“Do I have to leave my job to start earning an income in my new career?”

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Have you ever wondered if there was a way to “test-drive” your new career in health coaching without risk?

You’re in good company. This is one of the top questions students in our Health Coach Training Program ask.

Fortunately, after twenty years of doing this training with tens of thousands of people, we’ve decoded the way to best make the transition to health coaching.

We’ve figured out how to do so in a safe and stable way, without having to leave your bread and butter job. And made it a crucial part of the curriculum in the Health Coach Training Program.

Meet the Winners of the Mission: Healthy Dads Photo Contest

A few weeks ago we announced the Mission: Healthy Dads photo contest to celebrate fathers and bring attention to the importance of men’s health. Men often don’t make their own health a priority, raising their risk for serious chronic disease. The contest offered three amazing fathers the chance to win a free ride to Integrative Nutrition, giving them a chance to improve their health and launch a satisfying new career.

We were blown away by the response! Over 100 incredible men were nominated, and the three winners are true inspirations. We’re confident that these fathers will transform their lives and spread a ripple effect of health and happiness in their families, communities, and beyond. Meet our inspiring contest winners:

Kyle Yarian

"Kyle would be one awesome Health Coach! He has 13 years of Military experience, where training and teaching other soldiers has been his passion. He recently opened a Licensed Massage Therapy Clinic and Spa for me (his other half), which has started his rapidly growing interest in living a healthier lifestyle. He watched his family’s history of cardiovascular issues affect their lives. Now, with the start of extremely high blood pressure and other health issues at only 31 years old, Kyle has become determined not only to learn healthy living, but to teach his children and everyone in his life." - Tina Davis

Tom and Julie Meekins Transform the World, One Family at a Time

“Are you tired of trying to figure it out all by yourself?” For many parents of special needs children, the answer to this question is resoundingly: yes. Enter Julie and Tom Meekins, married couple and Integrative Nutrition graduates, Class of 2010 and 2011.

As parents of children with special needs, Tom and Julie know that raising a child with developmental challenges can be overwhelming and scary. Before enrolling in the Health Coach Training Program, Tom Meekins was working in a corporate job in Washington DC, and Julie Meekins was a full-time mother, homeschool teacher, and part-time child development specialist.

This inspiring duo from Arnold, Maryland now has a thriving health coaching practice called March Forth Family that provides much-needed support to parents of children with developmental challenges. What’s more, Tom and Julie inspired their eldest daughter to enroll and transform her health. Read on to learn how these parents set an inspiring example for us all this Father’s Day – and all year round.

What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?
We have special needs children and work with special needs families and know that the nutrition piece is a huge component to getting these kids to the next level of their development. We wanted to expand our knowledge in nutrition. We knew that we needed to get the message of nutrition and child development to many more folks. So, Tom took an early retirement and together we started our own company, the March Forth Family. We educate, equip, and empower parents, teachers, and coaches to help children to the next level of their development.

Announcing the Mission: Healthy Dads Photo Contest!

In honor of Father’s Day this month, we’re on a mission to bring attention to the importance of men’s health. The fathers, husbands, brothers, and all the men in our lives, are brave, wise, caring and strong. Yet oftentimes they don’t make their own health a priority. This can raise their risk for serious health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses.

We want all the men in our lives to have long, vibrant, healthy lives. That’s why we’re holding the Mission: Healthy Dads Photo Contest. We’re offering three great fathers the chance to attend Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program on us! Read below for all the details.

Here’s the deal:

Who: An amazing father you know – it could even be yourself.

What: Three people will win one full enrollment to the Health Coach Training Program to gift to a father whose health and well-being would improve by enrolling.

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Welcome to the latest installment of Integrative Nutrition Reviews, where we consider books, movies, and other media related to health, food, and personal wellness. Want to suggest something for us to review? Post it in the comments!

Two years ago, Joe Cross released Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, an award-winning documentary that chronicled the Australian filmmaker’s health transformation. Tipping the scale at 310 pounds and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease called chronic urticaria, Cross was obese, heavily dependent on medication, and headed towards more dangerous chronic illnesses. In other words, he found himself fat, sick, and nearly dead.

Committed to regaining his health, Cross flew to the United States and embarked on 60-day juice fast. Journeying on a 3,000-mile road trip with a juicer and generator in his car, Cross gave up his junk food habit and drank nothing but fresh vegetable and fruit juice for two months. The results were dramatic: he reached a healthy weight, healed his autoimmune disorder, and was able to stop taking medication simply by adopting healthier diet and lifestyle choices.

