The 2011 Champions of Health and Fitness
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- America's Doctor: Regina Benjamin, MD
- Compassionate Medicine: Roseanna Means, MD
- The Wheel Deal: Chris Carney
- Budding Genius: Donna Cavato
- Tough-Love Trainer: Jillian Michaels
- Healing Force: Kathryn Schmitz, PhD
- Class Act: John Skretta
- Action Heroine: Jessica Biel
- Social Networker: Chris Downie
- Food Revolutionary: Jamie Oliver
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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