DMU students, faculty & staff lose 996 pounds, donate 1182 food & care items to DMARC

April 26, 2010 —

The DMU Wellness team & DMARC staff

A recent 10-week health initiative at Des Moines University was a huge success. “Dump Your Plump” encouraged five workouts a week and asked participants to set a weight loss or maintenance goal. Twenty-three teams of six to 10 people participated and lost a grand total of 996.2 pounds.

“There isn’t another group in Des Moines more appropriate to take the lead on this health movement,” said Tim Lane from the Iowa Department of Public Health during his keynote at the Dump Your Plump (DYP) finale celebration.

To further round out the program’s success, participants were asked to bring non-perishable food items throughout the 10 weeks as part of an on-going relationship with the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) food pantries. The “Your Loss is Someone Else’s Gain” food drive culminated at the DYP finale with 1182 food and personal care items.

“We wanted to encourage an overall healthful attitude and giving to others fit right in as a mental and spiritual wellness component,” explained Shelby Herrick, DYP organizer.

To learn more about the DMARC food pantries, visit www.dmreligious.org.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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