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From My Heart to Yours

From My Heart to Yours

by Gubby Barlow, president and CEO, Premera Blue Cross

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 11:20 AM


2013 South Sound Heart and Stroke Walk
Saturday, October 5
Cheney Stadium, 9:00am
Emcee: KING 5's Tracy Taylor


2013 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk
Saturday, October 26
Seattle Center, 9:00am
Emcee: KING 5's Rich Marriott


Heart disease and stroke are among the greatest health threats Americans face, currently the first and fourth most common causes of death.

I am involved with the American Heart Association because I have seen the devastating effects of heart disease and strokes on close friends. Premera Blue Cross is proud to support the AHA to continually raise awareness of the dramatic impact that heart disease and stroke has right here in our community. I am chairing this year’s Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk because I want to support research, help embrace a culture of health in our places of employment, and make a healthy difference in our communities.

Beyond my personal commitment, Premera is committed to helping our members and those in our community achieve their overall goals of better health. With this in mind, we continue to offer and further develop tips, tools, recipes, and resources to help individuals reach their goals.

The Heart and Stroke Walk is the signature event for the American Heart Association, and draws more than 10,000 participants from across Puget Sound, including survivors of heart disease and stroke. As chair, I will lead efforts to bring the Puget Sound community together to walk with me in the fight against cardiovascular diseases and stroke and lead the local fundraising campaign to its goal of $1.75 million. I’m walking on Saturday, October 26 at Seattle Center and many others will walk on Saturday, October 5 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Won’t you join us?

H.R. Brereton (Gubby) Barlow is President and Chief Executive Officer of Premera Blue Cross.  The Premera family of companies provides healthcare coverage and related services to more than 1.7 million people in Washington, Alaska, and Oregon.  Premera is the sponsor of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life initiative in the Seattle region.
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