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Healthy EatingTips from Dr. Pagan

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring – and cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. From fresh fruit and seasonal veggies to homemade lasagna and turkey burgers, we provide food tips and heart-healthy recipes that are quick, easy and fun.

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MotivationInspiration from Dr. Durant

Need a burst of inspiration? The motivation section is all about boosting your confidence and drive. Read real-life success stories, learn how to track your progress, and empower yourself to get healthy with these helpful and inspirational online resources.

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WellnessHelp from Dr. Joseph

Meeting your goals is always easier when you have a support system. Find women near you who are taking on the health and fitness challenge in exciting ways. Whether you’re looking for a jogging buddy, a yoga group or a rec league sports team, we can help you get started.

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About Us

Love Your Heart is used as a way to inspire young African-American women to achieve their health and fitness goals.

More than 48% of African-American women are obese, a condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke and reduced quality of life overall. Love Your Heart, a FIT HARRT program, is a UAB program funded by the American Heart Association and designed to promote heart health through diet and exercise. Participants engage in three months of physical activity and online discussions about the program. The target demographic is African-American women ages 19-30 who are overweight/obese and interested in weight loss or pursuing a more active lifestyle.

  • Nefertiti H. Durant, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UAB School of Medicine

    Dr. Durant lives by Arthur Ashe’s creed: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” As a clinician researcher, she’s created an amazing research focused on promoting physical activity in adolescents, African-American women and other under-served populations. Currently, she’s working on developing interactive technologies to sustain healthy lifestyles. She’s served as a Co-PI on the Robert Wood Johnson Funded “Active Where?” study, among many others, and is a recipient of various awards, including the MHRC Barkely Award.

  • Jasmine M. Pagan, MD

    Adolescent Medicine Fellow at UAB/Children’s of Alabama

    Jasmine has been an instrumental part of FIT HARRT. This unique research team and the participants work hard and are committed to improving physical activity for themselves and each other. Incorporating physical activity in their daily routines can be challenging, but FIT HARRT is a way for each person to achieve success. When Jasmine is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and teaching Jazzercise aerobics at a local gym.

  • Rodney Joseph, PhD

    PhD in Health Behavior from the UAB School of Public Health

    Rodney’s primary research interests involve technology-based approaches to promoting physical activity among African-American women. He truly believes that the key to maintaining a physically active lifestyle is finding an activity you enjoy and performing it on a regular basis. In his spare time, Rodney is an avid distance runner and enjoys participating in a variety of outdoor activities.


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Since its inception in 2009, FIT HARRT has helped young women throughout Birmingham change their lives for the better. Learn more about the goals and history of this innovative program here.

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Your community corner for Love Your Heart.

Blog about your experiences, share your knowledge, and learn from the other women in the program. Every one of you has a unique perspective to share – so what are you waiting for? We want to hear from you!

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See how we're making a difference in our mind, body and heart.

  • Love Your Heart Workout
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  • Press Ups
  • Yoga Trikonasana
  • Build Friends along with Fitness
  • The Love Your Heart Team

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Empower yourself to make a change in your life.

Starting today, love your heart and love yourself by eating well, getting fit, and practicing an all-around healthy lifestyle. The best and biggest changes start from within.


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