The American Heart Association is addressing the continuing threat of heart disease by calling on everyone to Live Fierce. Live Fierce is the attitude that invites each of us to take charge of our lives and health and to champion the opportunity for everyone to live a long, healthy life. When we Live Fierce, we are resilient, relentless, and unstoppable in creating meaningful change and equitable health impact in our community.
This event is taking place on Thursday, November 2 at the Eastwood Event Centre in NIles, Ohio.
The Live Fierce Award recognizes those who LIVE FIERCE for themselves, their loved ones, their community – a catalyst for longer, healthier lives for everyone, everywhere. The American Heart Association, alongside Premier Bank, this year’s Live Fierce sponsor, want to recognize the meaningful impact of a LIVE FIERCE Award recipient in our community. This year’s recipient will be an individual recognized for setting an example for others through their commitment and passion, for inspiring and educating others on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and working to improve and extend the lives of those in our community.
2023 Live Fierce Award Finalists:
Katie Glatzer of Poland owns and operates Body Temple Fitness in Boardman and has become a mentor to every person who walks through her gym doors. Katie promotes fitness, proper nutrition, and mental wellbeing as a lifestyle both inside her facility and outside. She is a mom, business owner, fitness coach and constant source of motivation for those around her. Katie’s passion for fitness is rivaled only by her passion for people. Her studio offers a workout environment that is accepting of all people, at all levels of fitness, from beginners to experts. She has made it her mission to inspire everyone around her to make health and wellness a priority. But, most importantly, Katie is a giver. Every year, she gives a free membership to an individual who inspires others with their drive and motivation to live a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Maria Kowal of Canfield is the President and Chief Medical Officer of ONE Health, Ohio and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the health and well-being of the people in our community. She has made it her mission to address health equality by focusing on the underserved, underinsured, and uninsured population. She has created several impactful initiatives including RISE, a premier outpatient addiction treatment center, and the Baby on Board program, offering crucial support to mothers, fathers, and children during pregnancy and postpartum. Her Platinum Health program for seniors, showcases her commitment to chronic and preventative care. She has also led her ONE Health Ohio team to achieve unparalleled recognition and accolades for their work. Above all, Dr. Kowal’s kind, patient focused approach to healthcare shows her true dedication and passion for the health of our underserved communities.
In 2016, at just 28-years old, Amanda Parker of McDonald suffered a devastating stroke. After months of intense therapy, Amanda was left with physical disabilities, but she was determined to live a life of purpose. Amanda was able to give birth to two healthy children, and quickly realized she could help others who are battling the challenges of post-stroke disabilities. She began creating YouTube videos teaching other moms how to change or feed their child, while dealing with physical limitations. Recently, Amanda created a support group for other stroke survivors. Her hope is that the group can share experiences, exchange coping strategies, and find solace in each other’s triumphs, instilling hope, and resilience in the face of adversary. She has exhibited courage, compassion, and determination in establishing and leading this impactful support network.