My Heart Challenge at its halfway point

Posted at 5:53 PM, Mar 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-20 22:33:21-04

HOLLADAY, Utah - Principals across the Wasatch Front are at the halfway point of a challenge to inspire fitness in students.

The Intermountain Healthcare My Heart Challenge challenges principals to become the most fit and inspire their students to do the same.

"They have so much influence over their school and families with their schools," said Meagan Kline, exercise physiologist at Intermountain Medical Center.

Mrs. Karen Chatterton, principal at Cottonwood Elementary School, says being in shape is part of her job.

"A principal job is very demanding and there's a lot of movement and being fit helps you get through the day without being so tired and stressed," Chatterton said.

And now Chatterton has even more motivation to get healthy. She is one of 15 principals competing for a top grade in health, a competition to see who can lose the most weight and earn the most points for incorporating health and wellness in their schools.

Kline says the principals' hard work is paying off as they reach the halfway point of the 100-day competition.

"They're doing awesome. They've exercised a total 230 hours combined, they lost 173 pounds and they're feeling better, they're noticing the differences," Kline said.

When the competition ends on May 7, the top two principals will win $1,000 each for their school.