“The 40-year-old rural Colfax man started modifying his diet in January, and a month later he began the first week of FIT Responders, a free three-phase, 18-week program designed to help those who save lives improve their own. Since then, Knutson - whose wife, Pam, also is participating - has added muscle, lowered his blood pressure and lost more than 60 pounds. ‘To see the progress Don has made has been phenomenal,’ said Michelle Benson, manager of Anytime Fitness in Colfax. She also is proud of the progress of the other 10 area emergency responders and three of their spouses enrolled in the program. ‘The merits of exercise - from preventing chronic health conditions to boosting confidence and self-esteem are hard to ignore’ said Tami Phillips, owner of Anytime Fitness. Just ask Knutson. ‘I know I'm healthier than I was a few months ago,’ he said. When Anytime Fitness began its quest for initiating a goodwill fitness program, Phillips and her staff wanted to choose a program that would involve - and give back - to the community, and area emergency medical technicians and firefighters came to mind. ‘(These) are ... men and women who are continually dedicated to the safety and health of our citizens,’ Phillps said."