American Heart Association recognizes 2012 Lifestyle Change Award Winner

American Heart Association recognizes 2012 Lifestyle Change Award Winner

American Heart Association recognizes 2012 Lifestyle Change Award Winner

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by American Heart Association

KING5.com

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 6 at 10:40 AM

Jeff Crawford is living proof that small changes can make a big difference.

Last July, while mending a fence Jeff Crawford was overwhelmed with exhaustion. At only 45 years old, this Suquamish resident didn’t know he was at risk. His young son said ‘call mom’ but, thankfully, Jeff dialed 911 instead. By the time his ambulance reached Harrison Medical Center; Jeff was just moments away from a heart attack.

“I remember very vividly, as I was about to undergo surgery, my doctor explaining that whether I wanted it or not, my life was going to be very different.”

With the help of Harrison’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, Jeff is now on the road to a healthy future.  “The cardiac rehab team keeps me on track with a monitored exercise plan that is customized just for me. I learned that there’s no magic pill.  You have to move.  Not running marathons, just put one foot in front of the other.”

The American Heart Association, in partnership with Harrison Medical Center, is now seeking nominations for the annual Lifestyle Change Awards celebrated at the Heart Walk. The goal is to honor the accomplishments of individuals such as Jeff who have made significant strides to change their way of life.

At Harrison Medical Center, we encourage our employees and fellow community members to live healthier, active lifestyles.  This is accomplished with our healthcare services, our support of many community events and also with our wellness-focused employee program, FreshStart.  Our support of the Lifestyle Change Awards is an extension of this dedication and an expression of our commitment to the health of the communities where we live and work.

The Lifestyle Change Awards is a great opportunity to recognize a friend, family member or co-worker who has made positive changes to improve their quality of life and health, and influenced those around them to do the same.  No change is too small; every accomplishment is significant and should be celebrated! Is there somebody in your life who has made a lifestyle change and deserves to be recognized? Submit a nomination for the 2012 Lifestyle change Awards at www.pugetsoundheartwalk.org.

The Puget Sound Heart Walk will be held Saturday, October 20 at Seattle Center. Form your community or corporate team today at www.pugetsoundheartwalk.org.


 

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