Use It To Lose It

by Carla Perkins | Feb 27, 2013
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Summary:

Use It To Lose It would repurpose the Macy building and provide week long programs for nutrition education and intense physical training (as well as being a fun vacation) for Minnesota's obese and at-risk youth along with one adult family member. This retreat would house adults and children (monitored by trained staff) in separate areas for week long periods and provide friendly (or competitive) challenges against each other in nutrition education, exercise training, medical assessment and counseling for at-risk and overweight children and their families. On-site staff would include physical trainers, counselors, MDs as well as specialists in navigating the insurance issues involved to help pay for the necessary costs. This should be a fun yet potentially life-altering week or longer for family members to jump-start a healthier future for themselves and their children. People from around the world could view this as a model for lifestyle changes that provide a positive impact on their families and their communities. With the Mall of America being heralded as the shopping destination of North America, I believe St. Paul should be nationally, and internationally, known as the health destination for those who travel as well as (and in my opinion first and foremost) those of us who live here. Television programs make a fortune on those of us who want to lose weight or make better choices for our children and yet we need the extra help that Use It To Lose It would provide. At the end of this course I would like to see a positive self-esteem building exercise that would highlight the city for everything it offers;a high ropes course with zip line over the river or perhaps a night at a local restaurant or at the theatre in a newly purchased (rented?) dress from a downtown location or a well fitted suit for the gentlemen in the family. Include the downtown hair salons and clothing retailers so their businesses are also utilized.

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About You

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Carla

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Perkins

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Savage

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United States, MN, Scott County

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Jaimie Perkins-Sarafin, Robert Sarafin, Tawnia and Trevor Larson

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

My family volunteered at the light bright installation at Union Depot (which was amazing!) that we heard about from my sister who works in St. Paul.

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Title of your idea

Use It To Lose It

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Use It To Lose It would repurpose the Macy building and provide week long programs for nutrition education and intense physical training (as well as being a fun vacation) for Minnesota's obese and at-risk youth along with one adult family member. This retreat would house adults and children (monitored by trained staff) in separate areas for week long periods and provide friendly (or competitive) challenges against each other in nutrition education, exercise training, medical assessment and counseling for at-risk and overweight children and their families. On-site staff would include physical trainers, counselors, MDs as well as specialists in navigating the insurance issues involved to help pay for the necessary costs. This should be a fun yet potentially life-altering week or longer for family members to jump-start a healthier future for themselves and their children. People from around the world could view this as a model for lifestyle changes that provide a positive impact on their families and their communities. With the Mall of America being heralded as the shopping destination of North America, I believe St. Paul should be nationally, and internationally, known as the health destination for those who travel as well as (and in my opinion first and foremost) those of us who live here. Television programs make a fortune on those of us who want to lose weight or make better choices for our children and yet we need the extra help that Use It To Lose It would provide. At the end of this course I would like to see a positive self-esteem building exercise that would highlight the city for everything it offers;a high ropes course with zip line over the river or perhaps a night at a local restaurant or at the theatre in a newly purchased (rented?) dress from a downtown location or a well fitted suit for the gentlemen in the family. Include the downtown hair salons and clothing retailers so their businesses are also utilized.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

My idea is unexpected because it has a zip-line/high ropes course/gondola over the river from downtown St. Paul as part of the graduation celebration. Most of us realize that Americans are leading the way in heart disease and other ailments due to obesity. Let St. Paul be the City of Light and Hope for those of us who are willing to spend our hard earned vacation weeks to provide a new lease on life for our loved ones. A facility such as the one I am proposing would bring St. Paul and Minnesota into the forefront again as a medical pioneer, while bringing families together for the healthiest, most difficult yet amazing vacation imaginable. Plus, the kids I ran this idea past gave it two thumbs up.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Use It To Lose It will bring a new destination to downtown St. Paul for people seeking weight loss for their children and themselves. It will be a facility that relies heavily on the community to survive, such as restaurants serving Use It To Lose It choices and activities out on the town like the theater, not to mention the multi-functional use of the skyway system for exercise, reaching entertainment and educational hot-spots and reaching businesses around the city. This is our new reality. Our kids are overweight and obese. We need to create a positive change and I firmly believe that St. Paul, as our state's capital is the place to start.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

People will return to their communities with the tools necessary to create positive change for themselves, which will overflow into all aspects of their lives. This will also be such an amazing experience that it will become an annual vacation/rejuvenation spot for returning families who will in turn tell two friends, et cetera. People will plan their vacations around open availability at Use It To Lose It and will have additional family members and friends waiting in line for the opportunity to experience the health benefits for themselves. Restaurants will change menus to reflect the Use It To Lose It lifestyle. Retailers will have the opportunity to rent out evening wear for a night on the town, for those who want to experience all that St. Paul has to offer during their stay.

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