St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award
(Pictured left to right: Susan Bruno, Lauren Wilmore, Laurel Hecht, Lucy Hey)
Congratulations to the 2013 Healthy Woman Award honorees who were recognized at St. Luke's Hospital Spirit Girls' Night Out on Oct. 24. They were also featured in Ladue News - the Oct. 25 issue.
Susan lived for years with a secret...she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2002. But Susan didn't want anyone to know. She wanted to maintain her career and didn't want to be a burden to family and colleagues. Being proactive about her health had not been a top priority until the diagnosis. She has since shared her story and went from volunteering at the Bike MS to actually riding in it with her husband on their tandem bicycle, which was a surprise wedding anniversary gift. Now Susan does all she can to use her own experience to help others who are living with MS, and was designated as a Bike MS Champion for 2013.
Laurel is committed to living a healthy lifestyle, both on the job at the Club at Chesterfield where she is the director, and off the job as a runner and cyclist. Laurel supports her "Club family" and goes the extra mile, such as creating an annual 5K at the club in memory of a coworker's son. She seeks opportunities to spread the word about fitness in the community and brings new ideas to the club community to keep members engaged in new workouts.
Lucy rededicated herself to an active lifestyle that led her to compete and win in her age group in local 5K runs and spring triathlons. She also became a certified kickboxing instructor. She brings her fitness mission to her workplace at Boeing where she is a team leader for the "On the Move" program, providing weekly workout and nutrition tips to coworkers. She also encourages daily lunch walks and at-the-desk workouts. Her commitment to fitness is evident to all who know her and defines her core values. Many people at the fitness center where she works out seek her advice on their own fitness programs.
Lauren is a dancing queen - teaching salsa and maintaining regular exercise through dance. She has participated in community dance events through her past position at Dance St. Louis and has led hundreds of women through dance routines at St. Luke's Hospital Day of Dance. Lauren founded a nonprofit group called Dancing Classrooms to help bring ballroom dance programs to city schools to encourage positive physical and emotional health for children. Lauren's enthusiasm is truly contagious.
The St. Luke's Hospital Healthy Woman Award is an annual awards program that recognizes and celebrates women who not only take steps to improve their own health, but also inspire better health in our community. Whether she motivates others through her own actions, empowers others to pursue better health, or devotes herself to making our community a healthier and safer place to live, a St. Luke's Healthy Woman improves the health of our community.
Congratulations to our honorees and all the exceptional nominees.