Healthy U Accepting Applications

| October 10, 2012
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Applications to be a part of the Healthy U Class of 2013 are due in about three weeks.  click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Pettis County Healthy Living Action Group Chairperson Sarah Nail:

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The year-long program teaches its 12 members to live a healthier lifestyle.  Nail said the twelve students who are accepted should be prepared to share the experience publicly.  Those interested need to have their application turned into the Bothwell Education Center by 5:00 p.m. on October 31st.

Press Release from Bothwell Regional Health Center

SEDALIA, MO – The Pettis County Healthy Living Action Group is seeking applicants for the Healthy U Class of 2013. The community wellness project is about changing the lives of 12 Pettis County residents, and through them, inspiring the entire community to make healthier choices.

The 12 Healthy U students, who will be selected through an application process, will be paired with fitness and nutrition coaches for a year. The program will begin in January 2013.

“Our Class of 2012 has experienced great success and we are hoping to replicate that with another group next year. An added benefit to the Class of 2013 will be having students from this year serve as their mentors,” said Sarah Nail, chairwoman of HLAG and community outreach coordinator at Bothwell Regional Health Center. “We are looking for individuals who are ready to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lose weight and become healthier.”

The idea is that the 12 participants will inspire others in the community — family, friends, co-workers, neighbors — by publicly sharing their journey through media, Facebook and community events. Other program components will give the community tools and support they need to be successful.

A prize package will be awarded to the Healthy U winner with the highest percentage of weight loss.

Selected Healthy U students will meet weekly as a group in addition to meeting one-on-one with their coaches throughout the year. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Pettis County and willing to publicly share their stories. Completed applications should be returned to the Bothwell Education Center by 5 p.m., Oct. 31.

Applications are available at HLAG agencies: Bothwell Regional Health Center, Katy Trail Community Health, Pettis County Health Center, Pettis County Community Partnership and University of Missouri Extension. The application can also be found online at or on Facebook at

For more information contact Sarah Nail at 827-9138 or

Healthy U sponsors for 2012 include HLAG agencies and Total Fitness Gym, Backbone of Health, Woods Supermarket, Bodyworks Day Spa, Blue Ribbon Steering Committee, Fig Leaf, Third National Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, ProVelo, Champion Bicycles and the United Way.

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