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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Week 12: Pledge for a Healthy Future

Can you believe that we’re in the final week of our BetterU program? Time flies when you’re having fun and I had a blast. I truly enjoyed getting to know the Fab Four -- Annette, Carla, Natale and Peggy. And I truly enjoyed getting to know the BetterU Committee -- Amy, Bobbi, Kim, Margie, Marla, Michelle, Nancy, Pam and Tim. I don’t want it to end. Hopefully, we can all stay in touch.

Annette, Carla, Natale and Peggy: Over the past 12 weeks, you have taken meaningful steps to makeover your hearts. You should feel good about the progress you made and celebrate your successes. Please do not beat yourself about any setbacks you may have experienced. That is just being human. No one is perfect. Two steps forward -- one step back. It’s a journey and we’re all in this together.

In the last week of the program, we are reminded that, as we continue our journey to lifelong heart health, we should stop if we’re tempted to make a choice that may not support our commitment to an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits. We should think about our progress during the Go Red BetterU program and the personal benefits we are enjoying from new healthy habits. We should remind ourselves why our eating and physical activity choices are important to us. We should choose the best solutions after weighing the benefits and barriers for our options.

I am sure that not all the skills and strategies in the BetterU program were beneficial to you. You should identify the ones that were and use them to form your heart healthy habits. Now that you’re on the path toward a heart-healthy lifestyle, the real fun begins. It’s time for you to reach out and help others do the same. Share your successes and struggles and reach out to others so they can start their path toward a heart-healthy lifestyle. It’s time to let your little light shine!!! I love you guys!!! Sandy F.

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