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Finding Her Balance - Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health

Meet Tanya, a very motivated woman who decided to join the IAWH Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) Hypertension Control Program after hearing about the program on her favorite radio show. She grew up in West Philadelphia, but has spent most of her adult life in the Washington, D.C. area, where she feels at home. Tanya has adopted a healthy cooking regime which has not only led to many physical benefits, but also provides her with much comfort and relaxation. Tanya loves walking in the park and has even found a walking buddy through the IAWH program. She wants to spread the message, “Love others enough by loving yourself.” Continue reading to learn more about Tanya and her health journey.

Q: Tell us about yourself. For example, where were you born, what you do for a living, your hobbies/interests/activities, how long have you lived where you live now? If you are not native to where you currently live, what brought you there?

A: I am a 62y/o hypertensive African American woman. I currently live in the Adams Morgan subdivision of Northwest Washington, DC. I have lived in Adams Morgan for six of my forty years in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. I am an educator and personal assistant.

I was born and raised in West Philadelphia and attended Philadelphia schools. I also attended Temple University through my sophomore year and then attended Virginia Union University for 3 years. I then moved to DC to attend Howard University's School of Engineering. This geographic area has always presented opportunities for growth, as well as, a wide range of diverse cultural spaces. In DC I felt a sense of belonging and familiarity among the brownstones, the history and tree-lined streets of this city. I enjoy long scenic walks in and around Rock Creek Park. My favorite past-times include listening to jazz, attending plays and concerts and gardening. Recently, I discovered that creating healthy meals is relaxing. I get a rewarding feeling, while cutting, slicing and preparing wholesome healthy and tasty meals.

I never took the prescription to be filled at the pharmacy. Diet changes did not happen. Sodium intake remained detrimentally the same. Nothing changed, if nothing changed!