Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Seeking Lifestyle Change Award Nominations

Lloyd Before

Lloyd After

Lloyd Toledo lost over 200 pounds and his successful journey started by walking just one minute a day. Have you or a friend recently lost a lot of weight or made significant healthy changes in your life? The American Heart Association is seeking nominations for its annual Lifestyle Change Award.

Nominations are due by April 19 and can be submitted online at

The Lifestyle Change Award recognizes individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and health over the past year, such as losing weight, becoming active, eating healthier and/or managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and cholesterol. Finalists will be chosen based on criteria evaluating the significance of the change that was achieved; any obstacles that were surpassed in achieving the goal; and the power that positive lifestyle change had not only on the individual achieving it but also those around him/her.

The winner will be announced at the annual Twin Cities Heart Walk on Saturday, May 19, at Target Field in Minneapolis and honored by the American Heart Association and the Twin Cities 2012 Lifestyle Change Award sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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