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Debbie Phelps, Michael’s Mom, on the Olympics, Heart Health and Challenging Her Son in the Pool

Written on February 10, 2012 at 9:41 am , by

Debbie and her medal-winning son, Michael. (Photo courtesy of The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2012, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

There is one strong mom cheering from the stands when 16-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps dives into the pool. Debbie Phelps was an athlete in her own right in high school and still enjoys keeping fit. And as a Subway Famous Fan, alongside her son, Debbie enjoys supplementing all that action with a healthy diet. “I love my milk, veggies and protein, but have to have a little bit of ice cream! It’s all about moderation,” Phelps says, with a laugh.

We caught up with the mom of three on Wednesday right before she walked in The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show in New York City to learn more about her first trip down the runway and whether she’d ever challenge her son to a lap race.

How does it feel to be a model?

Walking in a fashion show has been an item on my bucket list, but I never thought I’d have the opportunity. I feel elegant and sophisticated in the beautifully-beaded Adrianna Papell dress.

Do you ever exercise with Michael?

No way! As Michael’s mom, I feel that the safest place for me is not in the pool. I gravitate to the treadmill and StairMaster upstairs! I’m not afraid of the water but when I was growing up, the pool was a place for fun, not competition.

How are you and Michael feeling about the upcoming Olympic Games in London this summer?

It feels like we were just in Beijing! We’re so excited. It is bittersweet and emotional, though, that his goggles and Speedo will be hung up after the London Games. Michael has brought awareness to the sport and has shown such drive and dedication. We hope to take our grandchildren with us to watch.

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Fashion Highlights Heart Health

Written on February 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm , by

Photo courtesy of The Heart Truth

When you think February, what comes to mind? Chocolates, flowers and candy hearts, right? While our ┬áromantic sides always seem to make an appearance right around Valentine’s Day (willingly or unwillingly!), there is something else that should be on every woman’s mind: heart health.

Julianne Hough: Photo courtesy of The Heart Truth and Swarovski

If you didn’t already know, February is American Heart month, and the Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign that educates women about heart disease. They have made the LRD (little red dress!) their icon, which has become a national symbol for women’s heart health. They even designated February 4th as National Wear Red Day. (Follow us on Twitter for fun facts like that!) If you ever needed an excuse to wear that sexy red dress hiding in the back of your closet, what better reason then to support heart health?!

But the red dress doesn’t stop there. Every February, New York Fashion Week is kicked off by the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, a super-fun and star-studded fashion show. Celebs strut the runway wearing scarlet-colored frocks created by high-profile designers. Then add in some of your favorite brands (like Swarovski, Diet Coke, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and AOL Inc) and it becomes a red hot event!

From singing legend Patti LaBelle to reality TV star Audrina Patridge , everyone looked amazing, all the while supporting an great cause. My personal favorite was Dancing With the Stars professional dancer, Julianne Hough. Her sleek physique and admirable confidence made her a rockstar on the runway. And those Swarovski jewels…who could resist the sparkly things in life?!