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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

hulaAt a recent wedding I attended, the bride arrived to the ceremony with 50 hula hoops in her limo. What’s all the “hoopla about,” we collectively thought? It was her idea for after-wedding entertainment, symbolizing the wedding rings, a circle of friends and good, healthy fun. Cute!

Not wanting to miss a trend, I Googled all about hula hoops and found that a recent study had been commissioned by the American Council on Exercise. The researchers found that a 30-minute hoop workout burned 210 calories, on average—comparable to the exertion of boot camp workouts, step aerobics and cardio kickboxing. They also recommend hooping for cardio-vascular exercise because it sustains heart rhythm and strengthens the heart muscle. Hooping also helps build up your core strength, increases balance and overall flexibility. Your arms and legs get a good workout, too.

Some gyms offer classes in hooping, or you can practice at home with DVD’s or go online for instruction: http://www.wikihow.com/Hula-Hoop

Hula hoops come in different adult sizes (37 to 45 inches) and weights (1 to 4 pounds). Bigger, heavier hoops are best for beginners. They are called weighted hula hoops. Bigger ones also allow for slower rotations, which might enable you to hoop longer and thus burn more calories. Average calorie burn for 30 minutes of active hooping is 210 calories as opposed to 60-100 calories burned per mile when walking, depending on weight.

I hauled out, and dusted off, out my old hula hoop from the 60’s and started using it. In no time at all, I had the almost-forgotten technique back and I’m loving it. I have so much energy after a hooping session and I Love that I can work it inside or outdoors depending on the weather. My hula hoop and I have become fast friends, once again.

The extra bonus for hooping is that it provides many laughs, much enjoyment and has endless possibilities for routines, tricks and world class sports. Everyone* can participate and make hooping a family adventure.

It’s certainly something to consider adding to a workout routine. I’m sure the happy bride and groom are hooping their way to marital bliss as I write this.

* If you have back pain, be sure to consult your doctor to make sure this is an appropriate activity for you.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

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 – 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 – Benjamin Ritter, MBA, MPH, Co-Founder Of Suave Lover International, Author

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Today’s Guest – Benjamin Ritter

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

Benjamin Ritter, MBA, MPH, Co-Founder of Suave Lover International and Author of The Essentials, 28 years old. I am a private relationship-and-social-dynamics consultant in the areas of public health, fitness, and social dynamics, a writer and editor for Ask Men.com, the interpersonal relationships columnist for examiner.com, and a Group Systems Analyst for a large hospital.

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 father were the first step to my personal inspiration to eat healthy and stay fit. I respect both of them completely and I am thankful every day that I grew up in a loving and supportive home. There was a time when my parents thought they knew a better direction for me to go and I persisted despite their disapproval, but never without their support. Many people don’t get that type of opportunity.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Role models are practically non-existent. I was extremely lucky to have parents that emulated specific traits that have been crucial to my growth and success but taught me to appreciate lessons from others, in books, movies, religious studies, etc. They taught me how to learn, value knowledge and experiences. I was encouraged to play sports, the violin, sing, learn another language, travel, and more. They taught me how to explore.

In regards to health and fitness my mother and father didn’t tell me not to eat specific foods or workout. Other than just being an active family, evening walks were the norm, my mom took me on her morning jogs and I learned from her daily workouts that fitness was a lifestyle. My father was also very active. He use to take me to his construction jobs and taught me how to play sports. Then, when I was playing on specific sports teams, my father would always make sure I could get to practice and games, even if he had to drive for 2 hours, stay the entire time and drive me home. I can never thank him enough.

As for food, I wasn’t forced to make healthy choices, and whole wheat didn’t come into the picture until I was much older, but meals were basically healthy, portions were proper and there was not an abundance of junk food. I learned to love drinking just water, value cooking and was given weekly chores I had to fulfill. I was taught to be respectful, hardworking, independent and financially responsible through how they acted. I don’t quite remember how I became as passionate and dedicated to a goal as I am (which I coin the reason to my success), but I do know I was happy and had the support and direction I needed.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthywordsTheir lessons, as much as I can remember, formed the foundation I needed. It made me moral, enjoy an active lifestyle, goal oriented and responsible. I am unsure where my passion came from, but I know that I wouldn’t have known what direction to take without starting out on the right road.

