St. Luke’s Hospital recently honored three local women for their commitment to personal and community health. Debora Grandison, Lisa Hautly and Shelbie Langlois each were presented with the St. Luke’s Hospital 2015 Healthy Woman Award at the St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out on Thurs., Oct. 8. The award, now in its 11th year, recognizes and celebrates women who not only take steps to improve their own health, but also inspire better health throughout the community. Whether she motivates others through her own actions, empowers others to pursue better health, or devotes herself to making the community a healthier and safer place to live, a St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award honoree improves the quality of life within the community.
Debora Grandison of Ballwin
After spending 15 years battling unexplained cardiac symptoms and multiple misdiagnoses, Debora Grandison dedicated herself to advocating for the prevention and early treatment of heart disease and diabetes. She has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and diabetes, and now has a pacemaker. She uses her experience as an opportunity to speak out and help other women. “There was a purpose for this journey, and I recognize that my mission is to be out speaking to women, encouraging them to be an advocate for their own health,” Grandison says.
She was accepted to the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic, a highly competitive national program that trains and designates WomenHeart Champions to provide education, advocacy and support on the issue of women and heart disease. Currently, she leads the WomenHeart support group at St. Luke’s Hospital and volunteers with the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Grandison also is an inspirational speaker and writer.
Lisa Hautly of Kirkwood
After working for years in her family’s cheese business, Lisa Hautly left the industry to follow her passion and start her own wellness company. Now a personal trainer and wellness consultant to individuals and organizations, she promotes a holistic approach to good health that balances physical and emotional health. Hautly is pursuing her doctorate in health education, focusing her dissertation on self-management of minor depression in middle-aged women because she firmly believes early identification of mental health symptoms is vital to women’s health. She serves on the board of the Mental Health Association of Missouri, and on the Citizen Advisory Taskforce for the St. Louis County Age-Friendly Communities, a global initiative designed to make communities more healthy and livable as people age. Hautly believes that staying active, engaged and healthy throughout life is important, and affects the larger community in which we live.
Shelbie Langlois of Hillsboro
Describing herself as overweight since childhood, Shelbie Langlois struggled for years with weight problems and bulimia. After she met her husband and gave birth to her son, Langlois was determined to find a healthier way to live – for herself and for her family. She began exercising and educating herself about proper nutrition. She started a blog, “Fat to Sick to Fit,” to hold herself accountable.
Strengthened by her personal success, she became certified as a personal trainer and has helped more than 100 women improve their fitness and physical health. She also has developed an amazing following and support group atmosphere among her clients and through her blog. She received more than 25 nominations for the Healthy Woman Award. “I’ve never felt such a purpose as I do now,” Langlois says. “I wake up every single day and think, ‘I’m going to change the world.’ I don’t believe I can change the whole world – but I can change my world and the people in it.”
For more information on the award or to see past honorees, visit stlukes-stl.com/healthy-woman/.
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