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.

Challenges of changing to a healthier lifestyle

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Many people make New Years Resolutions, but not many of them are able to carry them throughout the year for one reason or another. The challenges people face when trying to make those healthier choices can sometimes put the brakes on success. But as the My Heart Challenge participants reported in this week, they shared their biggest challenge with the competition so far. We have complete faith in the 15 school principals and their ability to overcome their challenges - because they have great support from students, faculty, staff, family and friends. 

Your heart is a muscle - Exercise it

By Meagan Kline
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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.

5 Heart Numbers Everyone Should Know

By John D Day MD
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People do not realize how important their health is until they lose it. The key is to first get educated and then to take action. As a cardiologist at the Intermountain Heart Institute, I see many patients who don’t realize they can control certain factors of heart disease. At least 75% of heart conditions are totally preventable! Here are five numbers that everyone should know and work to maintain the recommended goals.

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.​