Health Initiative Expands in Algoma

A new fitness initiative launched in Algoma earlier this year was so successful a second phase of the program starts this week.

It now includes the city's three largest employers.

Working out is now part of 52-year-old Dan Haas' normal routine.

“This boot camp is a son of a gun, but if you have 45 minutes, it's worth it,” he says.

Haas started working out with his trainer at Stick to it Fitness, a boot camp facility that worked with Door County Medical Center, to offer free classes to residents during the first phase of “Let's Go Algoma.”

“It was April of last year, I found out I was diabetic and I had a blood sugar of almost 400 and was way overweight,” explains Haas.

He started out in a walking program with Ministry before starting boot camp and has lost 72 pounds.

“Losing weight means everything to me right now. I don't know if I'll get to my goal weight, but 100 pounds would be wonderful,” says Haas.

With the success of the first phase of “Let's Go Algoma,” a second phase is now being offered at the three largest employers in the area at Algoma Hardwood, the Algoma School District and WS Packaging.

“We're going to be going into the businesses and doing health coaching, wellness coaching, having fitness classes and nutritional support,” explains Kevin Grohskopf, chief business development officer with Door County Medical Center.

Employees at Algoma Hardwoods say they're looking forward to personalized coaching.

“I have bad knees and recently have taken off 30 pounds and still have a ways to go, so I'm looking for ways to lessen the impact there,” explains human resources manager Margaret Jensen.

Ministry hopes to create similar programs in other door county communities.

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