The Role Model In You – Thom W. Newcomb, Financial Advisor

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Today’s Guest – Thom W. Newcomb

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

My name is Thom W. Newcomb, I have just turned 40 years old and I am a financial advisor with TW Newcomb & Assoc a platinum firm with Ameriprise Financial.

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

Ironically it was my Brother who inspired me to eat health and stay fit. I say Ironically as he currently fights weight issues and it appears the roles have reversed as I am now the one to encourage him.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My brother inspired me to compete in sports including wrestling where health and fitness is key. My brother was at every match and pushed me to be better, stronger, and more athletic than even he was. The majority, if not all, of my athletic achievements were a direct result of his encouragement to stay fit, eat healthy, and push myself to the next level.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

My brother was top of his class for fitness and athletics, was voted athlete of the year,breaking records along the way, he achieved starting positions and awards, and at a predominantly younger than normal age. And while I looked up to my brothers achievements he wanted me to be even better. Many want to maintain the glory for themselves but he looked at me as a person to achieve as much or even more. I never genetically achieved the size and muscular build my brother naturally had, but he believed that by maximizing my quickness, lean muscle, and athletic ability, I could still out achieve him. While I doubted this, I later came to realize… he never did. He believed in me until my own belief kicked in.

I too achieved athlete of the year, national medals, college scholarships and a fit and healthy life that I never could have imagined. I easily could have coward in his shadow, but he certainly was not going to hear of that, he raised me up on a pedestal that without him never would have existed.

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

Yes, I now volunteer my time to youth programs focusing on positive attitudes and finding that hidden talent that many don’t realize they have. I dedicate a great deal of time and energy giving to others with the hopes of helping them feel the way my brother helped me feel. While I may never be able to dedicate so focused on one person like he did,I hope my motivation as well as personal example leads others to the light that I found, which was all originally shown to me by my brother… the one who believed in me more than I did in myself.

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

Healthy living and fitness serve more purposes than just athletics. You have to pursue fitness as a way of life.

Yes,living a healthy life takes discipline ,commitment and sacrifices, but the rewards are far greater than our investments. If you set the foundation now, with healthy choices, you might sacrifice some instant pleasures in life ( being able to play video games instead of exercising, eating fast-food instead of quality food), but you will be rewarded by the quality of life that you later get to lead.

By doing the things others will not do now( exercise and give up unhealthy foods) you will be able to do the things others wish they could do later (enjoy life with no health problems).Healthy living is about leadership and you have to play the leading role in your own life.

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

ameripriseadvisors.com/Thom.w.newcomb

The Role Model In You – Scott Fiori, Professional Plumber, Founder / Owner Of Able Plumbing & Drain Service

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Today’s Guest – Scott Fiori

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

Scott Fiori, a third generation professional plumber, founder and owner of Able Plumbing & Drain Service – San Diego, CA.

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

As a child I did not need motivation to eat healthy, because my eating habits were pretty much formed by my parents. It was not until later in life that I realized that as younger I did all the healthy things, that today are so highly promoted by dietitians, fitness instructors, wellness coaches, and even medical doctors. Building up healthy habits from an early stage is what made those routines stuck and further develop into a tradition to take care of my body and mind up until today. As a child it was a common thing to be encouraged to have a snack at 10 a.m. that often tended to come as half a cucumber sliced in four pieces with salt. The vegetable could vary: sometimes I’d have a sliced red or green fresh pepper, a carrot or two. For an afternoon snack I used to have an apple, a pear, grape, whatever the season allowed. The morning breakfast was rich, the supper – lighter. I ate rarely sweets, even though I adored those – they came in the shape of tasty baked treats made by my grandmother. I was out in the open all day long, exercising without knowing it – playing football, swimming, just running with the kids from the neighborhood on the next mischievous adventure that we have come up with.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My family prepared themselves the food that we ate, I was a witness of most of the processes. It was a fascinating experience, especially when most of the produce was grown by us. I would never forget the aroma of the strawberry jam that grandma made us when we were kids, or the refreshing cold elder juice that she treated us with when me and my cousins came back thirsty from the playground. My love of cooking, healthy cooking especially, was inspired at quite an early age, today my wife often jokes that I am a better cook than she is.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthillustratedMy life will be forever marked by those childhood years, when I was eager to have a bunch of grapes to share it with my friends, or to go climb the neighbor trees with the hope to snatch a pair or plums. Today I sometimes indulge in fast foods like pizzas and burgers, yet my love for the organic fruits and vegetables will never fade. Now after knowing the delight of playing outdoors and eating food that boost your energy instead of making you lazy and sleepy, I am adopting a strict educational approach towards my kids. I am trying to show them what they would miss if they spend their whole day before their Play Station, computer or TV, munching candy bars and chips all day long.

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

Yes, I am trying to make my kids fall in love with homemade food just as once I did, and I encourage them to pursue outdoor activities, there is no such a rewarding rest after having run all day long around the block, letting the sun burn your face and the kids share your fascination for been careless and free.

