Small Businesses Can Benefit From Workplace Wellness Programs

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exerciseballWorkplace wellness programs present a good opportunity for small businesses, according to studies published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine from the Colorado School of Public Health.

Two workplace wellness studies were conducted on the Pinnacol Assurance health risk management (HRM) program. For the studies, Pinnacol Assurance, a Colorado workers’ compensation insurer, offered its small business policyholders (employers with less than 500 employees) the opportunity to participate in the HRM program free of charge including implementation support. The purpose of the HRM studies were to determine if workplace wellness programs could improve the health and productivity of employees. Pinnacol Assurance partnered with Well Nation® (formerly known as Trotter Wellness®) to administer the wellness program.

Between 2010 and 2014, more than 260 employers enrolled in the HRM program, and 6,507 employees participated. According to the study, one-third of participants were overweight, one-quarter were obese, one-fifth reported depression, and another fifth had chronic fatigue.

For the first study published in 2014, the HRM program reported a return of $2 for every dollar spent in just the first year despite being conducted in Colorado (one of the healthiest states in the nation) and largely comprised of small businesses under 50 employees. The HRM program also demonstrated reductions in ten health risk factors including obesity, poor eating habits, poor physical activity, tobacco use, high alcohol consumption, high stress, depression, high blood pressure, high total cholesterol, and high blood glucose.

Previous research indicates that only one-third of small businesses offer some sort of wellness program. Traditionally, small employers have been reluctant to implement wellness programs due to the barriers they often face such as cost, time, and the necessary resources and manpower to manage a program.

At the completion of the four-year program, the second study published in 2015, showed that the barriers small businesses face when implementing a workplace wellness program can be overcome. Of the 260 employers who enrolled in the HRM program, 71 percent continued more than one year. And of those employers, 97 percent reported that worker wellness improves safety.

“Our success with medium to large companies has been well documented but it is nice to see research indicate that small businesses are open to implementing successful wellness programs if the program is easy to set up, simple to use, and resources are readily available,” said Margo Trotter, RN, BScN, MHSc, President, Well Nation®. “Over time, wellness programs can offer tangible rewards for small employers such as increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, lower health care insurance costs, and increased employee morale and satisfaction.”

About Well Nation®

Founded in 2003, Well Nation® is a privately-held Wisconsin-based company that serves companies of all sizes throughout North America by assisting them in controlling their health risk related costs. To learn more, visit http://www.wellnation.com.

The Role Model In You – Adrienne Smith, Elite Athlete And Media Entrepreneur

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Today’s Guest – Adrienne Smith

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

My name is Adrienne Smith. I am an elite athlete and media entrepreneur. I am a member of the U.S. women’s national tackle football team, the U.S. women’s national flag football team, and the Boston Militia (www.bostonmilitia.com – a pro women’s football team in Boston). As for my career, I operate two companies: Harlem Hip-Hop Tours (www.h3tours.com) and Gridiron Queendom (www.gridironqueendom.com).

Harlem Hip-Hop Tours is a tour company that provides educational field trips for schools and youth groups. The field trips focus on Harlem and NYC’s hip-hop industry. All of the field trips are “edutainment” in nature as they educate students about entrepreneurship, history, and the arts, while entertaining them as well.

Gridiron Queendom is a sports and edutainment company that provides online and live action content and events geared towards women and girls who play and/or are fans of American football.

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, my mother was instrumental in teaching me to eat healthy and stay fit. She was a home economist and studied nutrition in college. My mother was a superb cook and always ensured that I ate healthy meals, every day of the week. I was an athlete by nature and she always encouraged me to play outside versus playing videogames indoors, and was an integral part of the genesis of my love for organized sports.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mother led by example. She always ate right and loved to run. My father also served as an exemplary role model. He was an avid tennis player and kept playing tennis well into his 60s.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthyheartThe example my parents set showed me that health was a lifestyle. Eating right and exercising is not something you do on the weekends, or when you’re trying to fit into a certain dress. Staying fit and eating healthy is a way of life. It just became the way I lived – plain and simple. I’ve never dieted, nor done some crazy workout regiment. My mother and father showed me through their lives, the benefits of continual exercise and eating right.

