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

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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