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

I’d prefer to address the parents instead: do not oblige your kids to eat healthy food, just let them taste some delicious fruits and vegetables and do it often. Minimize the number of candies and sweets in your fridge and cupboards and substitute those with fruits instead. But do not stop there, offer those fruits and vegetables to your kids as morning or afternoon snacks till they start asking for their daily slice of pear, a tangerine or a banana on their own.

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

ableplumbinganddrain.com

The Role Model In You – G. Brian Benson, Author, Actor And Filmmaker

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Today’s Guest – G. Brian Benson

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

G. Brian Benson. I am an Author, Actor and Filmmaker

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

I would have to say it was a combination of my parents and some of my early sports heroes.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mom always made sure that we had nice, balanced healthy meals which included the 4 food groups. In regards to the healthy and fit aspect…I was very active. I was always playing some sport or baseball after school with my friends.

My father was a good athlete and he got me started playing most all of the popular sports at a young age. Little league baseball, flag football, YMCA basketball, as well as golf and tennis. We attended a lot of sporting events (Oregon State basketball and football, Portland Trailblazer basketball) so I got to see great athletes in action. I worshiped Blazer players. I also had a love affair with baseball and it’s history. As a young kid I used to write to now long dead old timers (Satchel Paige, Pee Wee Reese and Hank Greenberg…just to name a few) and receive notes and autographs from them. It was very exciting.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I think that my active lifestyle as a kid…as well as my balanced diet gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone in my early twenties to pursue the sport of triathlon and other endurance events. The lessons also gave me an amazing foundation for the rest of my life.

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

healthyheartDefinitely! I convey this message to kids and adults. It is so important to have physical activity and a well balanced diet in our lives today for so many reasons. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago when my first book “Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy to Use Ideas on How to Live a Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life!” came through me unexpectedly that I realized how important life balance is for all of us. Physical activity, proper diet, down time, healthy relationships, expressing oneself and getting enough sleep are imperative for a fulfilling life.

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

I would say get outside and play! Doesn’t matter what…just get outside. Play is so good for not only our health but also good for our soul. Pay attention to what you eat also. Take mental notes on how something makes you feel after you eat it…if it doesn’t give you energy and make you feel good…it’s probably not good for you.

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

gbrianbenson.com

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 – 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 – 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

The Role Model In You – Howard Falco, Spiritual Teacher, Self-Empowerment Expert & Author

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Today’s Guest – Howard Falco

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

Howard Falco, Spiritual Teacher, Self-Empowerment Expert & Author of two books on Self-awareness and the power of the mind (I AM & Time In A Bottle). Age 46

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

Fictional character Rocky.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

As a kid watching the character decide he was going to put everything he had deep don in his soul into fighting the fight of his life against the worlds best was inspiring. Watching him workout, eat raw eggs, and push himself to the limit was very motivational. Throw in the amazing musical score and I was “all in” on the fitness craze.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

This was the first time in my life that I realized that I could shape my body and condition it to be fully fit and healthy. I learned that with a strong will anything is possible. Because of this I always maintained a highly fit body through my teens and adult years. The movie inspired me to believe in myself and what I could do if I put my mind to it.

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

I convey a message to kids about the power of respecting, honoring, and loving who you are. I offer that with an open mind and an open heart anything is possible for them both physically and mentally. You have to work at it, but when you do, the doors of what can happen for you in a positive way open wide.

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

You mind is the driver of your life and it runs the smoothest at drives you to the best experiences and destinations when you are the kindest with yourself. Your body is your vehicle for life. You must maintain and take care of the vehicle so it can run smoothly and take you to all the places you want to go. You don’t want to neglect it, have it breakdown, and get stuck. The best way to prevent this is three ways. A healthy mind, a healthy diet, and a healthy state of physical fitness. One of the best ways to demonstrate care about yourself and truly honor yourself is to take the time to take care of yourself physically. It is one of the great pillars of a long, happy and fulfilling life!

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

HowardFalco.com

The Role Model In You – Rustin Necessary, Owner At San Antonio Dog Life

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Today’s Guest – Rustin Necessary

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

Rustin Necessary, Owner at San Antonio Dog Life, Website development and management.

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.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

She taught me about healthy foods and how they make you feel so much better than processed foods. She was always preparing everything from scratch and always using the freshest vegetables and fruits. She was always a proponent of local farmers markets.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

It taught me at a young age that you are what you eat. To this day, I credit her with my healthy, fresh-food oriented diet. I now understand the consequences of healthy eating and unhealthy eating. Without her guidance, I would probably still be eating McDonalds a few times a week.

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

walkingdogYes. I try to lead by example. Eat fresh and make it yummy! Make it a fun experience. Teach kids to try something new. Open their minds to variety. I know how hard this can be, but if the right tack is taken, you can open a child’s mind to all things healthy and hopefully impart a lifelong lesson that will help them lead healthier, happier lives.

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

A healthy lifestyle is the single-most important thing in your life. With this, you can do anything you put your heart to. A positive, happy person almost always achieves their goals. And what better way to be positive and happy than to eat healthy and keep toxins out of your life.

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

sanantoniodoglife.com