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Gov. Heineman Encouraging Nebraskans to Get Healthy with Team Challenge

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Gov. Dave Heineman is encouraging Nebraskans to register for the LiveWell Team Challenge. The program runs Jan. 14 through April 8, and offers friendly team competition in weight loss and physical activity minutes.

"Last year there were over 9,000 participants from 154 Nebraska companies who lost a combined total of 34,000 pounds, and they logged more than 23 million minutes in total activity time, which averages about 21 minutes a day per participant," said Gov. Heineman. "Programs like the LiveWell Challenge are helping Nebraskans lead healthier lives. I want to encourage you to form your teams and sign-up today!"

Throughout the 100 days of the Team Challenge, teams of 2-10 people receive weekly motivational tips to guide them toward healthier nutrition and exercise habits. The participants periodically log their progress and can check their results on a leaderboard. 

"Upon enrollment in the program, each participant receives a training T-shirt, an annual subscription to a healthy lifestyle magazine and access to a wealth of prizes and wellness resources," said Dave Mlnarik, Executive Director of the Nebraska Sports Council.

"We encourage everyone to check with their employer first as many companies offer entry fee assistance and additional company incentives. We also encourage participants to challenge family, friends and neighbors to join them in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle," added Mlnarik.

Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Schaefer said, "I'm excited about this 100-day challenge because it is reinforcing the culture of wellness we are creating across the state, and a little friendly competition can really get people moving."

Registration information can be found at or by calling 402-471-2544. The LiveWell Challenge is a program of the Nebraska Sports Council. Learn more at

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