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Andie McDowell shares her story at Club W event

Best known for her roles in Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral, among others, actress Andie McDowell spoke at the inaugural Wine & Wisdom Series event for North Kansas City Hospital’s Club W at The Courtyard by Marriott at Briarcliff.

McDowell says losing her mother at a young age prompted a lifetime of heart health activism and a desire to take care of herself. 

“My mother died when she was 53, and I was 23, so taking good care of my health is a reflection of who I am and who I lost. I love healthy food. I love vegetables and I make the best salad in the whole world. I love steak, fish and chicken. I eat a lot of fruit and nuts. I just love good food. I’ve gotten into this habit, and I know how to make it delicious and yummy. I keep good healthy food around,” she says.

Traveling from speaking engagements to movie and TV sets and back home doesn’t make it easy to keep up with habits that might be easier at home.

“It’s harder to take care of yourself when you’re on the road, but it still needs to be done. I try to figure out places to get good food and I bring stuff into my room if I have to. I always ask for a gym. I do that not only for my body, but for the endorphins. It helps me be happy; I have a tendency for sadness if I don’t do it. I know what I need to do to maintain my positive attitude. Sleep is really important to me; you can ask my kids. I love a good night's sleep. I do yoga because it makes me feel younger—more vibrant, more agile, more youthful. Good food, good exercise and a good night's sleep is the key to taking care of yourself,” McDowell says.

Club W is a relatively new program through North Kansas City Hospital that encourages women to be dedicated to a healthier, happier life. Events such as the Wine & Wisdom series are part of the program.

“The idea is to create a network for women to help with their health, to bring the community together and to teach women how to be a patient advocate. Bringing in someone like Andie, someone famous who has clout, is important as she is a role model. It’s nice to have someone who is glamorous but has her own health issues to share with others to encourage others,“ says Club W Medical Director Ancy Maruthanal, MD.

Exclusively for women, Club W is built on showing women how to feel good, look great and lead a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s important for women to take care of themselves because we are the caretakers. We can’t do that job that we love, of nurturing, and be the head of the household if we aren’t taking care of ourselves,” McDowell says.

For more information about Club W visit ClubWKC.com.