February is the month to spoil your valentine. It’s also National Heart Month. To celebrate Utah Valley Regional Medical Center is challenging everyone to improve their heart health by taking the Community 100-Day Heart Challenge.
Because heart disease accounts for 600,000 deaths every year in the United States—that’s one in every four deaths—it’s important to take steps to keep your heart in good shape.
“Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in the United States,” said Jane Fox, Director of Heart Services at Utah Valley Regional. “We want people to know that many of the risk factors for heart disease can be lowered through lifestyle changes. The Community 100-Day Heart Challenge is a good way to motivate all of us to live a heart-healthy lifestyle and improve heart health. Small changes can make a big difference.”
[pullquote]100-Day Heart Challenge
- Sign-up through Feb. 23
- Challenge begins Feb. 24
- Site: 100dayheartchallenge
The hospital is asking everyone in the community to accept 1 of 5 heart challenges to improve their heart health over the next 100 days. Those who accept a challenge and report on their progress each week are eligible to win prizes like a 2-night stay at the Zermatt Resort in Midway, $50 Target gift cards and weekly movie ticket giveaways. Sign-ups are open now through Monday, February 23 at bit.ly/100dayheartchallenge. The challenge begins Tuesday, Feb. 24.
The challenges include:
(1) Keeping a food diary for 100 days
(2) Signing up for the hospital’s annual Race for Red, a 10K/5K run for heart disease prevention
(3) Eating half a plate of fruits and veggies for lunch and dinner five days a week for 100 days
(4) Taking 10,000 steps a day, five days a week for 100 days
(5) Getting a physical exam and talking to the doctor to set heart-healthy goals.
You can find all the information about the challenge and the prizes online at bit.ly/100dayheartchallenge. Looking for even more ways to live a healthy lifestyle? Go to intermountainlivewell.org for tips, recipes and more.