The Role Model In You – Liz Benda, Personal Trainer And Business Owner

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Today’s Guest – Liz Benda

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

My name is Liz Benda and I am 37 years old. I am a personal trainer and own my own training business with my husband Ethan. We are independent contractors out of Impact Fitness gym in Kansas City.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My parents were very into eating well. My mom always cooked healthy dinners and packed my lunch for school every day. My step-dad was also into working out and did so at home every morning. However, I would say that my interest in fitness and eating well on a regular basis came later in life. As a kid, I took ballet lessons and rode horses and I quit sometime during high school. In high school, I was a smoker and didn’t workout at all. I probably ate crappy food twice a day at best. Somewhere in college, I decided that I needed some muscle and started to go to the gym. I tried everything, running, swimming, kickboxing classes, weight lifting, you name it. I fell in love with working out and quit smoking.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

I would say that my horseback riding instructor was more influential than my parents. She taught me to push myself and be competitive. I was a pretty shy kid and I don’t think I had any idea I was capable of that until I met her. The knowledge of what it is to push yourself physically and mentally is something that I carried with me for the rest of my life. It not only applies to the gym, but life in general.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Carol changed my life because she instilled in me the belief that I can do it and also the desire to work to do better.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Yes, I have a step-son. I don’t get a lot of time with him, but it is nice for him to see his father and me working to improve ourselves and be healthy and help others to do so as well.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

My message would be to not be afraid to try new things and to not underestimate the power you have within to make things happen for yourself. If you want it bad enough and know where to look for guidance to help you make it happen, you can make it a reality.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

fitinkc.com

The Role Model In You – Rebecca Booth, MD. Gynecologist, Author

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Today’s Guest – Rebecca Booth

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Rebecca Booth, MD. Age 54, I am a gynecologist, author, and co-founder of VENeffect Anti-Aging Skin Care.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My mother. Around fourth grade I became aware of my appearance, and remember overhearing the phrase “pleasantly plump”, which did not seem pleasant at all! With my mother’s help, I started researching a healthy diet and have never stopped. She loved to cook and helped me make substitutions for the foods I was craving, and that is a model I still use in counseling patients…don’t starve; make better choices.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mother inspired me by encouraging an education – that ultimately led me to medical school. Her strength and encouragement helped me to feel I could have a career and a family. After finishing my medical training and helping start a busy OB/Gyn practice I continued to seek healthy balance in my life and found my next role model. In 1995 my husband, also a physician, lost weight after reading the book Sugarbusters! He shared the book with me and it was another key turning point in my life. My husband’s incredible discipline with physical exercise and nutrition set the tone for our household. I was skeptical when he first made changes to a more low carb life-style, but after researching the implications for hormonal wellness I was convinced! Now with that understanding, combating hormonal aging and its implications for metabolism, mood, and skin is a passion for me.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthyheartWith the understanding of the impact of a healthy diet and lifestyle on hormonal balance, I began to focus my medical practice on sharing that knowledge and wisdom with my patients. Not only did the information enlighten me as a physician, it answered questions that were not even addressed in my medical education and residency. With my mother’s lessons about the importance of education and my husband’s shared discipline on healthy eating, I have not only changed my own life but have a mission to share this wisdom and understanding with others. The message was so well received and needed, that I was encouraged to write a book sharing the “inside scoop” on how to optimize our health and balance throughout the month and as we age. My book, The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age was published in 2008, focused on how a healthy lifestyle can support overall vitality, especially for women who have a unique “dance” of hormonal changes throughout their lifetime. This, in turn, led to the creation of a diet and lifestyle plan I share daily in my practice, as well as a skin care line, VENeffect, I developed with my sister who is an expert in that field.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?