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

Absolutely! As a professional football player it is imperative that I stay fit and make healthy eating choices. I have lots of girls and boys who look up to me and want to know how I achieved my athletic success. Whether I am speaking at a school, or coaching a football clinic, I always teach children that the first step to success is eating the right food. The body requires foods such as fruits, vegetables, and protein to perform at its best. I also teach that exercise is not only good for the body, but it also is important for stimulating the mind.

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

In addition to telling kids about the best foods for them to eat and the importance of playing outside or joining sports teams, I also tell them it is important to talk to their parents about eating right and exercising. Most children are at the mercy of their parents in terms of what food they eat. I try to reinforce and encourage kids to talk to their parents about eating healthily and to go on family outings such as hiking or bike riding so the whole family can adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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

h3tours.com

The Role Model In You – Tim Sinclair, U-Be-Livin-Smart Co-founder

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Today’s Guest – Tim Sinclair

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

Name: Tim Sinclair

Title: Co-Founder

Age: North of 45 – South of 50 – Feel 30

Living: Advocate healthy living and nutrient dense food products at U-Be-Livin-Smart. Company Mission is to provide the best of all Nutrient Dense products while being able help feed 88 Million underprivileged-undernourished in all the communities across North America where U-Be-Livin-Smart product is sold. Work to be a better person every day and influence those around me to be the same.

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 and my wife for two very different reasons. My motivation has come from experiencing first-hand how unhealthy (and healthy) choices shape families and people. There is a physical toll, of course, but the emotional toll always seems to be greater. My mom was a single parent, raising six children. She chain-smoked to survive her long days of work and raising my siblings and me. She passed away too young. Conversely, Sherri, my wife, always has found ways to “go for a walk” even in busiest time. Which seems to be every moment, as we raise four children who are 4 1/2 years apart in age (13-12-11-9).

3. What did they do to inspire you?

There is no single thing that my mom or wife did or do to inspire me – they are just themselves. In my opinion, actions always speak louder than words and if you really look and listen you can be inspired in the most surprising ways.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

As a self-diagnosed “Type A” personality, they have taught me to better understand that we can only live now and that planning for the future is pointless if you don’t have your mental and physical health. They motivated me to explore how and what balance means for me.

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

I do. I am still learning to “walk the walk” and our 13-year old is quick to call me out when I’m contradicting myself. Obviously, this is somewhat frustrating, and a lot humbling. It’s great to know that at least the message is getting across.

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

You have the ability to choose everything that you do, hear, feel and see. Respect your body and mind. Understand that just because “we can” doesn’t always mean “we should”.

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

ubelivinsmart.com

The Role Model In You – Chris Weiler, Performance Expert, Author – Part 2

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Today’s Guest – Chris Weiler

Continued from part 1 of this article…..Click here

By this time, items like white bread and other low nutrient dense foods were unwelcome guests in our home. My father rebelled, but my mother was resolute. My friends would say, “why don’t you have any normal food?” Typical packaged snack food such as chips and hostess anything could not be found in our kitchen. However, granola, vegetables, fresh and dehydrated fruits could always be found. I would reply by explaining to them what I had learned about food and how the body works, which earned me the nickname “V” (vocabulary) by my best friend, who would often say to me, “Okay, now say that so the rest of us can understand what you’re saying.”

4. How did their lesson change your life?

In my recently published nutrition book, The 3/4 Rule – How to Eat As A Young Athlete, http://amzn.to/17MIMH6 I tell the story of how my interest in nutrition began. ‘…one summer day before I entered eighth grade, I read multiple articles on exercise and nutrition. Two things happened as a result. First, I stood up from the table and declared to my family that I would stop using salt. Second, I rode my bike 6 ½ miles the next day to join the nearest health club and never looked back.’

That summer I formed a lifelong relationship with protein and becoming a regular at the local health food store. Think 800 square foot mom and pop store, as Whole Foods did not yet exist.

In my book’s acknowledgements I thank my mother ‘…for introducing me at a young age to smarter nutrition and to question everything.’ I’m pretty sure this was the genesis for my later developing the concept – ‘The thing Has No Power – You Do!’

