March 30, 2017For the third straight year, UA’s College of Community Health Sciences hosted the Brussels Sprout Challenge during the American Heart Association West Alabama Heart Walk on March 25. The College and its University Medical Center partnered with Manna Grocery and Deli in Tuscaloosa to roast and serve Brussels sprouts at the walk, which began at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and continued along the downtown river walk. More than 900 Brussels sprouts were distributed at the challenge. To complete the Brussels Sprout Challenge, participants had to eat one roasted Brussels sprout at each mile marker of the 3.1 mile walk. Those who completed the challenge by eating all three Brussels sprouts were awarded a T-shirt at the end of the walk. The College also provided handouts about the health benefits of Brussels sprouts, which include heart health and cancer protection, as well as Brussels sprout recipes. The goal of the Brussels Sprout Challenge is to offer a challenge that promotes healthy lifestyle choices – a healthy diet and exercise – while complementing the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. The mission of the College is to improve and promote the health of individuals and communities in Alabama and the region.