My children used to moan at the lack of junk food in our home, but now as college students they actually call and ask my advice about food, recipes and supplements on a regular basis. It is a great relief to see that all of that work early on pays off, despite the whining their father and I endured. Now we know that the example we set actually had a lasting impact. With the temptations of college eating habits and late night studying, it is gratifying that they know how to have a healthy diet and, more importantly, want to have a healthy diet. One thing that trumps food temptation is the desire to look good – and that is best achieved by a healthy lifestyle.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

One of the biggest issues I see in my young patients – and often those not so young as well – is sugar or carb addiction. This often comes from their childhood years with sugary juices and sodas as the top culprit, followed closely by overly processed carbohydrates. Simple carbs, many of them I call “white foods” such as white flour, white bread, white pasta and white rice are processed to the point of readily hitting the bloodstream with sugar. Just as I did in my youth, and later reformed by my husband’s discovery of Sugarbusters, my main message today is get the sugar out of the diet, substitute delicious healthy alternatives, add protein – especially at breakfast, and keep the body moving!

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

veneffect.com

The Role Model In You – Nancy Bruning, President And Founder Of Nancercize

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Today’s Guest – Nancy Bruning

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Nancy Bruning, president and founder of Nancercize: the Benchmark in Outdoor Fitness. I can’t believe I’m 65. I spend half my time as a writer and editor of books and blogs about health, fitness, and urban design. the other half of the time I teach outdoor fitness classes and design programs for others to follow. I’ve written over 20 books, and have been an outdoor fitness trainer since 2003.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

I’d have to say my mother, although I’m loathe to admit it. I tried for many years to not follow in her footsteps, but I guess she actually did a pretty good job of raising me. She was a single mom after my father left when I was 5 years old. She was an immigrant and at first a domestic who worked for rich people (like “Upstairs, Downstairs” or “Downton Abbey,” but in the US and with a German accent. After the business she and my father owned closed, she became a hard-working waitress.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Despite all her hardships, she stayed upbeat and optimistic. I think attitude counts a lot for health, and I’ve either inherited or learned to be optimistic. My friends have called me “relentlessly cheerful.” This really came in andy after I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. This was definitely not the plan. But I eventually bounced back, and learned to use the experience as a way to appreciate life and help others. I think it’s smart to emphasize prevention. She also never had money, and taught me how to do a lot with a little. I remember being fascinated at how she turned orange peels into candy by mixing the peels with sugar water and leaving the pot on the radiator overnight. The next day–voila, practically free candy!

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthillustratedI didn’t realize or appreciate what my mother taught me until fairly recently. She wasn’t much of a talker, so she didn’t “teach” by preaching. She really just lived her life as best she could, enjoying good food, sharing with me the experience of shelling fresh peas and picking corn and apples at a farm–and walking fast everywhere. As she got older, one of the few things we could do together was to ride bikes in her retirement community in Florida. We would just take off and pedal around for hours, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, the smell of the pine grove, the sight of birds soaring overhead. She rarely overate,and except for a little middle-ages spread when she hit 70, kept her girlish figure. Being an only child, she did spoil me a bit, but I grew to be more generous and less self-centered as I paid more attention.Today, I use her skill at making the most out of little by teaching people how to stay fit and healthy be exercising outdoors, using only the features in a park, such as park benches, walls, railings, steps, and so on. Yes, I’m making orange peel candy in a way.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

I have no kids of my own, but I have friends with young children, and nieces and nephews. I encourage them to play and try to offer alternatives to screen time. Fortunately, they really appreciate parks and trees, rivers and rock, big cardboard boxes and string as much as ipads! Their parents were actually clients of mine, and I taught them how to eat better and they both lost weight. So, I also send my message to their kids indirectly, through their parents’ new healthier way of eating.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Look for the healthy pleasures–they’re everywhere.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

nancercize.net

The Role Model In You – Melanie Cobb, Life Purpose Coach

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Today’s Guest – Melanie Cobb

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

My name is Melanie Cobb. I am 31 years old. I am a Life Purpose Coach. You know how people sometimes get stuck in soul-sucking jobs just to pay the bills, and then they watch what they love slide off of their schedule? Well, I help them by designing custom strategies to get them living a life centered around their passions. My clients experience more freedom and more time to do what they really love.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My mother inspired me to be emotionally healthy, which had a huge impact on my physical health.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

She taught me to feel my feelings. She told me that if I felt it, it was important and I was safe to express it. Also, she was committed to never dying her hair. She was so proud of each gray streak as they came. And finally, she used to throw away the teen clothing catalogs when they came in the mail before I could look at them. I was mad about it at the time, but now I appreciate it. She said, “I don’t want you thinking you have to look like those sickly skinny girls in the catalogs. You’re beautiful exactly as you are.”

