Archive for the ‘Wellness Coach Profile’ Category

Meet Wellness Coach Christy LeMire: Educating Parents About Nutrition

January 13th, 2012 by Jessica Fornarotto

Here we take an inside look at a wellness coach, the choices made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead.

Christy LeMire, certified holistic health coach and owner of Waterside Wellness.

HIN: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into health coaching?

Christy LeMire: For my first job out of college I was an assistant director for an early childhood education center in Roxbury, MA. I believe this experience planted the seed for wanting to work with people on a personal level and help children and families. I often spent time listening to single parents’ struggles to find balance juggling work and caring for their children. I also noticed the food limitations in the school regarding quantity and quality, and how it affected the children’s behavior, which made me concerned.

Have you received any health coaching certifications? If so, please list these certifications.

I am certified as a holistic health coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and SUNY Purchase College. I will also become board certified as a holistic health practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners this year.

Has there been a defining moment in your career? Perhaps when you knew you were on the right road?

There have been many reassuring moments. Above all, seeing people start to value their bodies and their health through the education they receive in my program has been the most rewarding. It proves that a support system focused on the specific health of an individual does make a difference in their life and that health coaches are needed in our communities.

In brief, describe your organization.

Waterside Wellness offers personalized nutrition, wellness and lifestyle counseling. I tailor my program based on the particular needs and desires of my clients. We work together to determine their health goals and I support them to achieve those goals in realistic, enjoyable ways. Education is also a big part of my practice. I believe the more informed we are about how food and lifestyle affects our health and future, the better choices we make and the more satisfying those decisions are.

What are two or three important concepts or rules that you follow in health coaching?

  • Bio-individuality — no one diet or way of living works for everyone.

  • Making changes step-by-step allows for sustainable healthy practices.

  • Food is not the only thing feeding us; our careers, relationships, exercise and spirituality all contribute to our health.

What is the single-most successful thing that your company is doing now?

I currently offer a health coaching program designed specifically for brides-to-be who are looking to loose weight, manage time and stress, and start their marriage off as their most beautiful, healthy self. I find this is something all brides want and often need support in achieving while planning for their big day. It is also an opportunity to support women throughout changing times in their lives when they need support the most. Brides turn into wives who often turn into mothers. Finding balance between career and family can be challenging. Many women feel the need to be a “superwoman” and a little support and encouragement goes a long way.

Do you see a trend or path that you have to lock onto for 2012?

Obesity and diabetes in children is more present than ever, mostly because of fast-food diets and sedentary lifestyles. It is predicted that many of today’s parents will outlive their children. I want to do my part in helping this issue by working with parents and making nutrition education accessible to schools.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a health coach?

Seeing clients find a renewed energy, positive outlook and achieve results toward their health goals is extremely satisfying. We are in control of our bodies and our happiness. We just need to be reminded sometimes.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town in Vermont where being active outdoors and eating home cooked meals with my family were big parts of my life.

What college did you attend? Is there a moment from that time that stands out?

I attended Emerson College. Trying to balance classes, homework, internships, work and eating healthy on a tight budget stands out as a challenge. Thinking back to that time helps me keep things in perspective and reminds me that people often have hectic lives, and expectations need to be simplistic and realistic when it comes to beginning to incorporate positive change.

Are you married? Do you have children?

I am married to my high school sweetheart. We look forward to having children when the time is right.

What is your favorite hobby and how did it develop in your life?

Regular yoga practice came into my life a couple of years ago as a way to relieve stress. Now, I can’t live without it. I also enjoy capturing emotion and natural beauty through photography.

Is there a book you recently read or movie you saw that you would recommend?

The documentary, “Discover the Gift,” is a film about self-discovery and living a life you love. I think it will resonate well with anyone who is feeling lost in their life, career, or spiritual practice and in need of inspiration.

Any additional comments?

I invite you to visit my Web site and follow my blog for healthy tips, recipes and inspiration. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I offer free consultations for those interested in discussing their health goals and learning more about how a health coach can support them in achieving health and happiness.

Meet Wellness Coach Ramona Fasula: Driven by Dad’s Struggle with Diabetes

January 3rd, 2012 by Jessica Fornarotto

Here we take an inside look at a wellness coach, the choices made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead.

Ramona Fasula, owner of Wellness by Ramona.

HIN: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into health coaching?

