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Published January 13, 2011, 10:40 PM

UND Student Turns 70-Pound Weight Loss into Campus-Wide Campaign

A college student is sharing his struggles with weight loss, in hopes of helping others. And now UND is giving 21-year-old Jordan Bonstrom a platform so he can reach more of his peers.

A college student is sharing his struggles with weight loss, in hopes of helping others. And now UND is giving 21-year-old Jordan Bonstrom a platform so he can reach more of his peers.

Eating right and getting to the gym, these are things Jordan Bonstrom wants students to think about, because a few years ago, he never did.

"I didn't see an overweight person in the mirror like a lot of other people did. I was happy eating food and not working out," Bonstrom said.

Eating foods like entire bags of cookies in one sitting, then over two years ago, happy or not, at 250 pounds Jordan Bonstrom decided to make a change.

"I did have a few really good friends that were like, 'you look like you've lost a few pounds,'" Bonstrom said.

70 pounds!

Bonstrom says incorporating more fresh foods into his diet, and working out five to six days a week helped him lose the weight, but more importantly, gain a new philosophy.

"It's about a lot more than weight. It's about your whole general life. Eating healthy, exercising and not starving yourself," Bonstrom said.

He says this all started because he wanted to be a little healthier. Now, inadvertently, Jordan is a spokesman.

Bonstrom is now the face of the "Jordan Challenge."

"We knew his story and we wanted to highlight that as an inspiration to other students on campus," Marketing Coordinator for the UND Wellness Center Sarah Winger said.

It's a spring campaign from the UND wellness center. Students monitor their exercise and eating habits for months for points. There is incentive: the winner gets a free vacation.

"I managed to change to a healthier lifestyle and maybe encourage others to do the same," Bonstrom said.

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