The American Heart Association and Richmond Heart Walk Healthy for Good sponsor Molina Complete Care will be honoring those who have made healthy lifestyle changes at this year’s Richmond Heart Walk on October 22 at Libbie Mill Midtown. Nominations officially opened on August 1 for the Richmond Lifestyle Change Awards, which will recognize those that have taken active steps to better their heart and brain health. The winners will be selected on September 17 and recognized on stage at the Richmond Heart Walk.
“At Molina, we are committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve and are excited to celebrate those who make life-changing healthy choices,” said Darrin Johnson, plan president of Molina Complete Care. “The Richmond Lifestyle Change Awards give us the opportunity to spotlight the people in our community who have taken active steps to improve heart and brain health.”
The award winners will be selected considering the following potential actions to pursue better health, but Richmond AHA Executive Director Michelle Nostheide said that this list was not all inclusive and individuals with other stories of healthy change were encouraged to apply.
- Increased physical activity
- Adopted healthier eating habits or a weight loss plan
- Stopped smoking or vaping
- Created a plan for managing blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar
- Learned their family’s heart/brain health history and personal risk factors to manage their health
“We’re looking for individuals who have inspired others by their own pursuit of better health, and we want to tell their story. We know how hard it is to recognize risk factors, start a plan and stick to it to create lasting change – and we want to raise those people up and celebrate them,” said Nostheide.
For more information about the Richmond Heart Walk, please visit Richmondvaheartwalk.org.