Ramona Fasula: My first job out of college was working for a mortgage company. I continued my path in the financial industry working in banking and then I worked as an analyst for an investment management firm. I was laid off during the financial crisis and it forced me to think about my life and what I wanted in my career. The day I was laid off, I had a conversation with a friend of mine, who said that I’ve always been into health and fitness and I was great with people. She encouraged me to follow my passion and start my own business. I always wanted to own my own business, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. It took losing my job to figure it out. The next day, I enrolled at the Integrative Institute for Nutrition and got my health coaching certificate 11 months later. It was the best decision I ever made in my life. My father always told me that if you do not have your health, you have nothing, and that is true. Your health affects every aspect of your life. To be able to help other people live longer, healthier lives is rewarding. I could not ask for a better job.

Have you received any health coaching certifications? If so, please list these certifications.

I am a certified holistic health coach. Beginning this month, I will be attending an integrative nutrition cooking program for six months. I will also be working on becoming a certified aromatherapist. Once I finish those programs, I will be pursuing a PhD in naturopathic medicine.

Has there been a defining moment in your career? Perhaps when you knew you were on the right road?

I knew I was on the right track when one of my clients, who has fibromyalgia, told me that she had been through 10 specialists in one year and I was the only person who has been able to help her. She had lost 40 pounds, which is something that she hadn’t been able to do before she started working with me. Symptoms of the fibromyalgia had also started to disappear.

In brief, describe your organization.

My goal is to offer many different healing modalities to my clients. Starting this month, I will be expanding the business. In addition to health coaching, I will be offering healthy cooking classes, Reiki and raindrop therapy, which is an amazing technique invented by Dr. Gary Young, who owns Young Living Oils. I strongly believe in the power of education. The more education that I receive, the more I can offer my clients.

What are two or three important concepts or rules that you follow in health coaching?

Every day, take the time to focus on your “primary foods” and evaluate what you are getting out of them. This includes career, spirituality and the relationships that you keep, among other things. If you are not getting out of them what you’d like to, then you need to make some changes in your life. Unfortunately, primary foods affect the types of foods that you eat. You want to make sure that you are nourishing your body, mind and spirit each day. They are all connected. I also strongly believe in the power of positive thinking. Positivity attracts positive things into your life, while negativity will do the opposite.

What is the single-most successful thing that your company is doing now?

Right now, the focus has definitely been school; however, I have been working on developing relationships with the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Diabetes is an epidemic in this country and it needs to be stopped. The way to do that is through education. I am planning to do many diabetes workshops this year to teach people how to not only manage this disease, but to prevent it. Knowledge is power.

Do you see a trend or path that you have to lock onto for 2012?

I will work with anyone who needs my help, but I would really like to focus on working with diabetics. My father passed away from complications of the disease 10 years ago and I’m convinced that if I knew then what I know now, he would still be alive today. There are 25.8 million Americans suffering from this disease and 8 million who go undiagnosed. That number is expected to triple by 2050. Diabetes is all about diet, and I believe that so many diabetics do not know how to eat for this disease. In memory of my father, I want to help people so that they don’t have to suffer the way that my father did.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a health coach?

To be able to wake up every day, knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life. That’s why I am a health coach — to make a difference.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Staten Island, NY. I lived there for 10 years, moved to New Jersey for a year, and then to Pennsylvania where I still live today. I live right outside of Philadelphia.

What college did you attend?

I attended Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for my undergraduate degree, which is in marketing. In December I finished up my MBA at UMASS-Amherst.

Are you married? Do you have children?

No, I’m not married yet. I believe that in order to have a successful marriage, you need to know who you are and what you want out of life. I feel like I’m just figuring that out right now.

What is your favorite hobby and how did it develop in your life?

Dance has always been my passion. I took dance lessons for many years. Thanks to the television show “Dancing with the Stars,” I really started getting into ballroom dance. I had to stop taking lessons for a while because my MBA became too time consuming.

Is there a book you recently read or movie you saw that you would recommend?

I recently read “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer. Health is not just about what you eat, it is also about what you think. Thinking positive thoughts has a profound impact on your health, so we definitely need to make sure that we are guarding our mind and thinking positive, healthy thoughts. I would definitely recommend this book.

New Wellness Coach Profile: Meet Jessy Hamawi

November 4th, 2011 by Jessica Fornarotto

Here we take an inside look at a wellness coach, the choices made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead.

