Start the week off with a healthy snack

By Kary Woodruff
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What type of snacks would you find in your breakroom at work? Would it be cookies? Crackers? A bowl of candy? One principal has committed to leaving a bowl of fruit in her school's breakroom each Monday so the teachers can start their week off right. Here's another tip for eating more heart-healthy.

My Heart Challenge Contestant Finds Motivation and Success

By Jason M Carlton
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One of the 25 My Heart Challenge: Play at Home contestants shared two updates with us in the past week. The first expressed her thoughts and motivations in signing up for the challenge, while the second shared a success she had this past weekend. It's a great story and I hope you'll enjoy reading about her journey to better health.

Butler Elementary students join principal in jumping rope

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Every Monday at recess, Butler Elementary principal Christy Waddell brings a bag of jump ropes outside and invites students to join her in a heart-healthy activity. As part of the My Heart Challenge, she enjoys the opportunity to be active and influence her students in healthy ways. Watch the mad skills of these students in jumping rope.

Principals offer advice to motivate families

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Making changes to your daily activities and diet can seem like a pretty daunting task. But 15 school principals are five weeks into the My Heart Challenge and have found that when you actually do it, it isn't as hard as it seemed at the beginning. This week they offer advice to families to help motivate them to make the changes to live a healthier lifestyle.

What is Heart Failure?

By Kismet Rasmusson

I thought we would start out with information to help you better understand what it means to have heart failure. Essentially, heart failure is a syndrome that occurs when the heart is either stiff, or weak. When either condition is present, symptoms develop that include fluid retention, shortness of breath, cough, activity intolerance and/or fatigue. Heart failure is diagnosed with imaging tests of the heart.