Set time aside on May 15 to hear Robert Sweetgall speak here

We urge Morrison County residents to put a special day on their calendars. On Wednesday, May 15, Robert Sweetgall will be in the county talking to groups about how to live a healthier lifestyle.

If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, you need to hear Sweetgall’s message.

Sweetgall touts himself as a real-life Forrest Gump, having walked across the U.S. seven times.

His appearance in the county is not by accident. He was invited here by the Live Better Live Longer (LBLL) coalition, an outgrowth of the Healthy Communities Collaborative (HCC). The HCC became concerned with healthy lifestyles when the state started ranking Minnesota counties on their overall healthiness. Morrison County currently ranks 82nd out of 87 counties.

One of the primary factors in that low ranking is morbidity, which is the frequency of illness among the populace. If local citizens don’t change their lifestyles, they will continue to be ill more days than people living elsewhere, and their chances of dying prematurely will remain higher than normal.

The LBLL coalition has divided itself into three committees, Eat, Move and Belong. Eating healthier food, getting adequate exercise and belonging to a group of friends, church and/or club all contribute to people feeling better not only mentally and emotionally, but has physical benefits as well.

Sweetgall will be making five public appearances throughout the day. Four of his talks will be held at the St. Francis Hall on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. At 7:30 a.m. his talk will target the business community and “Workplace Wellness on a Zero Budget.” At 9:30 a.m., his topic will be “How to Add Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years.” At 6 p.m., he will show people how to burn fat and flatten one’s stomach with “Nordic Walking.” Then at 7 p.m., he will speak on the motivation to move and how that counters diabetes and heart disease.

In the middle of the day, at 3 p.m., he will appear at Horizon Health in Pierz, where he will also speak on how “Motivation to Move” reduces stress and increases longevity.

Reservations are recommended by contacting HCC Executive Director Kate Bjorge at the HCC office, (320) 631-5675  or  e-mail  [email protected]