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Weitz Co. executive prioritizes mental health as chair of Heart Challenge


Mike Tousley, executive vice president and general manager of the Weitz Co.’s Iowa Business Unit, plans to make mental health and well-being the focus of his time as chairperson of the 2022-23 Heart Challenge, sponsored by the American Heart Association. The Heart Challenge is a set of initiatives designed to help companies positively influence employee health and well-being. “Since pandemic-induced stress isn’t going away anytime soon, it’s more important now than ever that we prioritize our mental health,” Tousley said in a prepared statement. “At a time when many Americans face uncertainty about the future, health fears and financial distress, it’s vital that we take care of ourselves. Physical activity is one of the best ways to keep our bodies and our minds healthy.” The Heart Challenge campaign includes CycleNation, a high-energy stationary cycling event that will be held Oct. 6 at the Ankeny Town Square, and Heart Walk, a 1-mile or 3-mile group walk to boost physical and mental health, scheduled for May 6 at the Iowa Capitol.

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