Hundreds of central Indiana women were nominated as part of the Real Women. Real Change. campaign sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.
Eight finalists have been selected by a volunteer committee. The final two will be decided by your vote.
Please vote for one of the six following nominees as a woman who can inspire other Hoosiers to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
|Anna W.||Charity A.||Patricia N.|
|Anna was overweight, had a debilitating knee injury and was hospitalized with congestive heart failure. |
She needed to make changes to her lifestyle to improve her quality of life – and she did.
With a serious knee injury, Anna’s surgeon thought she may never bend her knee again. Anna started exercises in bed, then with a walker, and is now walking with a cane.
She dropped 122 lbs., which enabled her to have knee surgery. In addition,
Anna changed her eating habits to include smaller portions and limited sodium.
|Charity is an Army wife who has struggled with her weight since she was a teenager. |
During her husband’s deployment, Charity made a commitment to change her lifestyle and lose weight.
She started participating in Zumba classes and enjoyed it so much she became an instructor.
She also changed her eating habits.
Charity has lost a significant amount of weight and is closing in on her goal.
|Patricia has battled her weight for most of her life. |
But after being diagnosed with high blood pressure, she knew it was time to make changes.
Three years ago, Patricia joined a weight loss program that helped her lose 50 lbs.
Since that time she has adopted permanent changes to her diet, eating high protein foods and lots of whole grains, beans, nuts and vegetables.
Patricia also started exercising and now walks 4-5 miles every day.
|Tammy H.||Tatjana S.||Yolanda C.|
|Tammy wasn’t necessarily overweight as a child, but she might have a carried a few more pounds than some of her classmates. |
By the time she hit her 20s, though, she had wide weight fluctuations and was gradually getting heavier and heavier.
She decided to join a co-worker who was undergoing bariatric weight loss surgery. Since the surgery one year ago, Tammy has learned healthy eating habits, and she works out twice a day, five days a week.
Her efforts have resulted in a weight loss of 144 lbs.
|Tatjana moved to the United States five years ago for work. |
She had trouble meeting people but found comfort in many of the unhealthy foods available.
As a result, Tatjana gained a lot of weight.
In need of change, Tatjana started daily workouts, joined a weight loss club and started cooking her own healthy meals instead of eating out.
In two years, she dropped 50 lbs. and 10 dress sizes.
|Yolanda has made a commitment to exercising more and eating better. |
After having children, the weight she gained stuck with her, and due to inactivity the pounds added up.
Yolanda made a decision to start working out, sometimes five times per week.
She also started learning about and implementing healthy recipes, snack ideas and food substitutions.
The result – she’s dropped dress sizes and can see her goal weight approaching.
For 10 years, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® campaign has been raising awareness about heart disease in women.
|Ten will be chosen to represent the American Heart Association and UnitedHealthcare at select Go Red For Women events in 2014.|