Doree Kalfen wins 2012 Lifestyle Change Award presented by University of Chicago Medicine
Doree Kalfen of Deerfield changed her life through healthier eating and increased physical activity, eventually losing over 100 pounds.
That loss gained Doree the American Heart Association’s 2012 Metro Chicago Lifestyle Change Award, sponsored by the University of Chicago Medicine.
Kalfen was one of seven finalists for the award, which recognizes a Chicagoan who has made positive health changes. Voting for the winner took place on the Facebook pages of the University of Chicago Medicine (facebook.com/UChicagoMed) and the American Heart Association Chicago (facebook.com/AHAChicago), and Kalfen’s inspiring story proved to be the winning entry.
For years Kalfen had led a sedentary life and struggled with her weight. In her mid-40s, Kalfen was cautioned by her doctor that she was at risk for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol and faced the likelihood of daily medications. That is when Kalfen started to eat better and slowly commit to exercising. From there Kalfen’s daughter encouraged her to enter a 5K run, which eventually cultivated Kalfen’s passion for running and helped her drop more weight at a faster rate. Kalfen now serves as a weight-loss coach for others.
Kalfen was presented with the Metro Chicago Lifestyle Change Award at the 2012 Chicago Heart Ball on Saturday, April 14, in front of over 800 guests at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom.
The 2012 Metro Chicago Lifestyle Change Award is locally sponsored by the University of Chicago Medicine. More information about UChicago Medicine is available online at uchospitals.edu.
Sharon O'Keefe (left), President, University of Chicago Medicine,
stands with Kalfen at the 2012 Chicago Heart Ball.
The 2012 Lifestyle Change Award is locally sponsored in Chicago by: