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Valerie Bertinelli and Jenny Craig Walk in Support of the American Heart Association's Los Angeles Heart Walk

Bertinelli will walk with "Team Jenny" on September 29th and will share her story of why heart health is a personal matter for her

Carlsbad, Calif. (September 29, 2012) — Jenny Craig Brand Ambassador Valerie Bertinelli is proud to participate in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk on behalf of “Team Jenny,” at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, September 29th.  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 heart diseases and stroke. As a national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, Jenny Craig is supporting more than 300 walks across the United States in 2012.

Bertinelli, who has lost weight on the Jenny Craig program, recognizes the importance of being in good heart health, and owes her mother’s life to Jenny Craig.  Bertinelli’s mother, Nancy, lost 54 pounds* on Jenny Craig after witnessing her daughter’s success on the program. In October of 2008, Bertinelli’s mother required emergency heart valve replacement surgery.  After the successful surgery, the cardiologist pulled Bertinelli and her brother aside and told them that if their mother hadn’t previously lost weight, she would not have survived the surgery.

“This is such a special event, and I’m honored to be here today at the Los Angeles Heart Walk on behalf of Jenny Craig,” said Bertinelli.  “It’s essential for people to know that losing weight isn’t just about fitting into your favorite pair of jeans. It’s about being healthy and lowering your risk for weight-related diseases, so you can be around 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 percent of the country will be obese by 20302,” said Dana Fiser, Global CEO of Jenny Craig. “This statistic is shocking and underscores the need for a more proactive approach to weight loss and weight management, 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 clinically-proven approach to weight loss and motivate the public to participate in the Heart Walks throughout the country with free training plans at www.jennycraig.com.

*Clients following our program, on average, lose 1-2 pounds per week.

About Jenny Craig

Jenny Craig’s program is designed to help you manage your weight by creating a healthy relationship with food, building a fun, active lifestyle and developing a balanced approach to living.  Our mantra is:  Eat Well.  Move More.  Live Life.

Our model is like no other weight loss company out there.  Jenny provides a weekly personal consultation that is tailored to you.  We teach portion control, provide motivational techniques for stressful situations like social gatherings and dining out, and provide fun ways to incorporate activity in a daily basis and frankly, having that person in your corner to champion your successes each week.  Jenny’s nutritionists work with food scientists to create more than 80 delicious Jenny's Cuisine™ menu items. Jenny's program is available in-centre and our at-home program, Jenny At Home for easy access, whenever, wherever! 
Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, CA, is one of the world's largest weight management companies, with more than 700 company-owned and franchised centres in the United States, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. Jenny Craig has more than 3,500 employees and will celebrate their 30th Anniversary in 2013!

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

1Triglycerides and Cardiovascular Disease, A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Michael Miller, et al.

2American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2012.  Obesity and Severe Obesity Forecasts Through 2030. Eric Finkelstein, PhD., Olga Khaviou, M.A., Hope Thompson, B.A., Justin Trogdon, Ph.D., Liping Pan, M.D., MPH, Bettylou Sherry, Ph.D., R.D., William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D.

3 American Heart Association Cardiovascular Health Consumer Survey. American Heart Association. November 2009

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