Live Healthy Iowa’s Dream Team is a special opportunity for Iowans to lose weight and improve wellness through social support, professional guidance and free fitness resources! Five individuals will win the chance to embark on their fitness journey with the support of Shawn Johnson, Dream Team captain and owner of Johnson’s Elite Training, motivating team members and a statewide following. The Dream Team will participate in Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge beginning Jan. 27 while sharing their journey with the state. The opportunity to fail does not exist on the Dream Team!

"Being on the Dream Team gave me the push to explore healthy eating options and exercise when I would normally just be sitting inside. I have lost significant weight and am in better shape than I have been for several years. I feel better and sleep better. I have made changes to my lifestyle that I can stick with and that my family is continuing to practice after the challenge," says member of the 2013 Dream Team.

The Dream Team will share their struggles, strategies and successes via social media throughout their journey. Team members will be provided with additional challenge resources such as support from team captain Shawn Johnson, pre and post health assessments, nutrition education, physical activity education, gym membership and a waived challenge fee. The team will be selected through an application and voting process.

"Accountability is key when the lack of motivation creeps in. I am dedicated to changing my life and lifestyle when it comes to diet and exercise. Live Healthy Iowa and the Dream Team were the tools I needed to get that jump start! I can’t thank you enough…," says another 2013 team member.

Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge encourages teams of two-10 Iowans to make positive lifestyle changes through tracking activity minutes and/or weight loss. Team members and the team captain inspire each other to go the extra mile while in friendly competition with other Iowa teams. Registration for the 10 Week Wellness Challenge will open on Dec. 16.

More information about the Dream Team and application materials are available now at Applications must be submitted by Nov. 18. Live Healthy Iowa will choose 10 applicants to be voted for by Live Healthy Iowa Facebook fans Dec. 1-7. The five applicants with the most votes at the end of the voting period will win a spot on the Dream Team.