Heart-healthy Recipe: Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

By Kary Woodruff
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Today is National Donut Day, so I thought it would be appropriate to share a great recipe for a heart-healthy sweet treat with the moms competing in the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute's My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition. At first thought, black beans and brownies aren't quite the combination you may have had in mind, but it's a recipe I think you'll be delighted with... just don't let your kids know there are beans in the brownies.

6 Kids Games that Burn More Calories than you Think

By Meagan Kline
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How many hours a week do you spend playing with your kids? While you may not have stopped to think about it, engaging in regular play includes many health benefits. Here are six activities you can play with your kids that will keep you active, burn calories and build family-time memories.

How to Choose the Right Cooking Oil for Better Heart Health

By Kary Woodruff
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If you read just about any food blog, you understand cooking oils can be quite controversial. Coconut oil seems to be the miracle food. Butter went out of fashion but now seems to be resurfacing. Margarine, on the other hand, came into fashion and now seems to be on the way out. So what to choose? Let’s break down the myths surrounding cooking oils.

3 tips to getting the most out of your workouts

By Meagan Kline
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There is no magic exercise.  It takes work getting in shape and getting healthy, but is it worth it?  Absolutely!  Exercise has been directly linked with a decrease in blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat, risk of disease, anxiety and depression.  It has also been linked with an increase in mood and sense of body!​

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.

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.​​​