Premera joins the community to tackle heart disease

By Jeff Roe
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
2017 Premera Heart Walk Team

Photo: Premera group at the 2017 Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk

Mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke have decreased by 45 percent, since the inception of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart and Stroke Walk in 1993. For more than ten years, Premera Blue Cross walkers and donations generated by our team have helped transform health statistics into lives saved. But there is more work to be done.

Today, heart disease and stroke are still the leading causes of death in the United States.

This year, I have the honor of chairing the Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, October 13 at Seattle Center. I’m excited for the opportunity to support this great cause, and I encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy this brisk walk (or run), to benefit AHA and our overall health. Our employees are leaning into the cause with more than 30 teams, comprising 268 employees, friends and family.

In total, AHA is expecting more than 500 teams and 10,000 participants at this year’s heart walk. We are on target to raise nearly $1,750,000.

We can’t do it alone.

Heart disease affects everyone, either directly or through a loved one, and it takes a community to address this issue. Key Bank and Teladoc have joined us in this effort and matched a portion of donations raised by Premera employees. Combined, we are on track to raise $100,000 for AHA, a record for Premera.

Funds will help recovering heart attack patients

I'm excited to share that AHA recently launched the My Cardiac Coach mobile application, made possible through the fundraising efforts by Premera employees and our community partners.

The app is designed to empower heart attack patients who are navigating the difficult road to recovery after a heart attack.

Through helpful information and interactive tools, My Cardiac Coach will:

  • Teach patients about their condition and necessary lifestyle changes through interactive lessons
  • Help patients gain better self-management skills through personal goal-setting
  • Allow patients to track important health information and medications

AHA will make the app available on Saturday at the Heart Walk at the Premera booth. I welcome you to stop by and check out the app.

Join me as we come together to raise awareness for this cause.

Jeff Roe is President and CEO of Premera Blue Cross.
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