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PREVENTION & ABC NEWS NOW ANNOUNCE
FIVE FINALISTS IN "PICTURE OF HEALTH" CONTEST
San Diego, CA, Woman Among Finalists
Vote at www.abcnewsnow.com/pictureofhealth By 5/31/08, Midnight, ET

NEW YORK, NY, MAY 1, 2008–-One woman lost a whopping 200 pounds and now works as a certified personal trainer. Another suffers from MS and runs marathons. Both are among the five finalists selected by Prevention and ABC News NOW in the second annual nationwide contest to find the woman over 40 who best embodies the “Picture of Health.” The five women were announced today on ABC’s Good Morning America and are profiled in the June issue of Prevention.  Viewers can learn about each finalist and her charity, watch her submission video and cast votes for their favorite at: www.abcnewsnow.com/pictureofhealth and at www.prevention.com/pictureofhealth. Voting closes Saturday, May 31, 2008, at midnight, ET. The winner will be announced on Good Morning America in early June and appear in the September issue of Prevention. She will also receive $10,000—a $5,000 prize as well as $5,000 for her charity of choice.  

“This year, we received so many entries that really touched our hearts. We found wonderful women who have dedicated themselves to helping people lead healthy lives and others who have overcome great obstacles to take control of their health,” said Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention. "This year's finalists prove, once again, that the extraordinary is possible, and life only gets better after 40!”  

“ABC News NOW is so pleased to be able to introduce these incredible women to our viewers,” said Jessica Stedman Guff, executive producer, ABC News NOW. “Each one has an incredible, inspiring story to tell.”

The 2008 San Diego "Picture of Health" finalist is:

•MaryKay Mullally, 47, San Diego, CA:  When sitting at her desk job for 12- and 14-hour days, Mullally would say to herself, there has to be more to my life than this. This desire to find meaning inspired her to sign up for a self-development seminar. In one of her courses, she created a half-marathon training group. What began as a class project became a calling, as Mullally left her position running a software development team and founded Step Up for Life, a beginners' half-marathon training program for women.  Now, four years later, she has led more than 600 women across the finish line and is currently developing a wellness coaching practice.

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