Intermountain LiVe Well® includes dozens of programs at Intermountain hospitals and clinics—and in our communities—serving hundreds of thousands of people. It also includes digital resources through intermountainlivewell.org and social media channels seen by millions.
LiVe Well is not a diet. It’s not a boot camp. It’s not about the perfect body. It’s not about a quick fix, a band-aid, a fad. It’s a lifestyle, not a crash course. It’s about learning how to LiVe Well, be well, eat well, feel well, and move well.
One LiVe Well example: Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the 100-Day Heart Challenge program hosted by Utah Valley Hospital. A similar program, the My Heart Challenge, is sponsored each year by the Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center.
The Utah Valley 100-Day Heart Challenge addresses the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women. It focuses on three underlying causes of heart disease: poor diet and nutrition; lack of exercise; and poor stress management. Each year, at least 10 women and their partners are invited to improve their heart health, working with an assigned trainer and a registered dietitian.
Kena Mathews and Andrea Jensen participated in a special alumni edition of the 100-Day Heart Challenge in 2016. These women then served as mentors for new participants in the February 2017 heart challenge.
Kena, who won the heart challenge in 2015, lost 27 pounds at that time. In addition, her pre-diabetes symptoms ended, and her triglyceride and cholesterol levels dropped. She has continued her LiVe Well focus.
“I was overweight since I was a teenager, and it’s always been a really hard thing for me to be heavy,” says Kena. “It affected my life greatly, and now I’ve been able to lose 70 pounds. People notice. And I feel better, finally, after 45 years of not feeling well. My whole life has changed. I am able to do things I never thought I’d be able to do. My outlook on life is different.”