How to Get Started with Your Own Exercise Plan

By Meagan Kline

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!

Heart-healthy Change is a Life-long Roller Coaster Ride: Enjoy the Journey

By Jason M Carlton

Making heart-healthy changes in your life isn’t always easy. It can be a roller coaster ride throughout your life. Some Utah moms have been competing in a 100-day challenge to improve their heart health, and with two weeks to go, they sum up what their experience has been like.  

Utah Mom Completes 14 Hikes in 100 Days to Improve Her Heart Health

By Jason M Carlton

Hiking is a great way to get outdoors, stay active, and keep (or regain) a healthy and happy heart. Heather Lee, one of 15 moms competing to be more heart healthy, set a personal goal and was excited to have recently completed it. Here's her story. 

Utah Mom Gives Herself the Okay to Achieve Better Health; Competes in the My Heart Challenge

By Jason M Carlton

Candy Keefer is one of 15 Utah moms fighting for better heart health in 100 days. For each of the women, it was a journey of varying degrees. Candy shares how she gave herself permission to walk (or go slow) on her journey to better health.

How to Control Your High Blood Pressure

By Intermountain Healthcare

High blood pressure affects one in three adults. However, many don’t know they have it because symptoms usually don’t manifest until the condition becomes severe, giving high blood pressure the name “silent killer.”


Blood pressure is the force at which blood presses against artery walls, moving the blood through your body. High blood pressure is defined as being above 140/90, and it has negative health effects that can become serious. It damages artery walls by hardening and weakening them, encouraging plaque to build up. It can weaken and enlarge the heart by making it do more work. High blood pressure also puts people at serious risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and diabetes, contributing to almost 1,000 deaths each day.