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Valerie Bertinelli

The Womens Conference

How She Empowers Others

Valerie Bertinelli is an actress and a health and weight-loss activist.  Best known for her role on CBS's popular sit-com, One Day at a Time, Bertinelli slowly gained weight over the years, but has since become a spokesperson for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program and has lost 40 pounds as of January 2008.  Her best-selling autobiography, Losing It - And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time details her attempts to maintain a healthy self-image while dealing with social pressures to look and act a certain way, and to overcome career insecurities and relationship problems.