Exercise and Healthy Eating Promoted at Brussels Sprout Challenge

March 27, 2020

Hundreds of walkers participated in University Medical Center’s 6th Annual Brussels Sprout Challenge March 7, eating one roasted sprout at each mile of the 3.1-mile walk and helping to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

UMC, which is operated by the College of Community Health Sciences, again offered the Brussels Sprout Challenge in partnership with the American Heart Association’s West Alabama Heart Walk and Manna Grocery and Deli in Tuscaloosa.

UMC has incorporated the challenge into the Heart Walk to encourage healthy eating, along with exercise, which also supports the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. Manna Grocery and Deli prepares and donates the Brussels sprouts served at the walk. Brussels sprouts have high levels of nutrients and provide numerous health benefits.

More than 500 people participated in this year’s Brussels Sprout Challenge. Those who completed the challenge received a lunch bag and water bottle, as well as Brussels sprouts recipes and information about the health benefits of Brussels sprouts, which include heart health and cancer protection.

The West Alabama Heart Walk began at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and continued along the downtown Riverwalk.

UMC, the largest multi-specialty medical practice in West Alabama, has locations in Tuscaloosa, Northport and Demopolis. It’s mission, and that of the College, is to improve and promote the health of individuals and communities in Alabama and the region.