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The 2011 Champions of Health and Fitness

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Compassionate Medicine: Roseanna Means, MD

By Lisa Haney

As a hiker and climber, Roseanna Means, MD, knows how to over­come obstacles. So when female patients weren't showing up at the Boston clinic for the homeless where she worked as the medical director, she started Women of Means, a brigade of volunteer doctors who donate $500,000 worth of medical care to 2,500 women and their children at 10 shelters every year. The women are also taught good nutrition, given pedometers and encouraged to walk, and offered yoga and dance classes. "Here are women who have lost everything, but they're dancing; it sends tingles down my spine," says Dr. Means, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "One stereotype we're happy to smash is that poor people don't care about their health."

Her own share of hard luck, including domestic violence, the death of a child, and cancer, helps Dr. Means connect with the women. In 2007 she had surgery to replace both knees. Her next goal is to climb Kilimanjaro with a group of women who have had joint replacements. We have no doubt she'll make it happen, by any means necessary.

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lindaeichman wrote:

I like Jillian Michaels and feel that she has inspired a lot of people. I have bought her videos just to motivate me to start any kind of activity routine her messages kept me motivated to at least start some kind of routine.

1/24/2011 05:53:55 PM Report Abuse
c343 wrote:

Great to see Roseanna here, her work is truly valuable. It would be nice if there were a link to her organization: http://www.womenofmeans.org

1/2/2011 03:51:05 PM Report Abuse
TheSpinGuru wrote:

Giving any kind of Fitness industry award to Jillian Michael is an outrage to the entire industry. Her limited knowledge in numerous aspects of fitness are legendary. Her certifications are suspect. Her pulling a seat off a Spinning bike while somebody was riding as well as her kettlebell video is a legendary FAIL.

12/21/2010 02:23:15 PM Report Abuse

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