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

Kids use to become apprentices in a specific trade and learn life lessons and skills. Now kids are taught they can be anything, but this anything has very little direction without the role models of the past. Sadly the media tends to focus and highlight the antics of personalities like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber and these are the people children attempt to emulate. I convey that role models today are not people but specific skills.

One of my professional careers is instilling and consulting/coaching towards those types of positive lessons; how to find the right path, what people display the traits and skills you need to get there, how did they develop these traits or skills, how can you, who do you have to meet to learn these traits or skills, how to keep improving, how to form relationships, instill happiness, etc.

I also try and do the same in my personal relationships. I offer business consulting as well as dating and relationship consulting to my friends in a less professional manner. If you focus on leaving everyone better than you found them, you will not only have more fulfilling relationships but a very strong network to help you reach your own goals.

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

Create a plan that is not set in stone, but leads towards something. Find people that have the skills that can help you get there. Figure out how to develop those skills (read, watch videos, join groups, network, etc.)

I also highly suggest learning how to mediate and once a day without any distractions think about yourself, your goals, your relationships and anything that you would like to figure out for at least 20 minutes. Ask yourself for answers with a clear mind. After the time passes write down what you’ve discovered. We don’t take enough time away from our cell phones, social media, errands, social life, etc. for ourselves. How can we ever truly know how we feel or what we need when we don’t give ourselves the time to even listen to our own thoughts or advice?

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

benjamin-ritter.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 – 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 – Rob Berberian, D.O., Physician, Integrative Medicine And Spiritual Wellness

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Today’s Guest – Dr. Rob Berberian

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

Hi! I’m Dr. Rob Berberian, D.O. and I’m 34 years old. I am a double board certified physician, specializing in Integrative Medicine and Spiritual Wellness. I am in private practice in Santa Monica, CA and the founder of Whole Health & Soul.

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 my inspiration to lead a healthy lifestyle even as a child and young adolescent. My parents, being in the medical field, had a great source of knowledge that they were passionate about sharing with me to make sure that being healthy was an integral part of my life.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

As a child, you are easily influenced by people in your life, in good and bad ways. I have been fortunate to have amazing parents who shared their love and knowledge with me to shape and guide my life. Education, coupled with love, set the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle at an early age.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Learning about food and nutrition really affected the choices I made when I was not at home. Being out with friends or at school, you are faced with food options that may not be healthy. Being knowledgeable and consistent in your choices is essential for maintaining health.

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

healthillustratedAs an Integrative Medicine physician, a big part of my practice is dedicated to helping my patients make the right choices when it comes to life and food. Millions of Americans have their struggles with food and it is very unfortunate that childhood obesity is a growing epidemic. The most important people in a child’s life are their parents, who have to set the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle and as a physician I help both the parents and their children make the right daily decisions to stay healthy.

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

When we are young, we take our health for granted. It is never too early to start making the right decisions to eat healthy and stay active. It is a lot easier to prevent disease, than to treat it once we become sick. So make the healthy choices today to help prevent diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer and other illnesses in the future.

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

www.wholehealthandsoul.com

The Role Model In You – Anne Kirvan, Performance Coach

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Today’s Guest – Anne Kirvan

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

Anne Kirvan, performance coach, 56. I work in leadership development.

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, I didn’t think about it. I ate what we had in the house and hot lunch at school. I was active by nature; I loved to run around, engage in active outdoor games like kickball, and often went with friends to play on the playground. Later, as a college student, I gained a few pounds and my oldest sister gave me a little talking to.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

When I was home on break, my oldest sister — tall and thin, still today — took a gentle hold of the little buldge, and simply said, “you need to get rid of this”. That was it! I was inspired. I thought, oh my, this must be really something for her to say that.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I stopped eating the foods that if I started on, I couldn’t stop eating. I found it much easier to avoid difficult foods, rather than limit them. I easily dropped the extra pounds and have used this plan throughout my life. Doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally eat (too much of) those foods; I do, and thoroughly enjoy them! But (the key is) I rarely touch them.

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

I’m not around many children these days, but when my adult son was growing up, I shared the wisdom with him and he continues to use it to maintain a healthy weight. I do share it with clients who are working on weight loss and developing healthy eating habits.

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

Have fun! Do what you love to do!

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

annekirvan.com