WINNING FOUR SUPER BOWL titles (and
being named Most Valuable Player in three),
nine division championships, eight Pro Bowls
and numerous other awards and accolades
did not prepare NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana for his new opponent: high
blood pressure. An estimated one in three
American adults has the disease.
“All of a sudden being diagnosed with
high blood pressure, I was as surprised as anyone,” Montana told The Connection. “The
year prior I hadn’t done anything different
than I did the year before that.”
After his diagnosis in 2002, Montana
learned that he had a family history of heart
disease, and he has since worked to get his
blood pressure under control. Now he wants
to help others achieve success.
Montana teamed up with Harvard-trained cardiologist and fitness expert Dr.
James M. Rippe to spearhead BP Success
Football great Joe
Montana (right) has
teamed up with Dr.
James Rippe to pass
along tips for controlling blood pressure.
Zone, a national high-blood-pressure education program. BP Success Zone encourages
patients to work with a health-care professional to set, achieve and maintain a healthy
Montana, a Costco member, learned
through his experience that controlling high
blood pressure was not all that difficult once
he was on the right treatment program.
“I went and looked at what I was eating
and how much,” he says. “I got the salt shaker
away from me and started exercising. Those
were the biggest things, because I had basi-
f or your
cally given up on exercise. Trying to get it back
into my daily life was important.”
According to statistics, approximately 67
percent of people with high blood pressure do
not have it under control. And according to
Dr. Rippe, it is a very dangerous condition.
“High blood pressure is a very significant
risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” he
says. “It’s so easy to get it under control if you
know you have it. Get your blood pressure
measured and learn as much as you can about
high blood pressure, and our Web site can
Scheiman, a Costco member in S an
Francisco, always battled being overweight. In 2006, on a visit to his doctor
for a complete physical, he was mortified
to discover his weight had hit 427 pounds.
It was all the motivation he needed.
Rather than use an organized diet program,
Scheiman immediately threw out the bad
food in his kitchen and went to Costco to
stock up on the good. “I bought salad stuff,
the Costco homemade chicken noodle
soup, salad, marinated chicken breasts
and salmon fillets and fresh fruit, and had GERRY COURTNEY
the beginnings of a healthy eating program,”
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used to be a different person. His
story is one of loss. But, in that loss,
Fearing immediate exercise might literally kill him, Scheiman waited a week
before starting a simple walking program.
Over time it evolved, and with common
sense and determination, he shed more
than 150 pounds.
Now that he weighs a relatively svelte
276 (for his 6' 5" frame), his
health benefits have been
equally dramatic: “My cholesterol went from 289 to
137. My blood pressure
went from 140/110 to
115/70.” His doctor took him
off medications for those conditions and also discontinued his
Perhaps the biggest
change was to Scheiman’s
social life. “My life went from
people trying to avoid
me to people wanting
to be around me,” he
proudly reports. “I started
dating and now have a great girlfriend. I buy
her two dozen roses from Costco every week.”
Scheiman cautions, “Begin a program
like this only if you are really ready to make
big changes in your life. Nothing is worse than
jumping in all excited, then six weeks later Above, Howard Scheiman in his less-
you lose steam, go back to your old habits and than-lean days with his son, Josh. Above
gain back even more weight.”—Steve Fisher left, the “new” Scheiman.
“My doctor said I should
be the poster child for
weight loss,” says Scheiman.
He has kept the weight off
for two years.