Local Women Work To Keep Hearts Healthy

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Deborah Biondolillo spends most of her days working at her greenhouse and vegetable stand and spending time with family.

"I want to be there for them. I want to be there for my kids. I want to help them plan their kids' graduations," she said. 

But with heart disease in her family history, it's not as easy as it sounds.

Deborah has to work at it.

The American Heart Association is helping her and 10 other women do just that.

They're kicking off their BetterU Program in the north country.

It's a 12 week program that will teach the women about a healthier lifestyle as well as ways to manage or even eliminate some of their risk factors for heart disease.

"I'd like to learn how to cook the every day foods to be healthy for the kids and for my husband and I," said Deborah.

"I have a feeling the exercise program she'll be on, I'll be on along with her, and the diet I'm sure I'll be following quite strictly," said Deborah's husband, Sam.

The women have already received a first assessment evaluation at Samaritan Medical Center.

With her husband, 5 children and 2 grandchildren supporting her, Deborah says it's on her now to not only improve her health, but be a symbol for women.

"It's hard, but I think they can attain it. I'm hoping that us as women, we all can attain and have everything we want out of life," said Deborah.

You can follow the progress on Deborah and all of the participants by following their blogs or by checking them out on Twitter:  @heartCNY.

Seven news is a proud sponsor of the BetterU Program.
 

Sunday, October 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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