15 Firefighters compete for better heart health

By Jess Gomez
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They battle fires, save lives and make our communities safe. Now, 15 firefighters from seven Salt Lake County fire agencies will be put to the ultimate test: A three-month challenge to see who can make the most improvements in their heart health and win the 2014 My Heart Challenge.

Busy Utah Mom Sets Sights on Better Heart Health

By Jason M Carlton
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Heather Lee is one of 15 busy Utah moms competing to be more fit and healthy at the end of 100 days. Less than two weeks into the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute's My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition, she has already put her feet to the pavement and run her first 5k in more than four years. Read what she has to say about embarking on the road to better health. 

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.​​​