The 2015 100-Day Heart Challenge contestants are improving their diets, adding in disciplined exercise and getting motivated to see who can improve their heart health the most. Each participant work with a partner who helps them stay on track. Everyone is competing to see who can improve their heart health the most in 100 days.
Kena Jo Mathews
Kena is from Orem, and is the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. Kena has dedicated her life to serving the underprivileged in our community. Kena enjoys Real Salt Lake games, spending time with her family, and serving on countless boards and committees. She has the biggest heart around and looks forward to turning it to pure muscle.
Tara was raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, but now calls Salem "home". She works for the City of Provo as the Property Coordinator and Ombudsman. Being an avid soccer fan, Tara has been a Real Salt Lake season ticket holder since they played at the Rice Eccles stadium. Tara enjoys movies, cycling on her Trek, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and spending time with family. She is looking forward to learning healthy eating habits and exercises that won't make her sore knees cry!
Laural's family moved all over the west when she was growing up, but she spent her high school years in Northern California. Laural attended BYU-Idaho and UVU, graduating in Graphic Design. She met her husband about seven years ago and were soon married. Laural worked as an office manager for a couple years, and is now at home with the kids - a 5 year old daughter, 4 year old son, and 8 month old son. When she's not chasing the kids or cleaning the house, her hobbies are voice lessons, piano, reading, and the occasional graphic design project.
Dave grew up in Orem, spending two years in Madagascar for a religious mission. He graduated from BYU with a Computer Science degree. He married his wife seven years ago, and they now have 3 kids, ages 5, 4, and 8 months. Dave is employed as a computer programmer and has worked at SecurityMetrics for six years. Besides family and work, his hobbies are volleyball, music, and reading.
Sarana is from American Samoa. She has a strong family history of diabetes and heart disease. As a mother of five and a wife to a diabetic, it's her hope to learn ways to change old habits and a lifestyle that will benefit herself and eventually her family.
Norma is from American Samoa. Her goal is to lose weight, to avoid diabetes, lower her high blood pressure and everything else that comes with being obese.
Kim lives in Spanish Fork and says she works all day at a desk and needs the motivation to get up and move. Her family loves to hike and she wants to continue to be able to keep up with her kids and grandkids. She is excited to begin this 100 day journey.
Tony is a 36 year old salesman, husband, and dad. He enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with his family. Tony lives in Spanish Fork and is looking forward to going back to a consistent active and healthy lifestyle.
Gale is from Denver, Colorado, and now works in the College of Life Sciences at BYU. She has four children, eight grandsons and three granddaughters. She applied to the 100-Day Heart Challenge to receive some support to change bad eating patterns and begin regular exercise patterns so she can lose weight and become stronger to enjoy a quality life with her family for many more years. She's grateful to have her husband as her partner.
Alan was born and raised in Yakima, Washington, and now works in Dining Service at BYU. He has six children and will soon have his ninth granddaughter. He is in his last year of a master's program and hopes to gain a better understanding of his own metabolism so he can practice good nutrition and health principles learned so he can continue serving his family, church, and community. He wants to be a good support to his wife, Gale.
Liz is from Provo, and is excited to be part of the heart challenge. She's a homemaker/taxi mom of six awesome kids. Kim says she has always battled her weight and wants to permanently change her ways and get on a better path to good health. She's also highly motivated to get in shape for an upcoming pioneer trek!
Melanie is a wife, mother of four, and elementary school teacher from Provo, Utah. She is excited for the opportunity to participate in the 100-Day Heart Challenge to help her establish healthy eating and exercise habits despite her busy schedule. She is looking forward to participating with her sister in the challenge.
Sally is from Pleasant Grove and wants to find out if changing environmental things in her life will outweigh genetics.
Callie is from Pleasant Grove. She says she's hoping this 100 day challenge will be the impetus she needs to get herself in better shape and live a healthier lifestyle. She says it's not getting any easier as she ages to get fit, so she need to turn things around NOW while she still can.
You may not be one of the 20 official heart challenge contestants, but you can still participate in the play-at-home version of the 100-Day Heart Challenge! Click the link below to get started.
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