The following is a release from the American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Burlington resident, Jill Swartz, has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Lifestyle Change Award. Swartz received her award at the 2012 Boston Heart Walk this past Saturday, at the DCR Hatch Shell.
After the birth of her daughter seven years ago, Swartz put her personal needs last and catered to everyone else. “I developed unhealthy habits which caused my cholesterol to reach a dangerous level, which I had to go on medication for,” Swartz explained. “Last year, I decided to make myself a priority and get healthy for my daughter.”
Swartz joined Jenny Craig, a gym, hired a personal trainer and registered for her first 5K and a 100-mile bike ride charity event. Through the Jenny Craig program, Swartz learned how to control her portions, keep a balanced nutrition and to eat regular meals and snacks. By replacing foods high in sugar and salt with vegetables and fruits, and working out three to four times a week, Swartz has lost a total of 42 pounds.
Due to her weight loss and healthier lifestyle, Swartz’s cholesterol levels have dropped and she no longer needs to be on medication for it. “In August, I finished the 100-mile charity ride and was so proud of my accomplishments,” Swartz said, “But most important of all, I relish the time I spend with my beautiful daughter and being a role model for her.”
The Lifestyle Change Award gives the American Heart Association an opportunity to recognize individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and health. No change is too small, and every accomplishment is significant.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.