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Onawa, IA community says 'better late than never' for a healthy you in 2014

ONAWA, Iowa (KTIV)- While the time for 2014 New Year's resolutions has come and gone, a group of Siouxlanders are saying it's never too late to decide to spend the year making healthier choices.
In fact, one group of Siouxlanders seems to think there's no better way to spend a chilly January day than by being outside.
"The first year we did it, a lot of people, you know walking in January, they really weren't too enthused about it. But, you know, rain or shine, cold, windy like today, they come out,"  Jenn Collison, Director of Onawa Chamber of Commerce. 
Monona County and the Onawa, Iowa Chamber of Commerce hosted the 'Burr Walk' to kick off the 10-week long Live Healthy Iowa program, inviting members of the community to get out of the house and get active in the winter weather.
"We're just trying to make people change their mindset to live a healthier lifestyle. Walking, even walking 30 minutes a day, can dramatically improve your health," Laura Oliver, Monona County Public Health.
The kickstartekick starterive Healthy Iowa program focused on not just the walk itself, but on creating a healthy lifestyle. 
Different health and wellness vendors were there, officials said not necessarily to promote the idea extreme weight loss, but simply to promote a healthier approach to life.
"Anything simple, anything small to start. Baby steps to start on your road to a healthier lifestyle," Oliver said.
The walk participants said they loved the winter activity and the opportunity to start fresh with healthy goals.
"I think it's a wonderful thing. I did it last year and lost weight, I'm going to do it this year and get healthier and lose more weight," Hank Mason, Onawa, Iowa said.
While today's 'Burr Walk' participants did say that they enjoyed the walk, and they enjoy other events like it in the community of Onawa, it did leave a little to be desired on the cold front.
"The weather could not have been better. It was a little windy, but at least it wasn't 20 below zero, which we were afraid of," Oliver said.
"I wished it was colder and snowier," Mason said.
"It was kind of windy, but it was good," Collison said.
The 10 week long Live Healthy Iowa program is still open for enrollment until February 10.
If you'd like to sign up, click here for more information.

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