1. The media skipped to conclusions when American Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino, was seen about a little thicker than usual. In the whirlwind that has been her life - pregnancy was speculated. Not the case, however. Tapped to portray the 'Queen of Gospel,' Mahalia Jackson in a bio-pic, the "Doing Me" singer is attempting to gain 35-40lbs for the role. Call me 'Tasia, you can have the rest of mine!
2. Not wanting to focus on the numbers, Weight Watchers® spokesperson, Jennifer Hudson, remained tight-lipped about exactly how much weight she'd lost since beginning her health journey. This stance ended as soon as she hit The Oprah Show stage, this past Thursday. Revealing that she had shed a total of 80 pounds, she also advised that 75 of her friends, family and staff lost nearly 2,000 pounds as well. A few of them were granted make-overs to go along with their new looks.
3. Unless your current residence is beneath a rock, you may be aware that February is American Heart Month. In recognition, the 'Pitbull in a Skirt,' EVE, singer Patti LaBelle, actresses Taraji P. Henson and Garcelle Beauvais, along with a host of other stars, came out to support The Heart Truth's Annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show. Raising funds and making bright red fashion statements, in the process.
Cardiovascular disease is posed as the leading cause of death among women. It's a series of inflictions that not only affect those later in life, but is increasingly making its way to women in their 40s, 30s and even 20s. I was 22 when I was diagnosed with Stage 1 hypertension. Not to sound all doom and gloom, the light in this is that 80% of cases of heart disease are preventable. Awareness, better nutrition and regular physical activity - can deter most, if not all, heart-related complications. To find out more about heart health and ways you can support the cause, check out the American Heart Association.
The Huffington Post | "American Idol Star, Fantasia Barrino, Gaining Weight for Movie"
Marquee | "Jennifer Hudson to Oprah 'I've Lost 80 Pounds'"
Health US News | "Stars Strut the Runway for Womens' Heart Health"