By: Hollie Hojek email@example.com Kaitlyn Bourn is spending her Memorial Day Weekend making a splash at AquaVenutre water park in Norfolk, Nebraska. "You just play around here, you play in the waterMore>>
AquaVenture Water Park Opens Up in Norfolk, Nebraska. More>>
By: Hollie Hojek firstname.lastname@example.org For the 3rd Memorial Day Weekend in a row, the Girls of '68 celebrated and shared part of Sioux City's rich history. The local organization dedicated to keeping SiouxMore>>
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By: Diana Johnsen email@example.com On Saturday, at Wal-Mart and the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City, the Sioux City Police Department helped parents create "children identification kits". TheMore>>
On Saturday, at Wal-Mart and the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City, the Sioux City Police Department helped parents create "children identification kits". More>>
By: Diana Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org On your mark…get set...paddle! About 130 kayakers took to the Missouri River in the "3rd Annual South Dakota Kayak Challenge" on Saturday. "It's an opportunityMore>>
About 130 kayakers took to the Missouri River in the "3rd Annual South Dakota Kayak Challenge" on Saturday.More>>
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By: Tim Seaman firstname.lastname@example.org On Thursday, a pretty cool relay put on by law enforcement officers from across the state ran through central Iowa for the Special Olympics Torch Run. The event helpsMore>>
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By: Channel 9 Eyewitness News (AP) About 110,300 South Dakotans are expected to travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a slight decline from last year. AAA says that mirrors an expected dropMore>>
About 110,300 South Dakotans are expected to travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a slight decline from last year.More>>
By: Channel 9 Eyewitness News (AP) Nebraska students showed improvement in this year's statewide writing proficiency test. Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed announced Friday that 66 percentMore>>
Nebraska students showed improvement in this year's statewide writing proficiency test.
Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed announced Friday that 66 percent of 8th graders met or exceeded state standards, a 2 percent increase over the previous year.More>>
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By: Scott Larson firstname.lastname@example.org How comfortable do you feel strolling the streets in Sioux City? That's a question that the Blue Zones Project is asking. And today they brought in an expert toMore>>
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute's Dan Burden assists Sioux City & Blue Zones Project with working out more pedestrian friendly roads.More>>
67-year old Suzanne Juarez has been struggling with her weight all her life. Growing up, she's always had a sweet tooth.
But her love for sweets turned into something so much more-it became an addiction.
"I was raised where there was always a treat on the counter, there was always cake and cookies in the cookie jar." said Juarez.
For the past 55-years Suzanne has tried everything from weight loss programs to reading books on how to shed body fat. But nothing ever worked, until she reached a breaking point.
"I couldn't give myself insulin shots and when the doctor said it was all something I was putting in my mouth, that I could possibly change that, and he said I'm giving you three more months and you've got to go on insulin or find another doctor."
But it wasn't that easy. Diabetes runs through Suzanne's family. Both her parents and three of her siblings died from the disease, and from other health complications due to their heavy weight.
She hit a high of 400-pounds at one point, but Suzanne knew she had to turn her life around.
Thanks to consistent exercise, portion control, joining a great weight loss support group that works for her called TOPS in Storm Lake and by breaking up with her unhealthy relationship with sugar...She was able to stick to her new years resolution by losing a hundred pounds.
And so she did. Twice.
"What a terrible time that was when I couldn't put my own shoes and socks on, what a terrible time it was when I couldn't take care of myself...I'm going oh, your one step from going either the nursing home or the cemetery, what are you doing to yourself?"
Suzanne is now down to 150-pounds and hopes to lose five more to reach her goal of 145, and most importantly, to keep it all off.