In our push button society we are conditioned to give our power for physical development to magic diets, exercises, equipment and apps. “Push that Stapes Easy Button and all your office supply needs will be met.” The thing Has No Power – You Do, helps redirect us back to where true empowerment starts – within.

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

HealthPart of my business is involved with youth athletic development. There is not a day that goes by that I do not tell young athletes, including my daughter, ‘The thing Has No Power – You Do!’ The thing, the tool, has no power to give you anything until it is acted upon by you. Your intention, guided by your mind, body and heart determine how skillfully you use the tool, and the quality of what you create. This applies equally to all areas of physical and academic development, we just happen to be focusing on health, fitness, sports, etc. Although the language I use is appropriate to the age group, the message is the same – empowering kids to think and attach that thinking to their intention and their actions.

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

Cause and Effect baby – no one’s immune! Every action you take and every thought you create reinforces either a positive or negative effect in your body, heart and mind. We all have the power to decide whether we make empowering or disempowering deposits in our physical, mental and emotional bank accounts. Whatever you choose to deposit most, determines what is available for you to withdraw and use to power your life.

When I speak to youth sports teams on nutrition, I tell them ‘you are what you eat is true in the sense that about every 6 months we replace a large percentage of the cells in our body – blood, skin, hair, etc. As such, the nutrients we put in our body literally help shape our future selves.

If everyone says it, it must be true. Never accept this Consensus Reality. Always challenge Common Knowledge (what everyone knows, but is actually wrong about). The health/fitness industry is in a current love affair with evidence based research and many are becoming conditioned to holding it up as the final word on a subject. It’s important that kids understand that at best, this is a starting point for further discovery and discourse. This is provided the research is conducted correctly – mostly it is not. The point is not to accept information at face value, especially if it is online. Learn to think your way through life and dig to uncover and understand the root of how things work. It makes sifting through all the Common Knowledge and Consensus Reality much easier.

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

ChrisWeiler.com

The Role Model In You – Chris Weiler, Performance Expert, Author – Part 1

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Today’s Guest – Chris Weiler

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

· Chris Weiler – Performance Expert

· Published author, speaker, trainer, coach. Age – 45

· Maximizing performance in athletes, fortune 500’s and YOU!

· National Academy of Sports Medicine – Athletic / Strength / Nutrition Development

· President of D.I.G.S. Inc. (Devil In Gym Shoes)

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

I was first inspired by my mother to eat healthy. I was 10 years old when my mother was pregnant with my brother. It was at that time she joined LaLeche League, an organization that promotes a natural, healthy lifestyle and diet from birth, which includes breast feeding.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mother became very involved with LaLeche League and over the next 2 years became a leader in the organization. My mother fueled the fire of my voracious appetite for reading and understanding how things work at the root level with conversation, books and research. It was important for her that I explore how the body works, and consistently shared her LaLeche league information with me as well as brought me to meetings to experience conversations and presentations by group members and medical professionals. In our home I observed my mother counsel new mothers both in person and on the phone on a regular basis.

healthyheartMy brother had terrible seasonal allergies that required management during his elementary school years. Since my mother questioned the efficacy and long term effects of the pharmacological choices recommended by the medical community, she declined to introduce them to his system. Instead she began testing natural, whole food based combinations to manage his allergies. Although some of the things he ate and drank looked and smelled gross to me and my friends, my brother loved them and they worked! His allergies were managed with no medication. I consistently saw and believed that the status quo can and should be challenged. I was led to believe that you can wield the tools at your disposal to craft and shape whatever you want to make it work for you personally. This enabled me to see science and research as an objective starting point, but by no means the final word or correct in and of itself.

As an adolescent I became heavily involved in martial arts and at some point began modifying it to suit my needs and movement style. My friends told me “you can’t make up your own movements, you have to learn them.” I replied, ‘why not? Everything that has ever been created by humans started in someone’s mind and made up in reality, including all forms of martial arts.’ It is this spirit of self-confidence, self-reliance and adventure that my mother helped inspire. In my middle teen years, an unknowing co-conspirator named Bruce Lee shared the role model space with my mother. Bruce Lee was famous for creating his own hybrid form of martial arts called Jeet Kune Do. His philosophy, “Absorb what is useful, discard what useless, and add what is essentially your own.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

The Role Model In You – Briana Santoro, Certified Nutritionist, Author

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Today’s Guest – Briana Santoro

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

My name is Briana Santoro. I am 31 years old. I am a Certified Nutritionist, the author of the #1 Best Selling cookbook Get Naked In The Kitchen, a leading health and wellness speaker, and the Founder and Chief Product Undresser at The Naked Label, a tell-it-like-it-is website that undresses the food we eat.

