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Methodist Charlton’s Heart Healthy Program Challenges 100 Families to Get Fit

Methodist Charlton Heart of the Community Challenge

Last year, Cedar Hill ISD families participated in the
Methodist Charlton Heart of the Community Challenge.
This year, the challenge has been extended to
members of the entire community served by
Methodist Charlton.

Last year, Methodist Charlton Medical Center challenged families in Cedar Hill ISD to improve their health through the Heart of the Community Challenge program. This year, the program is expanding to include 100 households in the communities served by Methodist Charlton.

The Heart of the Community Challenge promotes heart disease education and prevention during a 16-week program that encourages the entire family to have fun while improving their overall health. Participants will receive free health screenings before and after the challenge. Biweekly in-person sessions will include healthy eating tips, cooking and fitness demonstrations, physician speakers, and prizes. The free program is open to all who want to participate.

Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE, says the program was so well-received last year they decided to give more families an opportunity to participate. “As a hospital serving the community, our goal is to combat the top three health risks in our service area -- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking -- with tools for prevention.” The Heart of the Community program is a broader initiative of Methodist Health System to provide programs and services that focus on taking care of the heart.

Last year’s Heart of the Community Challenge was filled with stories of success. Cedar Hill ISD student Casey Martinez shared how she lost weight during the challenge and how much she enjoyed preparing meals with her family. Dr. Chanda McGhee, director of Student Support and Community Services at Cedar Hill ISD, says, “We are thrilled that Methodist Charlton facilitated this program that will help families develop a healthier lifestyle.”

Online registration for Heart of the Community Challenge begins on Jan. 7 and ends when the 100th household is registered. To enroll, visit www.MethodistHealthSystem.org/CharltonHeartOfTheCommunity.

Note to editor: Photo available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/PRCharltonHeartChallenge.

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.   Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.


Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Lynette Wilkinson, APR



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