Dietitian Lauri Boone Takes a “Rule-Free” Approach to Health

As the healthcare system begins to shift towards preventive care, an increasing number of medical professionals are embracing a more holistic approach to nutrition and wellness. Lauri Boone, Class of 2013, is a registered dietitian who had already devoted her life’s work to helping people eat more healthily before she enrolled in the Health Coach Training Program. Seeking enrichment and inspiration, she enrolled and discovered there’s much more to complete wellness than simply eating the right foods.

Not only has Lauri expanded on her personal knowledge of holistic health; her career as a wellness professional has taken off. She recently released a new book about plant-based superfoods, with a second book in the works! Sometimes forgetting all the “rules” can lead to new discoveries when it comes to nutrition, and using a no-one-size-fits-all approach has empowered Lauri to improve her own health, as well as that of others.

What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?
I was a self-employed dietitian. A colleague, who is also a dietitian, had completed the program and spoke highly of it. I am always seeking out quality continuing education that will inspire me in my work, and I knew this program would offer just that. My initial intentions were to connect with positive and forward-thinking professionals, build my business skills (the Fast Track business-building component interested me), and obtain continuing education credits. Little did I know just how life-changing this program would become.

Maria Jose Flaque Inspires Women Throughout Latin America

After spending years sick and overmedicated, Maria Jose Flaque knew that she had to make a lifestyle change.

She began to learn about holistic health, nutrition, and self development, but it wasn’t until she read Integrative Nutrition: Feed your Hunger for Health and Happiness that she realized she could use her personal experiences and passions to build a career.

Since graduating from the Health Coach Training Program in 2012, Maria has created a successful online health coaching business which allows her to work with clients throughout Latin America.

Her journey to wellness is so inspiring that she even won first place in the My IIN Transformation Video Challenge!

Read on to learn how IIN helped Maria discover a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Meet the Winners of the Happy, Healthy Moms Photo Contest

On Friday, we announced the Healthy, Happy Moms photo contest in honor of mothers everywhere, and we were thrilled by your response! Nearly 100 incredible women were nominated to win full enrollment at Integrative Nutrition. The three mothers who received the most votes are true inspirations and deserving recipients of the Health Coach Training Program.

Mothers make the world a healthier, happier place – first starting with their own families, and then expanding into schools, their communities, and beyond. Plus, moms who take care to improve their own health and happiness can do even more good in the world. We’re confident that these incredible mothers will spread a ripple effect that will transform the world! Meet our inspiring contest winners:

Trish Mara
“For eighteen years, I’ve taught special needs children. My strength has been helping students and their families find their potential. I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to be a positive influence on so many children. During this time, I singly raised two sons. Both are productive professionals who’ve given me much joy and pride. I was recently diagnosed with lupus. Through changing my diet, I’m medication free and have never felt better. Colleagues seek my advice on dietary choices. I wish to fulfill my dream of becoming a Health Coach by enrolling in the next session with IIN.”

Announcing the Happy, Healthy Moms Photo Contest!

Mothers are a crucial part of Integrative Nutrition’s community. Whether it’s feeding their own family nourishing meals, fighting for healthier school lunches, or supporting other women to become their healthiest selves, mothers are making a big impact in their communities and beyond.

To show our admiration for the tireless work moms do and the comfort and joy they bring, we are excited to honor these women with the Happy, Healthy Moms Photo Contest. Read below for all the details.

Here’s the deal:

Who: An amazing mother you know – it could even be yourself.

What: Three people will win one full enrollment to the Health Coach Training Program to gift to a mother who would make a great Health Coach.

When: The contest starts Friday, May 10 and closes Saturday, May 11. Voting takes place Sunday, May 12.

Where: Enter to win on Facebook.

Integrative Nutrition Gives Back to Celebrate Earth Day

I founded Integrative Nutrition over twenty years ago with the mission to make the world a healthier, happier place. When people are healthy and happy, they can achieve more and enhance the lives of people around them. They have the energy to give back, do work that inspires them, and educate others to be healthy and happy. This process of paying it forward spreads a ripple effect of health and happiness around the world.

That’s why at Integrative Nutrition, we invest in our community and donate to charities that are doing great work. When we support each other, together we can truly make a difference.

In April, more than 200 new students enrolled in our Health Coach Training Program in response to our Earth Day giving charitable donation drive. Thanks to our passionate community, we donated over $10,000 to Earth Day Network’s healthy schools initiative. This movement is dedicated to bringing attention to the connection between school environments, student health, and academic success.

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