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Lifestyle changes » Eleven mayors and city officials put their bodies to the test in the My Heart Challenge.

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"I learned staying in shape isn’t as hard as you think. There are a lot of little things you can do to stay in shape," he said.

Corroon started to pay attention to his calorie intake by using an application called livestrong.com.

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All together now

The mayors and city officials collectively lost 179 pounds.

Total cholesterol dropped by 14 points.

Triglycerides dropped by 40 points.

Blood pressure went down by 13 points systolic and 7 points diastolic.

Body fat dropped by 3 percent.

Waist circumference went down by 2.6 inches.

Source: www.myheartchallengeblog.wordpress.com

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"It doesn’t mean I can’t eat everything I want. I just have to eat less of it," he said.

Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall, who lost 13 pounds in the competition and 40 before it started, said it’s about balancing food intake with exercise.

"You don’t have to give up stuff," he said. "If you’re going to eat more calories, you have to exercise more, and it works."

Wall wants to tell people that putting out the energy to stay healthy is worth the effort.

"Once you get in the habit, you miss it when you don’t do it," he said. And after a total weight loss of more than 50 pounds, "I feel like I did when I was in my 20s. I feel so much better."

It’s all about the investment, said Murray Mayor Dan Snarr.

"We all look forward to a retirement because we think we’ll really be able to enjoy life," he said. "And you can if you’ve taken care of your health. Invest in your health."

By the end of the challenge, all of the competitors became healthier and happier.

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Take it day by day, they said.

"My message is that even one small change in your life can make a difference and once you make one small change, it’s easier to make another small change," Corroon said. "It all adds up."

Christensen agreed.

"You do your best and you start a little each day, each time you make just a little improvement," he said. "It’s really the consistency as much as the quantity."

But in the end, it’s all up to the individual.

"We are in charge of our lifestyle, and exercise and eating right does make a difference," said competition winner Hall. "It’s made a difference in my life."


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