Debbie Sylvester is living proof that small changes can make a big difference. Sylvester, who set a goal to lose 15 pounds in early 2009 in preparation for her daughter’s wedding, is now a competitive triathlete.
The American Heart Association, in partnership with Premera Blue Cross, 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 Debbie who have made significant strides to change their way of life. Debbie was named the 2010 Lifestyle Change Award recipient for her commitment and for the inspiration she has been to others, including a fellow gym-goer who became her triathlon training buddy.
At my company, Premera, we encourage employees to live a healthy and active lifestyle through wellness-focused corporate programs and community events. 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 2011 Lifestyle Change Awards at Puget Sound Heart Walk.
The Puget Sound Heart Walk will be held Saturday, October 15, at Seattle Center. Form your community or corporate team today at Puget Sound Heart Walk.
Brian Ancell is a former board member of the American Heart Association, and is executive vice president, health care services and strategic development for Premera Blue Cross.