Tips for Nutrition Success: The My Heart Challenge Play at Home Edition

By Kary Woodruff
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So you’re taking on the My Heart Challenge: Play at Home Edition. Good for you! During the next few months you will truly be able to see changes – you can lose weight, increase your fitness, improve your heart health, feel better and have better energy – it just takes time and consistency. Here is some advice for success to help you with your heart healthy goals.

Four Weight-training Exercises to Build Bone Density, Increase Muscle Strength, and Increase Cardio

By Meagan Kline
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Bone loss begins happening in women at age 20. Between the ages of 20 and 80, women can lose up to 1/3 of the bone mineral density in the hip. As our group of 15 Utah moms compete in the My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition, here are four exercises you can do at home to help building muscle strength, increase bone density and improve your cardio workout. 

Heart-healthy Recipe: Mexican Tortilla Soup

By Kary Woodruff
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Finding the right recipe is vital to healthy eating, because eating healthy shouldn't mean eating bland foods and "cardboard." Here is a great recipe I found from the Barefoot Contessa that I would like to share this week as part of the My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition. If you like Mexican food, you won't want to pass this recipe up!

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.​​​