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Her allowing me to feel my feelings kept me from bottling them up, which can lead to disease. It also sent me the message that I matter in this world; that I was important. Her telling me I was beautiful no matter what, and then modeling it for me by loving her own body as it changed over the years both gave me the freedom to love and accept myself. I am positive this has had a huge impact on my overall health and wellbeing.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

healthillustratedAbsolutely. Before I founded my Life Coaching business, I was a middle school teacher for eight years. I was passionate about making sure the students felt safe expressing their feelings, as well as loving their bodies exactly as they were.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

In addition to being mindful about the kind of food you put in your body, be mindful about the kinds of messages you put in. Watch how you think about yourself. When your body hears you say, “You’re so fat/stupid/ugly/whatever” often enough, it becomes true, and then you’re trapped. Be courageous enough to go against the crowd and say things like, “Wow I love my legs!” or “I’m so smart!” It’s not bragging. It’s self-love. And anyone who doesn’t support you saying things like that isn’t someone that needs to be in your life.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

journeytowildness.com

The Role Model In You – Sharone Hakman, Chef, CEO, TV Personality

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Today’s Guest – Sharone Hakman

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

My name is Sharone Hakman, I’m 32 years old and I’m a chef, Ceo of Hak’s BBQ sauces and TV personality.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

I couldn’t say it was one person in particular. I grew up with a very Mediterranean diet so that was a big help and loved to play sports. I’d guess I lucked out :). If I had to pick someone who taught me about love and appreciation for food, hands down it would be my grandmother.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

She was a tireless woman. From sunrise to sunset my grandmother would be in the kitchen cooking. Only later in my life did I really come to understand the hard work and energy it took. She cooked from the heart and you could feel it in every bite you would take. That was something you couldn’t learn in culinary school.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Her Discipline and perspective is everything. It’s a challenge, practically impossible in life today to do everything whole heartedly, and yet my grandmother is able to do that. She is a holocaust survivor and yet able to forgive faster than anyone I’ve ever met. She teaches me that words are just words and that actions and one’s attitude is paramount. It’s not easy, but I try to live by those lessons.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Absolutely. I have two kids of my own and although they’re very young I keep that in philosophy in our home. I also spokesperson for the American Heart Association in Los Angeles. I make every effort to get kids and their parents excited about eating healthy and being active.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

My message would be to embrace the culture of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s easier done than said in my case. I find when I host events and simply show kids and parents how much fun it is to cook healthy TOGETHER and commit to getting outside and doing something active TOGETHER their eyes just open and it’s like they found a new light.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

Yes. – sharonehakman.com

The Role Model In You – Danny & Ameeta Kohli, Co-Founders, FetalBeats Inc.

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Today’s Guest – Danny & Ameeta Kohli

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Danny & Ameeta Kohli
Both Co-Founders, FetalBeats Inc.
Real Estate Investments
38 & 34 years old

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

DANNY- My highschool gym teacher Mr.Jones. He pushed me to do my best. That allowed me to leasr n to eat healthy and stay fit.

AMEETA- My dad was a big influence. He always would want to eat a nice home cooked meal rather than go out to eat.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

DANNY – He taught me that French fries were not a lunch food. I learned to be more disciplined as well. He also inspired me to start going to the gym and working out at 16 years old which I still carry on going to today.

