Next Monday is the official start to the American Heart Association's BetterU makeover. The BetterU makeover is a twelve week self-guided course to become heart healthy. It's called a make-over because that's exactly what it is. It's meant to make-over your daily habits so that you are more aware of choices you make and educated on steps to improve your health. You can be as aggressive about the program as you chose. The makeover is not about losing a whole bunch of weight and spending three hours a day at the gym. Instead, it's about making changes in your life that will help improve your heart health. For you, this may mean making healthier food choices. And for others, it may mean incorporating physical activity into our weekly routine, whether it's a 20 minute walk or time in the gym.
The course lasts 12 weeks and is done on-line through the AHA's web-site. If you prefer, you can print out your 12 week guide and do it that way. Although the program is meant to last 12 weeks, you may stretch it out longer if you need more time to complete a week. You can also return to a previous week if you need to.
Below are a few quick steps taken from the registration process that summarizes how to get started and what you can expect as you begin the course.
To sign up, go to this link. You'll be asked to register and registration takes a few quick minutes. Choose a Monday you want to start the program on. On that selected day, you'll receive a reminder with a link to your first Go Red BetterU course.
Come up with your goal for the 12-week program. What behavior(s) you want to change in the next 12 weeks? What do you want to gain from becoming a BetterU? Pick a day and time each week that you will take 30 to 60 minutes to review the course and set weekly goals.
Encourage your female friends and family members to join the BetterU. Having a network of family and friends that encourage and support your lifestyle changes is key to your success. By recruiting others to better themselves, you will not only help them prevent heart disease and stroke, but also help yourself by building a support team with similar goals.
We want all of our readers and friends to join us the next 12 weeks to become a BetterU. Will you join us? Will you register? We know you will.
Good Luck! We can’t wait to see the BetterU!