The American Heart Association and Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular teamed up again this year to recognize individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life. The Lifestyle Change Award is our opportunity to call out those who have worked hard to get their health on track. This year we received a record number of nominations. Eventually we narrowed the nominations down to three finalists.

During the Heart and Stroke Walk on May 18th we encouraged walkers to take a moment to vote on their pick for the Lifestyle Change Award. In the end, after hundreds of votes, Leslie Petcher was selected as the award winner.


Not only is she bettering herself and her family by drastically reducing her risk for heart disease, she is recommitted to volunteering in the community.

Through diet and exercise Leslie has lost more than 70 pounds in just a few short months. Leslie is motivated by a desire to be involved in her community. Improving her health has increased her ability to participate in volunteer activities that help others. Through a holistic approach to improve her health, Leslie finds herself feeling great, not just about the weight loss, but about her energy and ability to help her family, friends and community.

Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations and those who came out and made the Heart and Stroke Walk a huge success!