Jessy Hamawi, wellness coach, nutrition consultant, and certified personal trainer.

HIN: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into wellness coaching?

Jessy Hamawi: I went to Bradley University hoping to go to medical school right after. It wasn’t until my senior year that I realized I had a passion for nutrition and fitness. I started working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at major health clubs in Peoria, Ill. Currently, I am the club manager and nutritionist on site at Club Fitness. Being in the health field has definitely made me aware of and conscious about one’s health. There are many diseases that can be prevented and even controlled if we take better care of our bodies. There is an alarming rise in obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and other controllable diseases. I believe that if you eat healthy by cutting out the unhealthy fats, excessive sugar and salt from your diet, and make exercise part of your daily life, you can make a difference in your overall health and prevent diseases.

Have you received any health or wellness coaching certifications? If so, please list these certifications.

I am a certified personal trainer as well as a kick-boxing instructor. It wasn’t until I almost graduated with my nutrition bachelor’s that I decided the importance of combining my love of exercise and healthy eating. I am currently a grad student concentrating on human and sports nutrition. Coaching comes naturally with the support and guidance of a personal trainer in order to make positive changes and bring balance to your life.

Has there been a defining moment in your career? Perhaps when you knew you were on the right road?

Every time I talk to my clients, whether it is during a consultation for weight loss or fitness training, I know that I am on the right path.

In brief, describe your organization.

Club Fitness is a multi-personal training facility where our certified trainers provide customized workout plans. Our personal trainers choreograph and oversee the entire workout routine to ensure proper form and goal achievement. We also teach the proper way to fuel the body, whether for weight loss or an athletic event. The members learn the proper combination of complex carbohydrates and lean protein to speed up the metabolism.

What are two or three important concepts or rules that you follow in wellness coaching?

Listening and helping my clients in achieving their nutrition and fitness goals and desires.

What is the single-most successful thing that your company is doing now?

Our club is successful at its multi-personal training approach. Also, we have a great weight loss program called “25 to 3,” in which our members are encouraged to lose 25 pounds by following a healthy well-balanced meal plan along with three personal training sessions per week.

Do you see a trend or path that you have to lock onto for 2012?

Focusing on health and decreasing or preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or other cardiovascular diseases, through combining exercise and nutrition.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a wellness coach?

Educating others about what it takes to achieve a healthier lifestyle, the importance of fitness and healthy eating. It’s not just about what a person looks like and what they need to do to be a certain way, but about what I can do to help others feel better about themselves. I want to help everyone in any way that I can. In regards to training, I’m most proud of reaching my goal to become a more fit and healthy person. About three years ago, I was not happy with how I looked and felt. I decided to start dedicating my time to taking better care of myself, and within a year, I had made drastic changes to my physique. Since then, I’ve had a positive and rewarding journey.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. I attended high school in Lawrence, Mass. and college in Peoria, Ill.

What college did you attend?

I obtained my Bachelor of Science from Bradley University and my master’s from Eastern University.

Are you married? Do you have children?

I am not married and do not have children.

What is your favorite hobby and how did it develop in your life?

I have a few hobbies, one being hiking. Besides it being an amazing outdoor exercise, I enjoy the scenery. I also love cooking. My favorite part is substituting ingredients to make the recipe healthier.

Is there a book you recently read or movie you saw that you would recommend?

One of my favorite documentaries is “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father.” This movie has left such an impact on me.

Any additional comments?

There is a beginning point for everyone. All it takes is for that switch to flip to begin your journey. Take it one day at a time and do not beat yourself up if you have the occasional “slip-up.” It’s not about having fitness consuming your entire life, but it’s about enhancing it. Realize that self-love improves not only your life, but also the lives of others around you.

Meet Wellness Coach Michelle Greenman: Ascribes to 7 Principles of Wellness

October 13th, 2011 by Jessica Fornarotto

Here we take an inside look at a wellness coach, the choices made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead.

Michelle Greenman, certified health and wellness coach.

HIN: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into health coaching?

Michelle Greenman: My first job out of college was working at a private school teaching English as a second language (ESL). I had been teaching and tutoring before graduating and now was ready to move on. My husband and I moved to Lillooet, British Columbia from Toronto, Ontario and after two years of teaching and working with bands, I wanted to take on more of what I felt was my calling. My mom sent me the information for coach training, but I was in a car accident and couldn’t go to the training. I spent three months away from work and reading health books. After recovering about 40 percent, I decided to go and do the health and wellness coach training in South Dakota.

