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.

Social support is key to success

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If you've ever tried to accomplish a "get healthy" goal, you'll know that it's often met with various road blocks. Getting a solid network of supports to help you along is a proven method to achieving success. At the start of the 2013 My Heart Challenge, our 15 contestants were asked to identify who their biggest supporters are who will help them along the path.​​​