AMEETA – I wasn?t a very sporty kid so he joined up with me and took me for skiing lessons which eventually turned into something I loved to do and looked forward to every winter.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

DANNY – It taught me that I had to treat my body and my health properly and seriously. Now, as I am approaching 40 I am grateful for the lesson.

AMEETA – It taught me to always try new things and not be scared. Because of that experience I was more open to try Yoga and incorporating a good workout in my everyday life.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

DANNY – Definitely, we take our kids to the gym with us to go swimming or run around. Our son loves it! When our daughter gets bigger we know she will as well. We are incorporating a healthy lifestyle from the beginning and making it fun.

AMEETA – Yes for sure! It meant so much to me that my dad took time out just for me and I want to give that same feeling to both of my amazing kids. My son is turning 3 next year and I am already looking forward to taking him on the slopes.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

DANNY – Children lead by example. Since we are creating a healthy lifestyle from the beginning for the whole family, this is what they know to go back to.

AMEETA – Try every sport at least once, even the ones that aren?t as mainstream or popular. You never know what will spark your interest or be something that you will want to do for the rest of your life.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

DANNY & AMEETA – fetalbeats.com

The Role Model In You – Valli A. Stavros, President, Flavrz Organics And Mommy

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Today’s Guest – Bruno Sharp

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Valli A. Stavros (no middle name) President, Flavrz Organics and Mommy. I am 52 years young

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

This question is so easy for me! My parents were from Greece (both have passed away), and we were eating the mediterranean diet in our household long before it was fashionable. In addition, my greek grandmother lived with us, we were always out in the garden, picking vegetables and planting. I grew up in San Diego, where it was very easy to continue to eat and grow the foods my family was accustomed to eating.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Work was a hobby in our house…no sitting around allowed!! We did not waste!!! My mother would always say we took our bottles to the store to buy vinegar, everything was recycled. We did not have a clothes dryer for many years…..the sun can dry the clothes, why should we use electricity. I still close the lights, not turn-off, the exact translation from Greek to English! I understood being able to live in the US was a privilege.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Never settle…go for what you believe in. Life is not fair!!! I came out of college, knowing the American dream was a reality.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

I have tried…very complicated answer.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Eat right….Play sports, find your passion! Never underestimate yourself!!!

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

Flavrzorganicdrinkmix.com

The Role Model In You – Bruno Sharp, Dentist Specialist In Prosthodontics

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Today’s Guest – Bruno Sharp

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Bruno Sharp, 51 years old. I am a dentist specialist in prosthodontics. I practice dentistry and am passionate about my profession. I also am a owner/partner in a dental product company – Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My father. He was a well know dentist in Brazil and very successful in his career. I became a dentist because of him because I grew up watching his passion for his career. I am the 4th generation of dentist in my family. My great grandfather, my grand father and my father were dentists. My father was my mentor as he showed me the love for the profession and the care and dedication to his patients. He always used to say “whatever you chose to do, enjoy and do with passion”. In addition my father believed that health starts in the mouth, everything you eat, drink and your workout lifestyle affects positively a healthy teeth and smile.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Worked with passion, live with happiness and always taking good care of your health.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I followed my father’s path becoming a successful dentist and made a dream come true by creating a line of natural oral care products that has my family name Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care company. Mostly important created a line of toothpaste, mouthwash and dental tape that are made with natural ingredients and free of fluoride, SLS, parabens and alcohol, that I truly believe contributes to better oral health of my patients and all consumers that became loyal customers. Also, the line is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Yes, I pass my learning experience and inspiration to my son as I father did with me. I also help support charities for children in need such as Amigos del Nino con Cancer and Friends of the Orphan. I also created a natural Wild Berry Kids toothpaste specially for children for a better oral health.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Be more conscious and help protect the environment. Learn to sustain and support nature, use more natural resources. Eat healthy, practice sports and exercise. Also love what you chose to do in life.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

drsharpcare.com

The Role Model In You – Craig Madaus, President And CEO Of The Bübi Bottle

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Today’s Guest – Craig Madaus

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

My name is Craig Madaus, the President and CEO of the bübi bottle. I was unemployed from my job as a print salesperson when I stumbled upon the idea of the bübi bottle. Deciding to take time and accept challenges, it was while sailing from Connecticut to St. Thomas, via Bermuda that the idea was born. We were one day out of Bermuda and the storm, 30 foot waves and 35 knot winds, broke our boom in half and the water coming overboard caused the fridge to seize up. We had 6 days to go and all the food was rotting from that point. It was then that the idea of a bendable, scrunchable fold up bottle that would be waterproof came to mind!

