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April 2014

The Secret to Enjoying Exercise: Find Something you Like

By Jason M Carlton
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During one of the weekly reports submitted by the My Heart Challenge: Play at Home Edition contestants, one woman elaborated on a question asking for any advice they would offer other people who want to become more healthy. She shared some great advice that has worked well for her, and it has applicability to everyone else as well. 

9 Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer

By Tawnya Bowles MD
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I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on ABC4's 4pm news talking about skin cancer prevention and treatment. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share nine tips that will help you reduce your risk of developing skin cancer - after all, Utah has one of the highest rate of skin cancer cases in the nation. Yikes!

Find the Healthy Option at Fast Food Restaurants

By Kary Woodruff
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Americans are notorious for eating at fast food restaurants. The 15 firefighters competing in the My Heart Challenge are no exception. They never really know what their shift entails, or when they can grab their next meal - so they often find themselves grabbing food from a fast food place like McDonalds. I've put together a little visual to help you see that even places like McDonalds have healthy options. 

Arm and Shoulder Exercises with Minimal Equipment

By Meagan Kline
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In case you didn't know... you don't have to go to the gym to build your arm and shoulder muscles. You can actually do some pretty simple exercises at home, using minimal equipment, to help strengthen your triceps and shoulder muscles. Check out these simple exercises and add them to your next exercise routine. 

Body Mass Index May Predict Heart Disease Risk For Type-2 Diabetic Patients New Study Finds

By J. Brent Muhlestein
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Researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, in collaboration with researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health, have discovered a simple way to further predict a diabetic patient’s risk for heart disease: by measuring their body mass index or BMI.

Make Meals a Family Event

By Kary Woodruff
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Do you have a picky eater at home? Or maybe multiple picky eaters? That makes it challenging to get the right types of foods to make your meals heart healthy. As I meet with the My Heart Challenge contestants individually, I am working with them to make healthier eating a family event. Here are some of the tips I've provided to them, and think can apply to almost any household or setting.