St. Luke's Hospital Honors 2015 Healthy Woman Award Recipients

Chesterfield, Mo., November 16, 2015 - St. Luke's Hospital recently honored three local women for their commitment to personal and community health.

Debora Grandison, Lisa Hautly and Shelbie Langlois were each presented with the St. Luke's Hospital Healthy Woman Award at the St. Luke's Hospital Spirit Girls' Night Out on October 8.

The award, now in its 11th year, recognizes and celebrates women who not only take steps to improve their own health but who also inspire better health in the community. Whether she motivates others through her own actions, empowers others to pursue better health or devotes herself to making our community a healthier and safer place to live, a St. Luke's Hospital Healthy Woman Award honoree improves the quality of life in our community.

Debora Grandison: Debora's personal history of battling unexplained cardiac symptoms and multiple misdiagnoses for 15 years led to her advocacy 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. Debora was accepted to the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic, a highly competitive national program that trains and designates WomenHeart Champions who help provide community 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. Debora is working on a book of poetry and a line of note cards of encouragement for people living with chronic illness.

Lisa Hautly: After working for years in her family's cheese business, Lisa 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. Currently, Lisa is pursuing her doctorate in health education, focusing her dissertation on self-management of minor depression in middle-aged women. She firmly believes early identification of mental health symptoms is vital to women's health. Lisa 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 healthier and more livable as individuals age. Lisa believes that staying active, engaged and healthy throughout life is important and affects the larger community. She enjoys swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and running.

Shelbie Langlois: Describing herself as overweight since childhood, Shelbie struggled for years with weight problems and bulimia. After she met her husband and gave birth to her son, she was determined to find a healthier way to live - for herself and for her family. Shelbie began exercising and educating herself about proper nutrition, and 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 to help others. As a trainer in the Hillsboro/Festus area, Shelbie 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 from women she has impacted and inspired.