Last Call: Are you at risk for heart disease? Sign up to become a BetterU!

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Deadline is June 19 for the American Heart Association free 13-week BetterU challenge.

Heather Bishop from WZID on taking the BetterU Challenge.

MANCHESTER, NH – It’s extreme makeover time: heart edition. The American Heart Association announced today that they are seeking applicants for the fourth round of the Go Red BetterU Makeover Challenge.

BetterU is the American Heart Association’s 13-week nutrition and fitness program that can make over your heart. Each week focuses on a different area of health and provides step-by-step guidance, challenges and goals. More than one hundred participants have graduated from the program including Heather Bishop from WZID and Matt Mowery of BusinessNH Magazine.

The program is sponsored by Catholic Medical Center and is delivered through the GENAVIX Wellness Network’s 90 Day Commit To Get Fit program.

“The partnership between the Genavix Wellness Network and the American Heart Association has been very natural.  Both organizations share the common goal to improve the overall well-being of individuals and families within our community,” said Tricia Benton, Master Genavix Wellness Coach and Co-owner of The Executive Health & Sports Center. “We share an ambition to educate individuals in the Greater Manchester area to develop and implement strategies to reduce risk factors for disease and promote better health.”

Screenshot 2015-05-28 at 9.47.36 PMA committee will choose applicants based on a variety of criteria. The participants will experience a 13-week heart-healthy makeover with a free membership package to the Executive Health & Sports Club. Each participant will take part in an initial wellness screening where height, weight, inches, blood pressure, cholesterol, HDL/LDL, triglycerides, body mass index, and blood glucose will be measured. Those same numbers will be measured at the end of the 13-week challenge and the women will be revealed at the Go Red for Women Luncheon on Thursday, October 15.

“It can be hard to make lifestyle changes on your own,” said Donna Dubuc, CMC’s Go Red for Women sponsorship spokesperson. “Many women have tried other approaches and been unable to achieve lasting changes in behavior and thinking. CMC is underwriting the BetterU challenge because it offers a combination of education, structure and support.  We want women to join us for this program because we think it will make a difference.”

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. The BetterU Challenge not only encourages women to live a healthier lifestyle, it raises awareness about the importance of heart health. The application is available at The deadline to apply is June 19.

Go Red For Women is part of the American Heart Association’s solution to help save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer, which is largely preventable., a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into lifesaving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

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Journalist and editor of, a hyperlocal news and information site for Manchester, NH.