My Heart Challenge Contestant Finds Motivation and Success

By Jason M Carlton
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One of the 25 My Heart Challenge: Play at Home contestants shared two updates with us in the past week. The first expressed her thoughts and motivations in signing up for the challenge, while the second shared a success she had this past weekend. It's a great story and I hope you'll enjoy reading about her journey to better health.

Butler Elementary students join principal in jumping rope

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Every Monday at recess, Butler Elementary principal Christy Waddell brings a bag of jump ropes outside and invites students to join her in a heart-healthy activity. As part of the My Heart Challenge, she enjoys the opportunity to be active and influence her students in healthy ways. Watch the mad skills of these students in jumping rope.

How to Get Started with Your Own Exercise Plan

By Meagan Kline
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One of the most frequent questions I get asked when as I work with patients to set up an exercise plan is "How do I get started?" Here are some helpful tips I've given to the 15 Utah moms competing in the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute's My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition that will help you get FITT!

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.

4 Exercises for Your Next Trip to the Playground

By Meagan Kline
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As the weather warms up, and you spend more time outside (like at the playground with your kids) – there’s no excuse to not boost your own activity!  Here are a few exercises that can keep you fit and busy at the playground while your kids run and play, too.