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.​​​

Your heart is a muscle - Exercise it

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The heart is a muscle just like our biceps and quadriceps.  We need to exercise these muscles daily to stay healthy and strong.  So, what is the difference?  How do we keep our hearts healthy?​​ Learn how many minutes of cardio exercise you need each week, and what level of intensity you should shoot for.

Herriman principal initiates Walking Wednesday

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Herriman Elementary Principal Becky Gerber is working hard to win the My Heart Challenge. But she's also finding ways to motivate her students to get active. Walking Wednesdays has become a tradition at her school, and the students look forward to following her around the quarter-mile track during their lunch recess. Watch and learn why these kids think that Walking Wednesday Rocks!

Walking is a heart-healthy activity

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Getting out of your office for even a few minutes to go walking is a great way to get your heart pumping. Principal John Erlacher, Newman Elementary School, has decided to go walking with his students just before lunch every school day. It gets him, and his students, making active and healthy choices on a daily basis, and helps everyone get more heart healthy. See how excited the kids are to walk with their principal in this short video.

How these principals engage their support system

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Three weeks into the My Heart Challenge and our contestants are working hard. Last week we asked them to share the members of their support team, and this week we asked them how they are receiving support from their team. Support can come in many different forms - from joining them at the gym to withholding a chocolatey treat. See how these principals are finding support, and take a few pointers on how you can engage your support system.​

Simple exercises for stronger abs

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There are a lot of DVDs out there with the latest and greatest workout, hosted by some famous person. But as part of the My Heart Challenge, contestants are provided with customized exercise routines from some of our experts at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center. Check out these simple ab exercises.​