Success story: Striving toward a healthy heart
Much has changed for MultiCare employee Joe Hidalgo in the past year and a half. It all started when a co-worker had a health scare.
“Somebody on my team had a heart attack so of course all of us older and overweight fellas had to look into ourselves and say ‘Do I want this to happen to me’? I have two boys who aren’t married yet and I want to be around for that and when they have their own kids.” Since that day, something in Hidalgo clicked and he made a commitment to his health.
“I used to be an athlete when I was younger so I knew what I needed to do," he says. "But once I got married and had kids, I quit doing all my workouts because I thought I was being selfish. The weight started creeping up and then you get to a point where you look in the mirror and say ‘Who is that guy’?”
Hidalgo has made healthy lifestyle changes that have led to a 90 pound weight loss. Exercising regularly and eating healthy are now part of his daily routine. At the YMCA, Hidalgo rides the stationary bike, walks and lifts weights. He aims to get at least 10,000 steps a day. He also makes it a point to eat a healthy diet.
In addition to losing the weight, Hidalgo’s blood pressure has gone down dramatically.
“I feel really good," he says, "but am not quite at my goal weight yet.”
HIdalgo continues to focus on his health but also finds ways to give back to others. In 2015, Hidalgo decided to sign up for the American Heart Association Heart Walk in support of his co-worker who had the heart attack.
“I walked like crazy and my goal was to just keep going," he says. "I walked all summer and when the weather started turning I would go to the YMCA.”
Hidalgo was part of MultiCare's ‘IS Geek Squad’ team and last year they ended up raising $8,000 in donations for the walk and the team came in second place. Hidalgo plans to participate in the event again this year.
It's not to late to join Joe Hidalgo and his teammates at this year's Heart and Stroke Walk in Tacoma, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 8, at Cheney Stadium. Visit SouthSoundHeartWalk.org for all the event details and registration information.
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