2019 Go Red for Women Ambassadors:
Lori has been involved with the American Heart Association for a number of years, attending Go Red For Women Luncheons and working as a volunteer for the organization. It is through that work Lori learned the importance of knowing your family health history and taking charge of your own health. Her father battled heart disease and transformed his lifestyle so he could enjoy more time with his family. That love of family and journey back to health inspires Lori today. As a leader in the banking industry, Lori has a unique platform with which to lead the Go Red For Women movement in Anchorage and unite with women in the community to share their stories and inspire others. Her message? Take charge of your health so you can spend more quality years with those you love.
Haliehana has made a lifelong commitment to health both through physical fitness and through nutrition. As an avid outdoorsperson, hiker, weightlifter, Haliehana maintains her body’s condition through daily physical activity. As a subsistence fisherwoman and harvester, Haliehana nourishes her body with the traditional foods of her Unangax ancestors. The loss of her father to heart disease at a much too early age, strengthened her resolve to maintain this healthy lifestyle and to inspire others to do the same.
Denise has spent her life caring for others. As a busy Nurse, her hectic schedule and long hours made it difficult to maintain a regular health routine. Seven years ago, that changed when Denise decided to care for herself and commit to losing some unwanted weight and to be physically active. It was during one of her daily dog walks, Denise noticed a shortness of breath and chest discomfort. It went away but came back again on a subsequent walk. Denise decided she needed to be checked out and learned that she had a 90 percent blockage in a coronary artery that required a stent. Denise shares her story to encourage women to commit to being healthy and to pay attention to their warning signs because heart disease can happen to anyone.
Sue has been committed to the American Heart Association for a number of years, attending the annual Go Red For Women luncheons in Anchorage. It was through these events, she learned about women’s cardiovascular health, giving her the information that may very well have saved her life. After a couple of low-snow years, the snow started to fly. Sue set out to shovel her sidewalk and driveway and worked on the snow situation for an hour or two. Normally active and healthy, Sue didn’t think anything of being a little sore, clammy, or short of breath; she had been shoveling snow for a long time. When Sue felt an onset of nausea, it was at that moment she realized the pain in her shoulders and other symptoms were not from shoveling, she was experiencing a heart attack. Due to prompt lifesaving first response and medical attention, Sue survived what they call the “widow maker.” She shares her story to encourage others to pay attention to any warning signs and to seek immediate medical help if your intuition and education tells you something might be wrong.
At the young age of 11, Beverly watched her mom battle Type 2 diabetes which over the years led to associated diseases including heart disease. Beverly’s mom lost the battle with heart disease, but Beverly’s resolve strengthened. Also diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Beverly wanted a different outcome for herself and committed to taking care of her health. Beverly is diligent about her medication and monitoring her health numbers plus follows a healthy lifestyle including exercise and proper nutrition. She is determined to set an example for her children and to inspire other women to learn their family health history and monitor their own health to enjoy more quality years with their families.
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