Dave Held came by GCU Thursday evening to share his life story with us. When I was first given the position to work in Wellness, Dave was one of the first people I thought to bring to campus. In my opinion, people can listen to doctor’s, they can watch TV, and they can read all the healthy material they want; it is not until you experience health issues that you take a moment to reevaluate your life. That is exactly what happened to Dave. He was living his life not even questioning his health. He said if, it was garbage he ate it and he chose meals at restaurants based on the biggest portion, not on what he really want to eat. A career as an NYPD officer on the midnight shift was also not kind to his body. Fast food, bagels, pizza, hoagies, and coffee kept him going all night.
Dave suffered his first heart attack thirteen years ago, but it still was not enough of a wakeup call. He suffered with sky high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, knee issues, and neuropathy, but it was not until a new doctor took the time to give him a thorough exam that they found a serious underlying issue. Dave told a story about his original cardiologist who was the head doctor and extremely friendly, but was missing obvious signs when it came to Dave’s health. It was not until Dave changed cardiologists that his new doctor said we have a serious problem on our hands here. After a round of testing, Dave was found to have block arteries in his heart, which left untouched would result in another heart attack.
Dave knew he needed bypass surgery and was lucky enough to be introduced to Dr. Oz through the magic of Facebook. He immediately felt comfortable around Dr. Oz and knew that this was the guy who needed to do his surgery. After 8 hours on an operating table, Dave had a renewed chance at life at the man they call Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz challenged Dave and asked him now what do you want to do? Dave knew that he needed to make changes in his life so he started with his weight. He is down a hundred pounds and has more energy than he ever had in his life. He exercises at the gym, but also commits to walking almost every day. He took control of his medications going from fifteen to about four. Dave also took control of his eating—no red meat, extremely limited dairy, limited sugar, no alcohol, and lots of healthy foods. Dave loves to cook so a way to deal with his new healthy lifestyle was to “Oz-ify” his recipes.
Dave knows his health is in his hands and he is the only person responsible for not going back to the way he used to live. His passion is to educate the men and woman in positions of service, like police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s to change their life now so they don’t have to go through what he went through. I have no doubt, Dave will be well received and a voice to change the lives of others for the better.
If you want to reach out to Dave to ask him about his story or get help on how to “Oz-ify” your own recipe please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you in touch with him .
Dave was kind enough to share one of his recipes below. This is an easy recipe for anyone to follow and does not require one to be a master chef to make it.
Thank you Dave for sharing your story with GCU, I know we all benefitted from hearing it.
“Oz-ified” Turkey Chili
- 1 pkgs extra lean ground turkey
- 1 green pepper
- 1 med onion chopped
- 1 red pepper
- 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic
- 1 pkgs of low sodium chili seasoning
- 1 28 oz of crushed tomatoes
- 1 can of low sodium white beans (goya)
- 1 can of low sodium red beans
- S&P to taste
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 Tbs of Italian seasoning
- A few dashes of hot sauce more or less to taste
Spray bottom of pot with fat free non stick spray
Medium heat brown meat and drain
Add meat back to pot with chili seasoning
Add all of the rest of the ingredients
Simmer for 30-45 minutes
* Can be done in a slow cooker