Tara Haakonson thought she was healthier than she'd ever been. In her freshman year at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the St. Cloud-area native was doing all the right things. She worked out obsessively, and her diet was heavy on fruits and vegetables. She entirely eschewed processed foods and fast foods. She started out with a goal of 1,200 calories per day, but that decreased to between 900 and 1,000, said Haakonson, now 24. "Now" is seven years later, and she knows that level is "not sustainable. It's not nearly enough to keep your body healthy."
NETT LAKE, Minn. — When she was a medical school student at the University of North Dakota, Shanna Landgren came home to the Bois Forte reservation on as many weekends as possible. “That was my reprieve,” she recalled. “I would come home. I would go hunting with my dad. I’d go fishing with my dad and my brothers. My kayak was at my parents’ house. My canoe was there. That’s the stuff that kept me grounded. That’s the stuff I grew up with.”