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Losing weight, doing good

If a rapidly tightening waistband isn't enough motivation to lose a few pounds, maybe the opportunity to do some good will be.

America's Fitness Center plans to use the next six weeks to whip several of its members into shape and raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, all at the same time.

Club owner Kyle Snesrud got the idea for the Weight Loss for Epilepsy program after the young son of one of his club managers was diagnosed. Snesrud had already been thinking about offering a weight loss challenge for his members, and combining that with a fundraising effort to support one of his employees seemed like a perfect fit.

"It just gives people juice to keep coming back and going above and beyond what they might do," Snesrud said.

Each of the 16 people who signed up for the competition, which kicks off Feb. 15, paid $49 to participate. For their money they'll get increased access to personal trainers, nutrition information and more. They can call a trainer any time to get advice.

"The bottom line is we're going to make sure those people are better off long-term than they are now," Snesrud said. "We're going to walk closer, hand in hand with them."

Snesrud will also make the rounds to local businesses and ask them to donate money for every pound his competitors lose. By the time the competition is done March 31 he hopes to have raised $5,000 for the epilepsy foundation.

"It's just that much extra incentive," he said.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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