Happy New Year’s Eve South Dakota!
To help you celebrate saying good bye to 2012, we thought we would share a few of our favorite recipes.


Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Meatballs Recipe

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup chili sauce, divided
  • 1 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sugar apricot preserves


  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, Worcestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons chili sauce. Stir in the bread crumbs, onion, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Crumble turkey and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • Place on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  • In a large bowl, combine apricot preserves and remaining chili sauce. Add meatballs and toss gently. Place in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until glazed, stirring every 3 minutes. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts 1 meatball equals 42 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 179 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1/2 lean meat.
Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Sweet–n–Sassy-Meatballs


Sparkling Breakfast Punch

  •  3 cups orange juice, chilled
  • 2 cups pineapple juice, chilled
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 liter club soda, chilled

In a large bowl, combine orange juice, pineapple juice and pomegranate juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in ginger ale and club soda. Serve punch over ice.

Poinsettia Sipper

  • 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups water
  • Orange rind curls (optional)

Combine first 7 ingredients in a saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook 30 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks from pan with a slotted spoon. Serve warm or chilled. Garnish with orange rind curls, if desired.

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/


As we look forward to 2013, we are excited to be building a healthier South Dakota—one step at a time!

Have a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year!!


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What is the 2013 Pound Pledge?

December 28th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Want to learn more about the Be Well South Dakota 2013 Pound Pledge?  Our goal is to invite all South Dakotans to pledge to lose a total of 2013 pounds in the New Year.  Follow the steps below to join us:

  • – Go to www.bewellsouthdakota.com and click on the 2013 Pound Pledge badge at the top of the page.  Click on “enter survey” and follow the steps accordingly.  All information is kept confidential and there is no soliciting.
  •  OR….
  •  •  Go to our Be Well South Dakota Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/bewellsd) and click on the 2013 Pound Pledge icon.  Click on “enter survey” and follow the steps accordingly.  All information is kept confidential and there is no soliciting.
  • •   The program officially begins on January 1st.  Each week you will submit your progress by emailing Be Well South Dakota (info@bewellsouthdakota.com).  You will email your name along with your pounds lost, gained or maintained.
  • •  For every week that you submit your progress, you will be eligible for a $10 Subway gift card.
  • •  At the end of the 12 week program, for each week that you submitted your progress, your name will be entered into our grand prize drawing of a $200 Scheels gift card.
  • •  Be sure to check our website at www.bewellsouthdakota.com or on our Facebook page for health and wellness tips and information to assist you on your weight loss journey.

Congratulations on taking a step towards better health by joining the 2013 Pound Pledge and………..Be Well South Dakota!



Making Headlines: 619 Pounds Strong!

December 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Great job South Dakotans, we made the news! We have already pledged over 600 pounds to be lost by April 1st. The program will begin in just a few short days, we look forward to your participation and are excited to give out weekly Subway gift cards and a $200 Scheels gift card! Keep checking back for more tips and advice to assist you with your goal!


A Simple Plan

December 26th, 2012 | Posted by Jason Bortnem in Fitness | Jason's Posts | Lifestyles | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I did it. I made a public commitment to lose 20 pounds by April 1st. Now, that may sound excessive in that short of timeframe, but I have been in this position before and believe me, I have it to lose.  I know what I need to do, it’s the doing it part that has been difficult.

To start, I made a game plan. For instance, I am mapping out the month of January through March and filling in the days on my calendar with the times that I will be exercising. I block off the time on my calendar as I do with other commitments. I have replaced my lunch hours with circuit training, running and racquetball. We are so busy with the kids before and after work that the lunch hour proves to be the best time to fit in my exercise. I can usually fit everything in over my lunch hour. If I have a conflict, I just need to make sure that I make it up. Understanding what works with your schedule can be half the battle.

I am a big fan of not making things more complicated than they have to be.

Here is how I plan to lose the weight:

  • Exercise 6 days a week.
  • Eat fewer calories.


Monday = Circuit Training

Tuesday = Swim or Run or Walk (incline)

Wednesday = Circuit Training

Thursday = Racquetball or Swim

Friday = Lift and Spin

Saturday = 45 minute walk

Sunday = Day Off

When it comes to eating fewer calories, I know what I need to do and for me the key word is “half”.

Basically, I am going to take what I currently eat and cut that in half. I don’t do too badly when it comes to breakfast and lunch. However, when I get home…I eat like I am in a contest with first prize being life…it can be ridiculous.

Why have I not done this in the past you ask? Well, mainly because I was in denial that I could eat what I want as long as I exercised. That clearly doesn’t work for me anymore. I am also going to make sure that I have a couple snacks throughout the day, so I don’t feel starved when I get home at night. I will also be drinking lots of water.

I am confident my game plan will work. However, I will be checking in and keeping everyone posted as to my progress. Also, remember to pledge your pounds and Be Well South Dakota!!

What is your strategy? Please share your strategy in the comments section! Thank you!


We have big news! Join us to help South Dakota lose 2013 pounds and you could win!