Have you received any health coaching certifications? If so, please list these certifications.

I am certified as a Christian health and wellness coach from Black Hills Health and Education Center in South Dakota. It is a lifestyle center that handles illness, drug and surgery free. Although I do consider myself a Christian, the certification means that we did not study hypnotism and neuro linguistic programming (NLP) like other coach programs teach. Instead we learned and I practice the art of hydrotherapy, herbal medicine and natural drug free healing.

Has there been a defining moment in your career? Perhaps when you knew you were on the right road?

At the training, through the help of classmates and teachers, I was able to make huge strides in recovery. Leaving there I was pretty close to pre-accident status. This was my own miracle, because the doctor suspected I might suffer from chronic back pain for the rest of my life; a scary prognosis for anyone. By using what I had learned, I was able to lose weight and recover from the accident injuries. I couldn’t wait to share all of what I had learned with others, and that’s when I started writing my first book, “Lose Weight Gain Health.”

In brief, describe your organization.

I am the sole proprietor of Michelle Greenman — Natural Health Educator and Wellness Coach. We teach classes, facilitate workshops and do individual and group coaching. We utilize proven comprehensive health principles and goal-oriented development to reach an international audience as an expert and activist for holistic natural healing and wellness. Our aspiration is that each client will recognize, prioritize and achieve their health potential and to enable each to experience wellness.

What are two or three important concepts or rules that you follow in health coaching?

We are committed to the audience of one, dedicated to providing each client with honesty and confidentiality. We exhibit genuine respect for values, caring for experiences and honor for personal truths.

What is the single-most successful thing that your company is doing now?

We teach people and write newspaper articles on RENEWAL; seven accessible, comprehensible, principles to wellness. These seven principles are the foundation of health for body, mind and soul. We believe each part must grow in unison to achieve wellness. RENEWAL stands for Rest, Environment, Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Alternatives and Limits. I also produce personalized health plans for clients based on these seven ideals.

Do you see a trend or path that you have to lock onto for 2011?

We are working to set up monthly coaching by subscription; delivering beneficial information and coaching questions to subscribers. However, we are almost finished with 2011, and looking forward to 2012, we want to have corporate coaching contracts.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a health coach?

Results! Seeing people get better and reach their health goals. Giving them hope that they can reach their goals, then seeing or hearing them do it. For instance, getting the notes back that say, “I have lost 30 pounds since we finished.”

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in downtown Toronto.

What college did you attend? Is there a moment from that time that stands out?

I graduated from the University of Toronto. At the end of my second year, I had a dream and woke up thinking I am not going to be a psychologist, but a teacher. Teaching would allow me to positively mold impressionable minds like some of my favorite teachers did.

I lived in Taiwan for a year, teaching before returning to Toronto. I changed majors and got married the end of my third year. Changing my major was definitely for the best, and getting the experience teaching and traveling definitely served me very well.

As a side story, the winter holidays of my first year at the university I traveled to the U. A. E. to visit my aunt who was working as a nurse there. Together we vacationed in Istanbul for a week. That experience as well as attending the university, told me that anything was possible to achieve. My plan after returning from Taiwan was to graduate and go back to the Middle East to teach. Getting married changed that, but coaching to me is a way of achieving the career and life I want.

Are you married? Do you have children?

I just celebrated my five-year anniversary with no children and no plans for children either.

What is your favorite hobby and how did it develop in your life?

My favorite hobby is to study the Bible. I love to search its pages and build studies to teach and publish. I have always had a connection to God. I have learned much about the best, holistic practices to regain health from the Bible. It does say “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

Is there a book you recently read or movie you saw that you would recommend?

I will always recommend the Bible. It is an anchor of a book that has worn out many hammers. It is profound, angering, loving and hope filled all at the same time. Movies that have impacted me profoundly are “The Day My God Died” (difficult to watch), “Earthlings” (very difficult to watch), “Stuff” (makes you want to change), and “Food Inc.” (always gets me a bit upset).

Any additional comments?

This is a career that does all I ever wanted and I love it very much. No matter how much work there is, it’s great to help others. I encourage people to check out my Web site and contact me for any questions or help. Plus I am on Twitter and Facebook.

My vision is to change the world by empowering the individual with holistic natural health activism, education and coaching and encouraging each to achieve wellness.