Coon Rapids woman is finalist for heart award

A Coon Rapids woman was one of five finalists for the American Heart Association’s 2012 Lifestyle Change Award.

Lori Quinters after her weight loss.

Lori Quinters after her weight loss.

Lori Quinters lost over 125 pounds by simply encouraging herself that “she could do it,” eating only natural and healthy foods and by incorporating walking into her daily life, according to Elizabeth Warmka, communications director, American Heart Association.

The association named Huemoeller, Brooklyn Park, as the winner of the award May 19 at Target Field, Minneapolis.

Huemoeller, Quinters and the other three finalists were honored and presented gifts for their healthy lifestyle changes by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, who sponsored the award.

Huemoeller was selected from over 20 nominees.

He suffered a heart attack and had quadruple bypass surgery at the age of 41.

Since then he has quit smoking, changed his entire lifestyle, began exercising and last year, he ran a marathon.

Lori Quinters before her weight loss.

Lori Quinters before her weight loss.

The Lifestyle Change Award recognizes people who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and health over the past year, such as losing weight, becoming active, eating healthier and/or managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cholesterol.

Finalists were chosen based on criteria evaluating the significance of the change that was achieved, any obstacles that were overcome in achieving the goal and the power that positive lifestyle change had not only on the individual achieving it, but also those around him/her.

The award was presented at the annual Twin Cities Heart Walk May 19 attended by more than 25,000 walkers, which raised over $2 million for heart disease and stroke research.

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