Head of Infection Prevention and Care Servicon President and CEO Offers Women Effective Tips for Staying Healthy During American Heart Month


“These are some of the things I’ve found to help me keep exercising,” Sewell said. “As you can see, they don’t require expensive equipment or huge commitments. These are small steps that move me in the right direction!”

Laurie Sewell, President and CEO of Servicon, a leading provider of child care and infection prevention services, posted a series of LinkedIn articles promoting heart health to help guide and support women’s efforts to stay healthy during American Heart Month.

With more than 874,000 Americans dying of cardiovascular disease in 2019, according to the AHA’s “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2022 Update,” Sewell has made it his personal mission to lead the charge in about raising awareness about women’s heart health by sharing her personal journey and exercising. regularly.

Last year, Sewell was named to the American Heart Association’s Greater Los Angeles Executive Leadership Council. As a major part of the organization’s ‘Go Red for Women’ effort, Sewell seeks to make physical and mental health a priority, finding ways to exercise that are suitable for all ages. , ability and lifestyle.

February was American Heart Month, a time to pay special attention to understanding, preventing and treating heart disease – the leading cause of death in the country. Throughout the month, Sewell wrote on several topics to help spread the word in her community.

The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women around the world. The AHA suggests that to stay healthy, people need to know and take the symptoms of a heart attack seriously, understanding that they are not the same for women as they are for men.

Sewell herself underwent heart ablation a few years ago to prevent the premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) that interrupted her regular heartbeat. Even after she started eating more heart-healthy and joined the AHA leadership team, she still found it difficult to find “me” time to exercise and help spread the word. on heart health. She discovered that she needed to take advantage of her positive personality traits. With that in mind, here are some “hacks” she developed to achieve her exercise goals and are now sharing with everyone around her.

  • Get a responsible buddy – Choose a buddy who is also very busy but wants to stay in shape. Talk about how exercise is good for you and use each other to stick with it through phone calls and Zoom sessions.
  • Mark the calendar – It is important to schedule the right number of sessions each week. You may not always fit them all in, but having a plan is key. Then stay flexible and understand when one of you needs to cancel or change days. But it’s on the calendar, which mentally marks it as a priority.
  • Using technology – Sewell’s husband bought her a fitness tracker when she had the PVC procedure, to monitor heart rate and blood pressure. One of its favorite features lets you share your exercise results with friends. This lets you see when they’re exercising, giving them extra motivation.
  • I love dog days – One of the things Sewell loves about the days she spends working from home, besides the comfy clothes and no commuting, is that they give her time to walk the dog. A dog ensures that you make time for exercise. Usually, she also listens to a podcast or calls one of her employees, while walking. On rare occasions, she’ll even go without technology, and she learns the importance of quiet time to think and breathe.
  • Stand up for yourself – Sewell suggests a sit-stand desk. She also pledged to show up for one meeting a day. Again, to hold her accountable, she told the team members about it. Now they ask, “Are you up or are you already up today?”

“These are some of the things I’ve found to help me keep exercising,” Sewell said. “As you can see, they don’t require expensive equipment or huge commitments. These are small steps that move me in the right direction! I still have less than perfect days and weeks, but overall they really kept me on track.

“The American Heart Association is very grateful to the volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to support our mission,” said Laura Nichols, vice president, Social Market, American Heart Association. “Laurie is the perfect example of a grassroots leader whose passion, dedication and strong network of relationships create transformational growth and impact. We couldn’t be more honored to have the opportunity to work alongside Laurie.

About Servicon

Servicon is a women-owned and operated company dedicated to providing exemplary environmental, custodial and maintenance services for complex facilities throughout California. Servicon has expanded into Southern California, looking to continue hiring across multiple industries. We live by our purpose of elevating the industry and providing healthy environments for people to thrive. We work and live according to our vision of creating a better professional future. For more information, visit servicecon.com.

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