Hundreds of central Indiana women were nominated as part of the Real Women. Real Change. campaign sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.
Meet the 11 finalists, women who can inspire other Hoosiers to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, chosen by a volunteer committee and your votes.
Amber watched her parents struggle with their health and decided to end the cycle. She committed to eating better and being more physically active.
She recently completed her second half marathon and has lost more than 80 lbs. over the last three years.
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Carla was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in November 2011. The shocking diagnosis spurred her to begin an exercise program of regular walking and change her diet by counting carbohydrates, reducing salt intake and preparing foods healthier. She has lost 70 lbs. and reduced the amount of medication she takes while inspiring those around her.
Having a heart attack at age 42 served as a big wake-up call for Carrie.
She started exercising for the first time in her life, beginning by walking regularly and progressing to Zumba and other activities. She also adopted healthier eating habits and stopped smoking.
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Melinda is an “army wife” who works full-time and raises three kids. She didn’t exercise and her diet consisted of fast food almost every day for lunch and sometimes for dinner. She chose to get healthier for her and her family. Melinda now works out often, running and doing cross training, and she eats healthy foods and only drinks water.
Melody suffered a major heart attack and stroke in July 2012 when she was 53. She lost use of the right side of her body and had challenges with her speech and writing. Through months of therapy and rehab, Melody regained the ability to walk, drive and communicate. She now walks every day and has adopted a low sodium diet, inspiring her family and friends every day.
St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana Monica began her journey to better health in December 2012, hoping to get in better shape for a vacation.
She adopted a strict diet and a vigorous workout routine.
She stuck with them and has lost 35 lbs.
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Patrice has a family history of heart disease and chose to start doing the things she knew she ought to be doing – eating better and exercising more. She walks at least three times per week and commits to other exercise several times per week. She changed her diet to include more water, less sodium and trans fats, and she eats three healthy meals per day. Since June, Patrice has lost 40 lbs.
Patty 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, Patty 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. She also started exercising and walks 4-5 miles every day.
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Tammy has lost 170 lbs. in the last year by exercising and eating better. She started her journey by talking with her doctor about calorie intake and healthier foods. She also started exercising and now wakes up at 4:30 every morning to work out. Tammy’s story has inspired her family and complete strangers, prompting her to consider becoming a health coach.
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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.
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.
Real Women. Real Change. is presented locally by
For 10 years, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® campaign has been raising awareness about heart disease in women.
|As the 10th anniversary of Go Red For Women approaches, UnitedHealthcare and the American Heart Association will celebrate Real Women who have made a Real Change, committing themselves to a healthy lifestyle. |
Eleven finalists were chosen to represent the American Heart Association and UnitedHealthcare at select Go Red For Women events in 2014.