February 28, 2018University Medical Center, which is operated by UA’s College of Community Health Sciences, will host its fourth annual Brussels Sprout Challenge during the American Heart Association West Alabama Heart Walk on March 3. Partnering again with Manna Grocery and Deli in Tuscaloosa, which roasts and donates the Brussels sprouts served at the walk, University Medical Center 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. More than 900 Brussels sprouts were distributed at last year’s challenge. To complete the Brussels Sprout Challenge, participants have to eat one roasted Brussels sprout at each mile marker of the 3.1-mile walk. Those who complete the challenge by eating all three Brussels sprouts are awarded a T-shirt at the end of the walk. University Medical Center also provides handouts about the health benefits of Brussels sprouts, which include heart health and cancer protection, as well as Brussels sprout recipes. The West Alabama Heart Walk begins at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and continues along the downtown river walk. Registration begins at 8 am and the walk begins at 9 am. The mission of University Medical Center and the College of Community Health Sciences is to improve and promote the health of individuals and communities in Alabama and the region.