Fifteen firefighters from around Salt Lake County are competing in the 2014 My Heart Challenge, which provides an opportunity for them to improve their heart health by making positive lifestyle choices, including diet and exercise.
During the three month challenge, 15 firefighters will be working with a dietitian, exercise trainer and others to help them identify the areas they need to improve and providing guidance on how to do that.
Follow along with their journey, and get some tips on how to eat better and exercise right by visiting the My Heart Challenge blog.
History of the My Heart Challenge
- In 2013, 15 elementary school principals fought to be at the head of their class by making positive changes to their nutrition and exercise routines. They were amazing examples for all of their students.
- In 2012, mayors and community leaders stepped up to the 100-day challenge during the My Heart Challenge’s inaugural year.
The success of those two 100-day challenges launched the challenge into its third year with yet another group of participants – fire fighters from around Salt Lake County.
The 2014 My Heart Challenge
This year's My Heart Challenge launched on March 13, 2014. It concludes with the announcement of the winner at an awards ceremony on June 25, 2014.
The Goal of the Challenge
The goal of the 2014 My Heart Challenge is to help the contestants from the Salt Lake Valley improve their heart health, while allowing them to serve as motivational role models to their colleagues and others in the community.
How the Winner Is Chosen
The winner is decided by calculating improvements in health information, such as weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, etc., which is collected at the start and conclusion of the 100-day challenge. The contestant with the most improved score is declared the winner.
Each contestant will be required to submit a weekly journal of activities. The information from the journals will be shared with anyone from the public who is interested in tracking the healthy decisions or challenges of the 2014 participants.