Firefighters to tackle heart health challenge

Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 1:10 p.m. MDT

15 firefighters from seven Salt Lake Valley fire agencies kick off the 2014 My Heart Challenge at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

MURRAY — Firefighters who sacrifice their time to save lives and keep people save are now taking steps to improve their own lives.

The Salt Lake County firefighters kicked off the 100-day My Heart Challenge on Thursday at Intermountain Medical Center. The challenge, which is sponsored by the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, is designed to help the firefighters enhance their heart health and reduce their risk of heart attack and heart disease.

Firefighters will work with exercise specialists, dietitians and heart experts from the institute to develop plans to make healthy changes to their lifestyles. Firefighters were given a comprehensive set of heart tests at the beginning of the challenge to establish a baseline. The same tests will be repeated at the end of the 14 weeks so that firefighters can measure their personal progress.

Winners will receive $1,000 to use toward purchasing wellness equipment for his or her fire station.

Firefighters from Murray, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Salt Lake, West Jordan, West Valley City and Unified Fire are participating.

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