BOSTON–One Braintree resident, Tanya Crews, was among the winners of the first-annual Lifestyle Change Awards recently presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). The awards, presented at a ceremony at BIDMC, recognized Boston-area individuals who have made dramatic lifestyle changes that have improved their heart health.
Crews is a Weight Watchers leader who lost 88 pounds and reduced flare-ups of her rheumatoid arthritis by power-walking and making healthy food choices.
“We think it’s important to recognize individuals who, thanks to their successful commitments to make healthy lifestyle changes, serve as role models to others,” said Kamal R. Khabbaz, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at BIDMC and Co-Chair of BIDMC’s 2014 Walking Campaign along with Susan Wornick, former anchor of WCVB-TV5.
According to Dr. Khabbaz, there were a significant number of nominees, and almost all of them stressed the importance of walking as part of their exercise routines.
According to the AHA, some of the benefits of walking include improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels, maintaining body weight, and lowering the risk of obesity, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes. For more information on walking, visit the AHA’s “Start Walking Now” website.
About the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
The Cardiovascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center combines cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery in a structure designed to facilitate collaboration across disciplines. The CVI delivers outstanding outcomes, easy access, and better service, earning BIDMC recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the best 100 hospitals or a distinguished hospital in heart care and surgery since 2006. Community-based cardiologists and vascular surgeons at convenient offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire provide a wide range of services and, when advanced care is needed, refer patients to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. For more information, visit www.bidmc.harvard.edu/CVI.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.