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin, My mother was the most influential, and my grandparents who harvested fresh food from the earth, natural food was normal in our households. It wasn’t until I graduated from high school and began taking charge of my eating habits (eating out), that it became clear, gaining weight was not healthy for my budget nor my health.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Our family is very healthy, again I believe, from growing up on the farm, we were always active. We had 3 meals a day and rarely snacked. I loved how we grew up and even though there was work to do, we made fun out of most of the tasks. The inspired me to be well rounded.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I knew I became sedentary in my managers position at a printing company, and began running, or should we say plodding at the beginning. I rarely ran in high school, played football and wrestled, but hated running, I needed to train my body to be more efficient in running and cardio. It was during the running stage of my career when hydration became a strong part of my exercise. During the long and short runs, if I did not hydrate enough, I would feel achy and tired.

Now, as my knees have logged an average of 40 to 60 miles per week, they have begun to show signs of pain, so I took up yoga, and changed my diet. The diet, or life change, I follow Dr. D’Adamo’s : “Eat Right 4 Your type”. The yoga is Hot Vanyassa and during class I drink lots of water to stay hydrated, it was after the classes that I hated to carry the empty bottle around with me, in the streets of NY, thus the scrunchable bottle I invented!

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

I am a strong proponent of living and eating healthy, and feel sad when I see kids overweight, I understand how it happens, sometimes it is medical, but in some cases, the parents are living a sedentary lifestyle and fail to promote or motivate the kids. Just by eliminating all the snacks and soda would help a lot, drinking water is the best for keeping the body flushed.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Given the option of being heavy or thin, sick or healthy, I choose fit and healthy, they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but hydration keeps the internal system working properly. That is why I invented the bottle to make hydration convenient while saving the environment.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

bubibottle.com

The Role Model In You – Mimi Chan, Wah Lum Temple Martial Arts Instructor

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Today’s Guest – Mimi Chan

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Mimi Chan, Wah Lum Temple Martial Arts Instructor, 35

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My father inspired me the most to eat healthy and stay fit.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My father is the type of person who leads by example. As a young child, I could see that everyone looked up to him, not just me. He is the Grandmaster of our kung fu system, and has many students and grand students. He would be the first one at the school, and the last one to leave. He was teaching several classes a day, as well as private lessons. I remember seeing him and being almost intimidated by his strength and agility, but at the same time in awe of his skill. Even today he is the first one at the school and is as active as ever.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to train in kung fu at such a young age. Growing up in a martial arts household was atypical for someone in Orlando, Florida. He was also an amazing chef, so I was happy to eat vegetables, and never understood why my school friends disliked them so much. My lifestyle was always healthy, because I had great examples to follow. I had these lessons instilled in me at a young age, and that has carried over to today. I am very conscious about eating well, and also try to lead by example. Kung Fu is my life now, not just an activity; it becomes a part of who you are and truly defines you. The discipline and hard work ethic that I have gained from studying kung fu can be applied to all that I venture to accomplish.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Absolutely! I also teach kung fu now, and it is gratifying to know that some of my life lessons that have benefited me so much can help others too. I enjoy seeing healthy active kids, especially when most kids today are indoors watching TV and playing video games. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, just in moderation, and as long as they get some physical movement in daily.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

I always try to tell children today that staying healthy and fit is not only good for your body, but also your mind. Everything works in harmony, and it is important to always work towards being healthy inside and out. You will feel better, be happier, and also set a good example for others.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

wahlum.com