Making sure you exercise and eat a balanced diet is one way to minimize your chances of developing heart disease. To help lower their chances, staff and former heart patients at CHI Saint Alexius are taking part in a treadmill challenge.
The Go Red challenge is in honor of Heart month and it pits CHI Saint Alexius in Bismarck against Sanford in Fargo and CHI Saint Josephs in Dickinson.
The aim of the challenge is to run the most miles in one day.
Bill Neumann is taking part in the challenge. He has suffered from a number of heart conditions.
"About 20 years ago I had a couple of heart attacks, the first one resulted in an angioplasty," said Neumann, heart attack survivor.
Neumann says this is a chance to give back and help his team win the challenge.
"I would probably say that cardiac rehab and the Human Performance Center saved my life and that was 20 years ago," said Neumann.
The challenge has been going on for five years.
"We are competing against some other hospitals here and then we will accumulate those miles and hopefully win our trophy back," said Judy Myers, CHI St. Alexius.
Bill says he was basically a couch potato for the first 50 years of his life and that was what brought the heart issues on. now he has some advice for people who are in the same situation.
"I would say get up and exercise. For me it's a simple equation; come to the gym or die," said Neumann.
Last year the winning total was 68 miles and CHI Saint Alexius hopes to beat it.