Health class to kick off weight loss challenge

n Author, Fairview pediatrician to speak to kids, families on nutrition, fitness and meal planning

by Jim Boyle

Editor

The Boys and Girls Club of Elk River is hosting a free health and nutrition class and challenge for families and individuals looking to live healthfully.

The class will be led by Dr. Jessica Larson, a pediatrician at Fairview Clinics in Elk River, and Russell Branjord, the author of “Spike Diet” and “Spike Life.”

The goal of the class is simple.

“We want to challenge families in Elk River to make healthy lifestyle changes,” Branjord said.

Larson and Branjord will educate parents on nutrition, meal planning fitness, how to get kids to eat healthy and the myths about weight loss.

The challenge, which will be kicked off with the class, will last 12 weeks with the hope of creating lasting changes. The one-hour class will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the club, located at 905 Sixth St., NW.

Reservations are requested; call Thomas Kihle at 763-587-3935 or email him at thomaskihle@kw.com or Branjord at rbranjord@waterstonemortgage.com.

Larson was recently recognized by Fairview Foundation for her leadership and generosity in support of Fairview Health Services. Larson directed her support to fighting childhood obesity and the construction of University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, where she also sits on the board of directors.

Branjord, a certified professional trainer and a certified nutrition consultant, has battled obesity himself and came out on the winning side to write about it and to share what he has learned in his journey with weight problems.

He weighed 200 pounds before his 13th birthday, and his battle with obesity continued well into his adulthood. At one point, he weighed 330 pounds.

“Through my personal struggles as a child, adult and now as a parent, I have learned what is necessary to put an end to (this) battle,” said Branjord, the former director of the Elk River Boys and Girls Club. “This battle begins as a child for many of us and, as parents, we need to equip our children with the right tools to protect them from the pain and frustration of being overweight.”

For more information, visit www.LiveHealthyMN.com.

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