or at

The Dream Team will share their struggles, strategies and successes via Facebook and Twitter as well as blogging throughout their journey. Team members will be provided with additional challenge resources such as support from team captain Shawn Johnson of Johnson’s Elite Training, pre and post health assessments, nutrition education, physical activity education, gym membership and a waived challenge fee.

Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge encourages Iowans to track activity minutes and/or weight loss with a team of 2-10 friends, family or co-workers. Registration for the challenge opens Dec. 16th and the challenge kicks off on Jan. 27th. For more information about the Dream Team and the 10 Week Wellness, please visit


About Live Healthy Iowa
Live Healthy Iowa, formerly Lighten Up Iowa, was created in 2001 by the Iowa Sports Foundation as a strategic health initiative to address the state’s growing obesity problem. Live Healthy Iowa brings together friends, families, businesses and communities in team-based wellness challenges designed to promote positive lifestyle change. In 2013, more than 252,000 adult and youth Iowans took part in a Live Healthy Iowa program. To learn more, visit

(Contact: Emily Bisbee, Coordinator,, (888)777-8881 ext. 102)




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