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

There were two people who inspired me at a young child to eat healthy and stay fit. Those people are my parents.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

I must confess that I didn’t always feel “inspired” by my parents when it comes to learning the important lessons about eating healthy. As a kid, we didn’t have sugar as an ingredient in my house, I was fed vegetarian food like millet and tofu, my mom made my own ‘fruit leather’ from dehydrated blended fruit, and my brother and I were the kids in the class that no one wanted to be partnered with on “share your lunch day”. I used to argue with and scream at my mom constantly. I would tell her how bad a mother she was because I wasn’t allowed to have Joe-Louie’s and Flakies like all the other kids. I was angry that my peanut butter didn’t say skippy on the container, and that my bread was brown instead of white. However, lucky for me they ignored me on this issue and continued to feed me a diet filled with whole, natural foods. I didn’t realize it at the time, but what I later came to realize is that as much as it annoyed me at the time, they gave me one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child (right up with there love), and that is the gift of health. They helped to ensure that I created a healthy body and along they way taught me about the importance and power of good healthy food.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthyheartLater when I left home and started cooking for myself I quickly realized how horrible my body felt when I wasn’t eating ‘mamma’s’ cooking! I realized that if I fed myself healthy foods I would be healthy and feel amazing. This is when my interest in food started to really develop. I started reading a lot about food and became extremely interested in where our food came from. At the time I was working in Business Strategy Consulting. I was the one in the lunchroom telling everyone how the food they were eating was hurting their body. I always saw food as a passion more than a career. However, one day I took it a step further. I decided to follow my passion and go back to school where I became a Certified Nutritionist. I will be forever grateful to my parents for the health they gave me as a child and for the inspiration they gave me to have the health I desire as an adult.

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

I am passionate about spreading information about health with everyone I meet. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than knowing I have been able to pay-it-forward and give the gift of health to someone else.

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

My main message to children today would be to open their eyes to what is in the food they are eating and how those food choices impact their body. Warning kids about the risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t often resinate with them. However, demonstrating how food can help them get better grades in school, clear up acne, give them more energy, and even improves their looks can be more effective.

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

TheNakedLabel.com

The Wonderful Wellness Benefits Of A Spa

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thumbsupA hot tub is a lot more than meets the eye. It is not just an item of luxury; but, something that means different things to different people. It might be a therapeutic remedy for someone who is feeling tired and worn out. It acts like an entertainment package for a working mother who wants to spend some fun time with her family.

It is the best exercise equipment for an overweight person struggling to shed weight. That’s the kind of expectation from single equipment – to provide for and prove its worth on multiple aspects. Luckily, a Master spa fulfils most of the expectations that have been set for it. By now, you might have got the answer to why investing in one is a prudent idea.

Wellness with Spa and Hot tub Therapy

You may not be able to imagine the kind of benefits that something as simple as water offers. The truth however is that water has been deployed in treating chronic illnesses since ages. Harnessed in different ways, the properties of water, such as its buoyancy, current, flow and temperature, are used to cure issues like arthritis, weight and more. The following are some of the health and fitness related advantages that one can reap using a spa.

1. Relaxation for Tired Muscles: Spending only thirty to forty minutes out of your entire day, in a spa, can ease off the strain and muscles that your muscles experience. Hot tub therapy can also minimize joint pain – great news for those suffering from arthritis.

2. Cure for Fibromyalgia: For those who don’t know, fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition in which the one suffering from it complains of pain and stiffness in the body, fatigue and poor blood circulation. Warm water bath is an age old remedy for treating such symptoms. Hot tubs are therefore effective in soothing the condition.

3. Weight Loss: There is only one definite cure for weight issues. And that is exercise. However, people who are extremely overweight or are obese, are asked to refrain from strenuous exercise.

