Wednesday, February 11, 2009


More than a thousand people have signed up for Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien's "Your Heart Is In Your Hands" initiative, a 12-week web-based challenge to eat healthier and move more.

Lt. Gov. O'Brien unveiled the challenge in early January to help promote the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes and improve the health and well being of Coloradans.

"It's wonderful to see this kind of response to the challenge," said Lt. Gov. O'Brien.  "We've had so many phone calls from people who are excited to be a part of the program. Just small changes in our lives can mean big health gains."

Participants in Your Heart is in Your Hands earn fitness points by doing everyday activities like walking or shoveling snow. Additionally, participants can use the challenge to meet and manage their personal nutrition goals. At the end of the 12 week period, each person who meets the point goals receives a medal. The program is free and available at under the health and wellness button. (Look for the "Your Heart Is In Your Hands" logo.)

The 12 week program is self-directed and starts whenever the participant registers. So far, participants have logged 481,600 minutes in physical activity toward their individual goals.  

Your Heart Is In Your Hands is presented in conjunction with partner organizations, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, America On The Move and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.  It is also supported by AstraZeneca and Kaiser Permanente.