American Heart Association Seeks Lifestyle Changers

By: Erika Tallan
By: Erika Tallan

To nominate an individual for a Lifestyle Change Award, visit and click on “local participant tools.”

If you've quit smoking, lost weight or stepped up your exercise routine, The American Heart Association wants to hear about you!

It's accepting applications for this years Lifestyle Change Award.

The award honors individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and overall health. Ideal candidates are people who have taken control of their health in areas of diet, exercise, or tobacco use and seen positive results in weight, BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar. Winners will be recognized at the association’s Heart Walk on April 28.

Roy Erlewine won last year. The 62-year-old suffered a massive heart attack 4 years ago and underwent quintuple bypass surgery.
Now he stopped smoking, exercises up to 4 days a week, eats better and has dropped 25 pounds.

He says anyone can do it.

"People think they can't do it or can't find the time to do it. They're wrong. They can," said Roy Erlewine.

"I was that way," he said. "I had the heart attack and it just gives you a whole different perspective on life and you just have to look at takingcare of yourself."

To nominate an individual for a Lifestyle Change Award, visit and click on “local participant tools.” To have the form sent to you, email Michelle Flair at or call 402-489-5115.

Applications must be received by April 13.

The American Heart Association recommends focusing on seven heart health factors known as Life’s Simple 7 to achieve ideal health. To find out where you stand on Life’s Simple 7 and to get an individualized action plan for improving your heart score, visit

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