The end result is that they are not able to shed too much weight. The strain that exercise causes on their joints and muscles can cause more harm than any good that exercise can ever do. That is where the role of spas and hot tubs comes into play. Because the water in the vessel creates buoyancy, the person feels weightless. There is minimum pressure on the joints; hence there is least risk of injuring the bones or the muscles.

Exercising In a Spa

Since everyone can’t afford a swimming pool or gymnasium, spas are a feasible alternative to be considered if you wish to keep in shape. Exercising in a hot tub has far more benefits that exercising otherwise could have. If you wish to keep your workout comfortable, Master Spa hot tubs are the best thing for you. You can even meditate in them!

The Role Model In You – Ethan Benda, Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach

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Today’s Guest – Ethan Benda

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

Ethan Benda, Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach, 39 yrs. old, I have been a Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach for over 13 years.

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

I was raised mostly by a single mother, my uncle Mark was only a little older than me. He was the one that got me playing sports. I remember when I was 7 or 8 years old he introduced me to weight training–just some basic exercises using those old plastic dumbbells that you could buy at Sears. Something about the experience stuck with me. I kept adding to my exercise routine–pushups, sit-ups, just basic stuff.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

I will never really know what it was that Mark said or did that made exercise stick for me. I think I just recognized that HE was a fit and healthy person. He was athletic and was always willing to introduce me to new sports. He encouraged me a lot, which I think helped.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

That CREATED my life. I don’t know any other lifestyle than athletics and being fit. It was so important to me as a kid that I taught others in the neighborhood how to exercise. I was that weird kid in the neighborhood that built obstacle courses and made the other kids do pushup and sit-up contests. I think if I never became a trainer, I would feel empty now.

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

I have an 8 year old boy. He has been familiar with gyms since he was born. I am VERY conscious of teaching him a healthy lifestyle. He knows about eating healthy and being active. I still compete in natural bodybuilding and Jiu-Jitsu, and try to take him with me to my competitions to show him sportsmanship and what that type of competition is about.. His step-mom is also a Trainer and Fitness Competitor. I think it’s cool that he gets to see women being strong, active and healthy also.

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

Play. Play a lot. Stay active. Find a role model that lives a healthy lifestyle and follow their example. Kids are smart. They know what’s healthy. It’s usually the parents that force bad habits onto kids. Sometimes it’s the kids that need to educate the adults.

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

FitInKC.com

The Role Model In You – Jim Johnson, Teacher, Coach, Motivational Speaker And Author

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Today’s Guest – Jim Johnson

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

Jim Johnson, High School Physical Education Teacher, Varsity Boys Basketball coach and Motivational Speaker, and author of A Coach and a Miracle. Age 54. I presently work as a teacher and coach. Will be
retiring in June of 2014 to become a full-time speaker and workshop leader.

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

The person who inspired be to have a healthy lifestyle was my Dad. My Dad was my high school P.E. teacher and basketball coach. He loved to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. He was a wonderful role model for me.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My Dad practiced what he preached. He took great care of himself by exercising consistently, eating many fruits and vegetable and doing things in moderation. My Dad turns 80 this year and is still in
excellent health. I attribute that to the positive health habits he established early in his life.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthillustratedThe way my Dad lives his life inspired me to create healthy habits early in my life that I still maintain. My Dad always emphasized moderation in everything you do and take care of your health. He is a wonderful role model for me.

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

My personal mission is to be an outstanding role model who makes a positive difference in the world by helping others have their dreams come true. It was very important for my wife and me to be great role models for our son. We emphasized having an exercise plan, eat the right foods, and get enough rest. We also taught our son different ideas to help cope with stress such as meditation. My wife and I are both Physical Education teachers and #1 we want to be great role models for a healthy lifestyle for our students. We also research a lot on the most up to date health ideas that we share with our son and our students. My wife and I exercise almost every day.

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

My main message I share with my students is to lead an active person. I highly recommend that they find an exercise, sport, or activity that makes them a mover. We also share the most recent nutrition
information. I also believe that you have give children positive habits to deal with stress. Getting enough rest is a high priority.

A quote I love is: Live your life so when a child thinks of a person of integrity, they think of you.

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

coachjimjohnson.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