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Red Dress Award winner named for Alaska

Mike Morris(left)and Darlene Zehm.

Mike Morris(left)and Darlene Zehm.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The American Heart Association and Kendall Auto Alaska announced the statewide winner of the AHA’s Red Dress Award on March 1, 2013 at the Go Red For Women Luncheon in Anchorage. The honor goes to Darlene Zehm, a heart attack survivor from the Mat-Su Valley that made significant lifestyle changes and went on to participate in half-marathons and other races. Ms. Zehm was also awarded a one-year lease on a red Toyota Camry courtesy of Kendall Auto Alaska.  

The Red Dress Award, sponsored by Kendall Auto Alaska, gave residents in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Mat-Su Valley an opportunity to nominate a woman who had made significant lifestyle changes with positive health results.  A winner for each region was determined by online voting by the public, and they are:

Anchorage - Julie Michels.  As a heart disease survivor, Julie is an excellent example of embracing a healthy lifestyle. Last summer she competed in 12 running events including three half marathons. She was also the top finisher in the mended heart division for the Alaska Heart Run.

Fairbanks – Bernice Joseph. Bernice has influenced many people to better themselves through physical activity, prayer and diet. She has supporters that are part of Team Bernice. Her team shares recipes, accomplishments, and supportive encouragement.

Mat-Su Valley – Darlene Zehm. Darlene had a heart attack on December 21, 2007. Significant lifestyle changes and daily exercise helped Darlene lose over 300 pounds. Last year she completed four half-marathons and participated in 17 different races. A retired educator, she also makes it a priority to share her story and motivate young people to be active. Each year she crosses the finish line of the Alaska Heart Run with one of her former students.

The statewide winner was chosen by committee and Mike Morris, general manager for Kendall Auto Alaska, presented the award to Ms. Zehm at the Go Red For Women Luncheon. Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease in women and the luncheon is an educational and fundraising event held as a benefit for the American Heart Association.  Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc., and the Red Dress Award is sponsored locally by Kendall Auto Alaska.

About Go Red For Women

Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease in women. We are committed to the fight, for as long as it takes. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® movement was created by women, for women. Because our health is non-negotiable, because we have the power to save our lives, and because the best force for women is women. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck & Co., Inc., with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

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 heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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