Three-month Competition Will Award $1,000 to the Healthiest Salt Lake Valley Principal


Who is the heart healthiest school principal in the Salt Lake Valley? We’re about find out as 15 principals from schools throughout the valley gather on Thursday to kick off the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute’s 2013 My Heart Challenge contest.
The 2013 My Heart Challenge will kick off at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray with a heart-healthy breakfast, weigh-in and body-fat test.

Last year, 15 mayors and city leaders from throughout Salt Lake County participated in the inaugural My Heart Challenge. The objective is to help participants, their students and their communities improve their health by teaching them how to make positive lifestyle choices.
How the My Heart Challenge works:
The challenge officially kicks off on February 7 and concludes May 17. Participants will attend weekly nutrition classes and personal exercise consultations to improve their diet and exercise. They will also undergo baseline testing, including a treadmill stress test, blood lipid profile, blood pressure, glucose, body mass index and a written health risk assessment and then will repeat those tests at the end of the three-month challenge.
As the principals eat healthy, participate in cardio and strength activities, and plan and execute healthy activities for their school, they will earn points. At the celebration lunch on May 22, two $1,000 prizes will be given – one to the overall winner (based on points) and one to the most improved.
9 am, Thursday, February 7, 2013

Intermountain Medical Center
Education Auditorium (Building 6)
5121 S. Cottonwood Street – Murray
Participants include representation from Salt Lake City School District, Murray City School District, Granite School District, Jordan School District, Canyons School District and two private schools.

Christy Waddell, Butler Elementary, Cottonwood Heights
Brent Shaw, Canyon View Elementary, Cottonwood Heights
Nikki Ward, St. John the Baptist Elementary, Draper
Becky Gerber, Herriman Elementary, Herriman
Karen Chatterton, Cottonwood Elementary, Holladay
Mark Longe, St. Vincent de Paul School, Holladay
Sally Sansom, East Midvale Elementary, Midvale
Heather Nicholas, Horizon Elementary, Murray
Tracy Rose, Twin Peaks Elementary, Murray
Linda Richins, Clayton Middle School, Salt Lake City
John Erlacher, Newman Elementary, Salt Lake City
Ruth Peters, Peruvian Park Elementary, Sandy
Cecilia Jabakumar, Arcadia Elementary, Taylorsville
Diena Riddle, Hayden Peak Elementary, West Jordan