The American Heart Association (AHA) and Delta Dental of Colorado have joined forces for the second year in a row to present the healthy lifestyle–focused LifeSmile Change Award. The award will honor individuals who have committed positive changes that improve their quality of life and overall health.
“When I learned that people with gum disease have nearly double the risk for heart disease as those with healthy gums, I saw a clear illustration of the important connection between oral and overall health,” said Helen Drexler, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado and the 2019 Denver Heart & Stroke Walk chair. “We partnered with the American Heart Association to help educate more people about this critical link and it’s why we created the LifeSmile Change Award last year and why we will present it again this year.”
The AHA and Delta Dental of Colorado encourage individuals to nominate themselves or others for the award. Examples of positive changes to improve overall health include losing weight, committing to eating healthier, improving cholesterol through diet and exercise or scheduling preventive care through regular dental or medical exams to help spot potential problems early. The nomination form asks individuals to describe the change, how it impacted their overall health, how that person stayed on track and how their actions inspired changes in others.
Winners will be recognized at the 2019 Denver Heart & Stroke Walk on June 1, 2019, at Broncos Stadium at Mile High and will also receive a healthy prize package, courtesy of the AHA and Delta Dental of Colorado. The AHA will also promote the stories of these champions of change throughout the year to inspire others to live healthier lives.
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on May 15, 2019. The nomination form is available online at www.Heart.org/LifeSmile and there is no cost to nominate someone for the award.
Last year, the AHA and Delta Dental of Colorado honored four individuals who made significant changes to improve their overall health. Their stories are available on the local AHA Facebook page www.Facebook.com/AHADenver.