In honor of American Heart Month, Woman’s Day magazine partnered with nutritionist Joy Bauer to challenge six women with significant heart health risk factors to “live longer and stronger.” Collectively these women ended up losing a total of 360 pounds and changed their lives in the process.
Through exercise, nutritious meal plans, and plenty of motivation from Bauer, the women achieved their goals after years of struggling with health issues ranging from obesity, to high blood pressure and cholesterol. “For the first time, they are comfortable in their own skin,”
Bauer gushes. Sandra, age 36 from Arizona, says she feels amazing and “like a million dollars” after dropping 120 pounds and working her way off of her blood pressure medication. Jennifer, a 44-year-old mother of two from Iowa, is excited that she can now tuck her shirt in to show off her figure and fashionable belts. Grandmother of five, Antionette, had a heart attack and used to struggle with emotional eating, but now enjoys doing yoga and meditation when she’s feeling stressed. Deb, 52, who has been a nurse educator for 20 years, decided it was time to start practicing what she preached. She’s no longer overweight, her cholesterol and blood pressure are lower and she is 30 pounds lighter.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death, but it’s preventable. These remarkable women remind us that its never too late to take steps to live a happier, healthier lifestyle.