Fourteen high school teachers are striving to become more heart healthy by competing in the Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) Heart Institute’s 2018 My Heart Challenge. It’s a 100-day contest to help them strengthen their heart health by improving lifestyles and reducing their risk of developing heart disease.
Megan Kline from IMC’s Heart Institute and two participating teachers, Pepper Poulsen from Bingham High School and Pace Gardner from Brighton High School, joined us to share the details and experience.
The teachers kicked off the contest in August when they officially weighed in during a pep rally style event. They heard from clinicians about the importance of becoming more heart healthy, as well as from a past My Heart Challenge winner on what to expect during the challenge.
Teachers have undergone health assessments and testing and those same tests will be repeated at the end of the challenge to measure their improvement. Activity by the teachers is tracked weekly. Teachers are awarded points for making enhancements in their health, as well as developing wellness and health programs to improve the overall health of students at their schools.
Shout out to the following educators participating in the 2018 My Heart Challenge:
- Kristina Kimble, Alta High School
- Pepper Poulsen, Bingham High School
- Pace Gardner, Brighton High School
- Mindy Wilder, Corner Canyon High School
- Nikki Dinas, East High School
- Dan McLay, Herriman High School
- Jordan Hulet, Hillcrest High School
- Nicole Manwaring, Jordan High School
- Bobbi Morgan, Judge Memorial Catholic High School
- Keeko Georgelas, Murray High School
- Robert Rooley, Riverton High School
- Julia O’Driscoll, Skyline High School
- Kevin Harward, Taylorsville High School
- Jenna Meeks, Ascent Academy.
For more information visit intermountainhealthcare.org.
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