Inspired by her “Hero,” Blue Cross Employee Joins 2016 Heart Walk

Jody Kovich is one of hundreds of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employees participating in the Metro Detroit Heart Walk this Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Although it is her first year joining the event, Kovich serves as team captain for The Heartbeats.

Jody Kovich and her father, "He was a Retired Tech Sgt. From the United States Air Force, was a very proud man and my hero!"

Jody Kovich and her father, who inspired her to get involved in the Metro Detroit Heart Walk.

Her interest in participating and raising awareness stems from a personal connection to heart disease. In 1952, Kovich’s grandmother was one of the first females to have an open heart procedure and later passed due to congestive heart failure. Her father, a retired technical sergeant for the United States Air Force, passed away from severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Kovich says he was her hero.

These events inspired her to spread awareness about heart conditions by joining the American Heart Association’s Metro Detroit Heart Walk.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to Kovich, who has been a non-smoker her entire life. She exercises regularly, eats right and always attends her yearly physicals.

“It’s important to stay on top of things,” said Kovich.

For information on how to help support Kovich and The Heartbeats, click here.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are proud to support the Metro Detroit Heart Walk. For more information about the event, visit miheartwalk.org.

Are you attending the Metro Detroit Heart Walk this year? Tell us your story by commenting below.

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