Friday Favorites - Debbie Phelps

Today, Genuine Joy is introducing a new segment called "Friday Favorites" where each Friday, we'll introduce someone new and talk about their most favorite items within the pillars of: Culture, Culinary, Fashion and Fitness.  First up, is Director of the Baltimore County Education Foundation (and World's Greatest Mama), Debbie Phelps.

Culinary: Hailing from Maryland and living in this great state for the majority of my life, I really enjoy seafood.  Salmon, shrimp and especially hard shell crab, it's far and away my favorite type of food.

Fashion: I enjoy clothes that are fun and easy, make me feel good from head to toe and those that put on and get out the door easily.  I mostly wear Chico’s because of the ease of wear, sophistication and pizzaz of the clothes.  I had the honor of wearing a Adrianna Papal dress, in my favorite color, for the Red Dress Fashion Show in February

Culture: In all of my travels, I have to say that Barcelona and Athens have a special place in my heart.   The Gaudi apartments and design elements of Barcelona were incredible and the authenticity and history of Athens were breathtaking and found in every corner of the city.  A fond memory for our family was eating dinner at the base of  the Parthenon in 2004.  Locally I enjoy the Smithsonian properties in Washington, DC, which are full of interested elements such as the Hope Diamond, dinosaur bones and Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz.

Fitness: That’s a area in which I’m re-exploring now.  I grew up as a cheerleader and also played basketball. I want to find something that is beneficial to both my health and my wellbeing, so I've been asking myself  “Should I take sailing lesson, water aerobics, yoga or a zumba class?“ The jury is still out!

What is a quote you enjoy or one by which you live your life: The greatest contribution one can make is in the way they touch another person's life.

Rocking the Red

February is Heart Month, created through a partnership with heart healthy organizations to raise awareness on Heart Disease, the number one cause of death for women.  In 2004, the association faced a challenge when 500,000 women died every year from heart disease, which up until then was thought of as an “older man’s disease.” This month is used as a time to educate Americans on how to lead heart healthy lives and ways to battle cardiovascular disease. The National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI) partners with the American Heart Association and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to create programs that help fund research and develop programming to support heart health for women.  All programs are aimed at helping the cause and all take place during the month of February.  Last Friday, February 3rd was National Wear Red Day and tonight is the exciting 10th Anniversary of the Women Wear Red Dress event in New York City.  The Red Dress event showcases designers who dress women in a gorgeous and unique red dress of their design and send them down the runway.  No models, but heart healthy women in all shapes and sizes. Past participations include: Hilary Duff, Katie Couric, Patti LaBelle, Ann Curry and Laila Ali wearing designers such as Pea in the Pod, Alberta Ferreti and Naeem Kahn.  This year, Debbie Phelps, our mom, is walking in the event.  More fun photos and video coming soon!

Presenting sponsor Diet Coke will celebrate its fifth year sponsoring the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will return for its seventh year.

Ways to reduce your risk of heart disease include: watch your weight, eat healthy, participate in cardiovascular exercise several times a week, quit smoking and watch your alcohol consumption. Small changes over time create big results.  Want to know more? Check out .  Pass it along and start TODAY on making February and 2012 a healthy year for all, beginning with you!