posted on Monday, January 7, 2019

Van Harden will tell inspirational story of personal transformation

Radio personality Van Harden will share the story of his personal health transformation with honorees and attendees at the Healthiest State Annual Awards on Feb. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines.

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Harden, longtime co-host of popular WHO Radio show “Van & Bonnie in the Morning,” lost more than 100 pounds over an eight-month time period in 2015 and 2016 through regular exercise and an improved diet.


“Many Iowans want to be healthier but don’t know where to start. Van’s story is relatable, inspirational and we’re excited for him to share it at the Annual Awards,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative. “It’s less about the weight he lost and more about what he gained by living a healthier lifestyle.”

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Since 2016, Harden has maintained his weight loss and encouraged listeners to join him at monthly “Walk with Van” events in Des Moines. He wrote a book about his weight-loss experience, “How You Look and How You Feel: Personal Transformation,” which will be available for purchase at the event.

The Healthiest State Annual Awards are open to the public and tickets to the event are on sale now at Tickets are $25 for individuals or $190 for a table of eight and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres.


Finalists in each category (education, worksite, individual and community) will be announced in mid-January with the winners being revealed at the event on Feb. 7. Each winner will receive a monetary prize to continue their health and wellness efforts. The Healthiest State Awards are sponsored by Hy-Vee, Inc. and Wellmark Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®.