The American Heart Association has selected Jeff Jordan of Murfreesboro as the winner of its 2012 Lifestyle Change Award for Rutherford County.
The award is given annually to those who have made positive changes to their lifestyle, such as exercise and healthy eating, to become more heart healthy.
“I can’t think of a more deserving person than Jeff,” said Michelle Willard, managing editor of The Murfreesboro Post, who nominated Jordan for the award. “He has really made significant changes to live a more healthy life since his surgery last year.”
Jordan, who represents District 13 in the Rutherford County Commission, will be honored at the Rutherford Heart Walk today at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, located at 1700 Medical Center Parkway.
Festivities begin at 1 p.m. and the Heart Walk starts at 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.rutherfordheartwalk.org.
Jordan, who also serves as sports editor for The Post and is retired from teaching in the Rutherford County school system, made significant changes to his lifestyle after experiencing heart problems that led first to several stents more than a decade ago, and then to a quadruple bypass at Saint Thomas Hospital one year ago.
Since his surgery, he has followed a program at the Wellness Center at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, which now has him working out and walking 15 miles a week — an activity he shares with his wife, Daune, — and eating healthier foods, all of which have helped him to lose 45 pounds.
“Changing to a more sensible diet is probably the most important thing I’ve done, but the exercise is also key,” Jordan said. “And never ignore your symptoms like I did.”
The Lifestyle Change Award is sponsored locally by the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic.
The Rutherford Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig, and locally by Saint Thomas Heart at MTMC.
For more information about the American Heart Association, go to www.heart.org.