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Why You Should Encourage Your Kids to Be Their Authentic Selves

What makes children the best they can be?

You may be surprised by the answer.

It isn’t birth order, educational opportunities or extra curricular involvement. According to a nine-decade study at Harvard University, the best way to raise a happy child with a healthy self-image and high self-esteem is through emotional warmth and nurturing.

Hurricane Sandy Update: How You Can Help

The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has affected multiple states throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast portions of the United States. Millions have been impacted, including many of our students and graduates, as well as our staff.

We hope you are safe and sound wherever you live and work!

Our headquarters are in the heart of New York City, just north of the Flatiron district. While we’re truly fortunate that our staff is safe, and that our offices have not been flooded, our workplace has no power and is currently closed.

If you just joined us as a new student, you may experience delays in getting your Welcome Package. Our warehouse has limited service. But rest assured, it’s on the way.

Join the Gonzolution with Bilingual Health Coach Chris Gonzales

It’s not easy to walk away from a secure, corporate job to fulfill your dreams, but Chris Gonzales took a huge leap of faith in 2011 – and hasn’t looked back since! A 2012 graduate of the Health Coach Training Program, Chris is the founder of The Gonzolution, a holistic lifestyle company in Windermere, Florida that educates, inspires, and empowers people to get healthy and find their passion and purpose.

A former CPA at Ernst & Young, Chris now works with professional athletes to help them boost their performance with whole, plant-based superfood nutrition. Providing his services in both English and Spanish, Chris is also empowering the Hispanic community to fuel up on health-promoting foods. Read on to learn about Chris’ successful journey and what he’s up to now!

What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?
I lost my mother and grandmother to cancer at a very young age. I also dealt with severe cystic acne, depression, and digestive issues, which began my journey towards optimal health and wellness. It is my firm belief that with this information, their outcomes could have been significantly different. I have decided to shift my energy towards helping others so they do not have to go through the same struggles I had to.

How Support Systems Can Save Our Lives

Amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, millions of people are now facing immense challenges. Here in New York City, we are grateful that our staff is safe. Resulting in the loss of power, inability to get to work, extreme property damage, and lack of running water, natural disasters are often a test of character. Frustration or hostility may be the assumed response from those impacted, but in fact, the behavior we’ve seen this week has been just the opposite.

A recent article from TIME summarizes historical examples of people coming together in the face of crisis. From the year of the Blitz during World War II in London, to the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, kindness has been a common theme in the aftermath of disaster. On Tuesday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker reported zero incidences of looting, and rescue crews, transportation workers, and public officials have been working tirelessly to put New York City back on its feet.

News Alert: IIN Education Equals One Year of College

It’s been 20 years since I had this idea that if I could help people improve what they eat, I could change the world.  The Institute for Integrative Nutrition was built on that idea, and today, we’re not just a school – we’re a movement with more than 30,000 members in 100 countries around the world!

We’re committed to empowering our students and graduates with professional and academic opportunities, so I’m thrilled to announce two new partnerships that will make IIN an even more valuable part and affordable way to attain your higher education goals.

Integrative Nutrition is now affiliated with both Goddard College and California State University Long Beach. That means that your IIN education is now equivalent to one year of college credits or 43 Continuing Education Units!

Sign the Petition to Label GMO Foods!

Do you really know what’s on your plate? Tomorrow’s Halloween, but many consumers are actually getting tricked all year round. Even if you try to make healthier food choices, there’s a dirty secret that the big agricultural companies don’t want you to know about.

Your plate may contain “Frankenfoods” that are not found in nature. Genetically engineered foods are created through bioengineering and can be made from inserting genes from one species into another. (Think fish genes added to tomato genes.) These combinations are intended to bring out desired traits, ward off pests, or withstand herbicides and pesticides used in their cultivation.

The problem is that genetically engineered foods are unlabeled, so you don’t know you’re eating them. And most Americans are eating them every day. In fact, genetically engineered ingredients are in 75% of the foods on America’s supermarket shelves.

Though the FDA deems these foods “Generally Recognized as Safe,” GMOs have never been tested, so no one knows for sure what effect they’re having on our bodies.

Worst of all, GMOs have also been linked to toxic and allergic reactions in people, and to sickness, sterility, and fatalities in livestock. They have also shown to be linked to damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.

While many European and South American countries have outright bans against genetically engineered foods in their regions, America doesn’t even label GMO foods as such.

What can you do?

Celebrating Our Vibrant Community at the October Live Conference

This past weekend, Integrative Nutrition students from all over the country – and the world! – came together in New York for our live conference, while thousands more tuned in via live stream.

We are so proud and grateful for the enthusiasm, curiosity, and talents of our diverse community. That’s why we asked six exceptional students and graduates, chosen for their social media savvy, to share their conference experience on our blog. Get IINspired by their perspective, and then share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Katie Langenhoven
This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference that took place in New York City without leaving my home here in Maryland (isn’t technology awesome?). One thing that struck me about the conference was the unity found among a large amount of diversity. I relish the relationships, knowledge and wisdom I have gained through the loving and supportive environment from a school which is so much more than simply a nutrition school. I am excited to be a wave in the ripple of health, support and encouragement washing all over the world!

Integrative Nutrition Live October Conference

This past weekend, more than 500 students came together from across the globe – and thousands more tuned in online - to celebrate the Integrative Nutrition community and advance our knowledge of health and wellness.

With an exciting roster of speakers, including Marion Nestle, Joy Bauer, Neal Barnard, Daphne Oz, and Terry Walters – as well as a number of successful grads and fitness professionals – the conference was vibrant, energizing and IINspiring.

IIN’s founder and director, Joshua Rosenthal, led an intensive reflection on primary food and opened a discussion about students’ intentions, addressing how the conference could inspire them to meet those goals. He also revealed the new IIN Plate and announced the upcoming launch of Wellness Today, a one-stop website for all your health and nutrition needs.

Nutrition News: Organic Produce Found More Nutritious, Sleep Deprivation Hinders Weight Loss, and more…

That Stanford study on organic food that caused such a ruckus? Some researchers at Newcastle University in England found contrary evidence in a similar study - namely, that organic produce is more nutritious. (New York Times)

Missing out on a full night's sleep affects more than your energy and your immune system. Research reveals that our fat cells also become metabolically groggy, meaning that sleep deprivation can make losing weight even more difficult and may even contribute to obesity. (CNN)

Jared Koch, 2005 graduate and founder of Clean Plates, weighs in on our intimate, but dysfunctional relationship with food, as part of a new series, "Conscious Palate" for Take Part.

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