Healthy eating and exercise goals of 6th annual Brussels Sprout Challenge

March 2, 2020

Challenging people to eat healthy and exercise is the goal of the 6th Annual Brussels Sprout Challenge, hosted by University Medical Center as part of the American Heart Association’s West Alabama Heart Walk scheduled for Saturday, March 7, in downtown Tuscaloosa.Start of Heart Walk

UMC is operated by The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences.

Partnering again with Manna Grocery and Deli in Tuscaloosa, which prepares and donates the Brussels sprouts served at the walk, UMC uses the challenge to promote 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.

Last year, nearly 600 people participated in the Brussels Sprout Challenge.

To complete the challenge, participants have to eat one Brussels sprout at each mile of the 3.1-mile walk. Those who complete the challenge by eating all three Brussels sprouts, which are roasted, will receive free prizes at the completion of the walk.

UMC also provides Brussels sprout recipes and information about the health benefits of Brussels sprouts, which include heart health and cancer protection.

The West Alabama Heart Walk begins at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and continues along the downtown river walk. Activities begin at 8 am and the walk and Brussels Sprout Challenge begin at 9 am.

The mission of UMC and CCHS is to improve and promote the health of individuals and communities in Alabama and the region.