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Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehab Team participates in Hearts of Gold Games

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Contact: Crossing Rivers Communications

A team of seven participants from Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehabilitation and Healthy Hearts recently participated at the Annual Hearts of Gold Games held in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Crossing Rivers Health’s team was among 105 Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab participants entering the modified Olympic games from the Southwest Wisconsin region. Teams in attendance travelled from Prairie du Chien, Dodgeville, Janesville, Fort Atkinson, Columbus, Baraboo and Monroe.

Tammy Thompson, Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehab Director/Clinical Exercise Physiologist, explained, “Our hospital and area communities continue to be well represented at the games. We have attended the competition for the last 18 years. Our team looks forward to going, and recruits new participants every year. One of our teammates, George Kahler, has attended the games every year.”

Hearts of Gold Game participants could elect to compete in 10 different recreational events- horse shoes, bean bag toss, golf putting, ladderball, walking and swimming events and a knowledge test. Participants could also choose to participate in the annual bake-off to showcase heart healthy recipes prepared by participants. This year’s bake-off category was heart healthy appetizers.

Connie Collins won 3rd place in the bean bag competition and Dyan Winkers earned 3rd place in the bake-off competition with her Bruchetta recipe. Other members of the team were Betty Breitsprecher, Janet Rieck, Bob Zwirlein and Cynthia Stoney. The team members won multiple door prizes, and also the grand prize, a bean bag set.

Tammy Thompson was proud of their team’s participation. She said, “We congratulate and thank each of the participants for entering these challenging events and representing our organization year after year. Our team travels the furthest to participate, and we have the smallest team in attendance, but we always bring home a prize or two! George Kahler has been representing the hospital for 17 years, and Bob Zwirlein, Dyan Winkers, Connie Collins and Janet Kahler have participated in the games for the past five or more years. Again, the value of exercise, together with a healthy lifestyle, continues to generate personal rewards!”

Individuals interested in learning about the Cardiac Rehab and Healthy Hearts Program or Pulmonary Rehab are encouraged to call Crossing Rivers Health at 608.357.2349 or visit to learn more.