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Natalia Cooper 

One of Perth’s most well-known media identities, Natalia Cooper, will be an ambassador for the Heart Foundation’s 2011 Go Red for Women campaign in Western Australia.

Natalia is a weather presenter, news reader and journalist for Channel Seven Perth. Natalia is keen to help promote the Go Red for Women campaign and help raise awareness of heart disease. She was shocked to learn it’s the No. 1 killer of Australian women.

She’s excited to be promoting the Healthy Heart Challenge and host the Heart Foundation’s Simply Red Quiz Night.

Perth-born Natalia began her career in television in Perth in 2003 and was thrilled to join Seven in 2009. After graduating from Journalism at Curtin University, she was offered a cadetship at Channel 9. Natalia worked as the station's weather presenter and fill-in news reader for five years. She presented her first weather bulletin at age 19 and her first news bulletin at 20.

As well as presenting weather for Seven News, Natalia writes and reads daily news updates and continues to work as a journalist, producing special reports for the station. Natalia thrives on live television and over the years has covered major news events in WA including the 2009 explosion aboard an asylum seeker boat off the North West coast and a mass whale stranding in Augusta.
Natalia has chosen the 'Be active every day' goal. 

Week 3 update
At the start of the challenge I was lucky enough to have booked some holiday time and fitted in my activity with relaxing walks along Cable Beach – such a beautiful spot to exercise.  Since returning I have been on some lovely walks with my Mum.  On the second week of the Challenge I injured my back so that has set me back a little, although I am still fitting in 4 days a week exercise.

I love my twice weekly morning fitness class as well! It’s such a good work out. After every exercise session I always feel great. It gives me so much energy and I’m ready to face the day.

My friends, family and work colleagues have all been really supportive. So many of them signed up to the Healthy Heart Challenge and they have been really excited about it.
Week 6 update
Unfortunately I haven’t had much luck with injuries this month! I injured my foot a week ago and was on crutches for a few days. I’ve been resting it and receiving some treatment. It’s slowly getting better so fingers crossed I will be back on track sometime soon.

It’s such a shame because I was really getting into a routine with the exercise so it’s been a minor setback with my injury.

I have learnt through the Challenge that sometimes your body isn’t able to do what you want it to do!

I’ll have to take it slowly when I get back into exercising but I’m looking forward to being 100% again as exercising definitely makes you feel good.
Week 9 update
I can’t believe there is only one week to go! Time has flown by. I’m definitely going to try to exercise on as many days as possible.

I knew it would be hard to fit in exercise every single day but I’ve tried to exercise as much as possible. I wanted to stay fit and healthy during winter.

I’m feeling really good about continuing to exercise during winter. It’s easy to slack off during winter when the weather is bad. My boot camp sessions have been fantastic, I’m feeling really strong. They are a good, hard workout. When you exercise you tend to eat better as well. They go hand in hand.

My hardest challenge over 9 weeks has been injuries!! But I’ve overcome both of them now, thankfully.

My friends and family have really benefited from the Challenge. They have learnt a lot about heart disease and how it affects women.