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Valerie Bertinelli teams with Jenny Craig to support the American Heart Association's New York City Heart Walk

Heart Health is a very personal Issue for the "Hot in Cleveland" Star, who will walk with "Team Jenny" on May 31

Carlsbad, Calif. (May 31, 2012) — Jenny Craig Brand Ambassador Valerie Bertinelli is proud to kick off the American Heart Association’s Wall Street Run & Heart Walk on behalf of “Team Jenny,” in New York City on Thursday, May 31.  The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event that brings communities together to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers, heart diseases and stroke.  Jenny Craig is a proud National Sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and is supporting more than 350 walks across the United States in 2012.

“Hot in Cleveland” star Bertinelli, who lost 40 pounds* on Jenny Craig in December 2007 and slipped into that famous blue bikini, recognizes the importance of being in good heart health, and owes her mother’s life to Jenny Craig.  Back in October, 2008, Bertinelli’s mother Nancy required emergency heart valve replacement surgery. Afterwards, the cardiologist pulled Valerie and her brother Patrick aside and told them that if their mom hadn’t previously lost weight, she wouldn’t have survived.  Nancy lost 54 pounds* on Jenny Craig after seeing her daughter Valerie’s success on the program, and got a whole new lease on life.

“I’m honored to be here today, and am thrilled to be kicking off the New York City Heart Walk with Jenny Craig,” said Bertinelli.  “Losing weight isn’t just about getting into your favorite clothes, it’s about being healthy and lowering your risk for weight-related diseases, so you can live a longer and happier life for yourself and for your family,” said Bertinelli.  There is evidence that shows losing 5-10% of your body weight reduces your risk for cardiovascular diseases through improvements in blood cholesterol levels.1

In support of the American Heart Association’s healthy-living initiative My Heart. My Life™, Jenny Craig launched My Heart. My Life.™ My Jenny, which focuses on educating the public regarding the significant health risks associated with weight-related diseases, including heart disease and stroke. Through marketing campaigns, PSAs, community programs, education and online activations, the brand is encouraging the public to eat better, move more and live a healthier life. 

“Recent studies show that 42% of the country will be obese by 20302 ,” said Dana Fiser, Global CEO of Jenny Craig. “This statistic is simply unacceptable, and that’s why Jenny Craig is more committed than ever to helping people lose weight and get healthy so that we can turn those numbers around. As a proud National Sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, we’re leading the charge to show people that just 30 minutes of activity a day can make a huge difference.”

Most people don’t realize that weight impacts their heart health and maintaining a healthy weight can positively impact risk factors including blood pressure and cholesterol management, blood sugar levels and BMI.  Current research surveys show that less than 1 percent of Americans are in “ideal heart health,” as defined by the AHA and that’s why Jenny is proud to be supporting the American Heart Association’s mission to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by 20203.

Through engagement with its centres, Jenny will bring its simple, clinically proven approach to weight loss to motivate the public to participate in the Heart Walks throughout the country with free training plans at
The season finale of Valerie Bertinelli’s hit television show “Hot in Cleveland” on TV Land will air June 6, 2012.

*Jenny Craig clients, on average, lose...