Pictured (L to R): Tim Gatz, Aaron Johnson

NORWAY — “We appreciate everything you’ve done to change your own life to not only help the American Heart Association reach its goals of encouraging longer, healthier, lives, but also impacting the folks around you. We are grateful. Thank you very much.”

The words of Tim Gatz, Development Director for the American Heart Association (AHA) in Maine, preceded a loud round of applause from Norway Savings Bank team members for Aaron Johnson, Systems Engineer III at NSB. Johnson is the recipient of the 2024 “AHA Lifestyle Change Award” and was presented with a plaque at a special ceremony attended by many of his colleagues in Norway on Tuesday, June 11.

“The award recognizes individuals who have made or have encouraged others to make positive changes to improve the quality of their life and health,” said Gatz.

“I have a rare genetic blood clotting disorder that causes challenges with medication and dietary restrictions,” said Johnson. “When I came to NSB, I became involved in the bank’s award-winning Wellness program and placed priority on living a healthier lifestyle.”

That decision has not only improved his life but motivated those around him.

“Aaron regularly plans hiking treks and group activities for team members and encourages people from around the bank to participate,” said Tricia Brooks, AVP, HR Compliance and Benefits Administrator. “His inspiring story shows not only the physical benefits of staying active but also the rewards of improving mental health and team morale through social connections. We’re so appreciative of Aaron and his commitment to bettering his health and the well-being of others.”

Later this summer, Aaron will share his story and undoubtedly inspire countless others when he is interviewed on WMTW-TV (Channel 8 in Portland) as part of its “Heart Health 8” series.

“I’m honored to receive this award. It’s overwhelming to have this kind of positive response to just committing myself to doing healthier things and encouraging others to join me,” said Johnson. “I’m thankful to work at an organization that not only appreciates the importance of wellness but promotes and celebrates it as well.”

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