Is nutrition the next big thing?

The other day, a staff member here at the school asked me a question that totally lit me up.

“Are we like Apple in the seventies?” she asked.

What a great question!

That got me thinking about the big game changers…companies like Apple, people like Gandhi, and movements like yoga.

And I asked myself, “Is nutrition the next big thing?”

In search of an answer, I thought about the common threads between all the game changers.

And I realized that they have two basic ingredients.

Kimberly Ashton Brings Healthy Change to Shanghai

Prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition, Kimberly Ashton was working in corporate events management and marketing communications.

Although a successful career allowed her to collaborate on projects ranging from the Beijing Olympics to the Shanghai World Expo, Kimberly aspired to use her communication skills to raise awareness about the importance of good health and proper nutrition. She began to research holistic health programs and realized that IIN could offer her exactly what she needed to achieve her dream career.

Learn how the Health Coach Training Program inspired Kimberly to co-found Shanghai’s first health food store and create a business that promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

My story…20 years in 4 mins [video]

I made you a video. (More on that in a sec.)

When I started Integrative Nutrition more than twenty years ago, I was just one person with a simple idea that if I could change what people ate, I could help change the world...

Today, that dream has manifested into the world’s largest nutrition school.

I’m proud of our vibrant international community of 30,000 graduates. Together, we’re making a difference in thousands of lives every day.

One of the questions people often ask me is, “How did you do it?”

So I thought it would be fun to make you a little video that answers that question.

Watch it below, and let me know what you think!

“Perfect” Broccoli: Healthy or Profit-Driven?

Though many aspects of the field of nutrition are still mired in controversy, there’s one piece of advice that virtually all researchers and experts agree upon: eat more leafy green vegetables. Greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, and consuming them daily can dramatically reduce the risk for obesity, heart disease, and even cancer.

Yet according to a 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control, only 26% of American adults eat vegetables three or more times a day – that includes lettuce on a hamburger – and only 17% of dinners include a salad.

Why is there such a strong aversion to vegetables? The reasons are complex, but many people find fresh produce to be costly, inconvenient, and unpalatable. Though vegetables may be the healthiest choice, for many people, they are also the least attractive.   

Are you already giving out health advice without getting paid for it?

Tell me if you’re like me. (Hint: If you’re reading this, you probably are.)

When I started helping people eat healthier more than 30 years ago, it was kind of a hobby that I was naturally good at. I became the designated “person who knows about health”. So people would ask me their questions about everything from weight loss to allergies to…you-name-it.

As a giving person, I enjoyed giving away free advice. Especially since I loved talking about eating well and living a healthy life.

Then, I noticed three things:

1) People seemed more likely to follow bad advice that they paid for while ignoring good advice that was free.

2) I was struggling to make a living doing a job that I didn’t care about, while not earning a dime from what I was most passionate about: healthy living.

Are the ingredients in your sunscreen healthy?

If you’re spending plenty of time outdoors this summer soaking up the sun, then you know just how important it is to apply sunscreen before you do. And while it’s no secret that sunscreen helps protect us from painful burns, you may be surprised to learn what your sunscreen contains or that it may not be protecting you from potentially dangerous long-term skin damage.

How do you know whether your sunscreen is protecting you from damaging UV rays? And does it contain chemicals that are best to avoid applying to your skin? Believe it or not, the ingredients in your sunscreen really matter!

31 Days of Juices and Smoothies: Are You IIN?

As we move into the heart of the summer season, our bodies crave light, colorful fruits and vegetables and refreshing beverages. What’s better for a hot day in July than a healthy juice or smoothie? Not only are they delicious and satisfying, but they also provide nutrients that support our health and prevent illness.

That’s why here at Integrative Nutrition, we’re committing to one juice or smoothie each day for the entire month of July. This is a great way to ensure a daily intake of fruits and vegetables; plus, having a fun challenge makes it easier to stick to a healthy routine!

We want to get our community involved. Will you join us? You can enjoy your daily juice or smoothie as a meal or a snack, and there are no specific requirements for what goes into the mix. All you need is a juicer or a blender! Check out our favorite recipes and resources below for inspiration, and be sure to take photos along the way. Share with us on social media by tagging @NutritionSchool on Twitter and Instagram. We’ll share our favorite shots and recipes!

Jennifer Fugo Helps People Embrace a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Jennifer Fugo has had one eye on the health industry ever since she started working in her father's ophthalmic practice, overseeing the staff and connecting with the patients.

She noticed that many people were unaware of how their actions affected their wellbeing and desired the knowledge to help them make healthier choices.

Jennifer’s own sensitivities to gluten, casein, and eggs led her to adopt a gluten-free diet and to investigate the benefits of a holistic lifestyle. It wasn’t long before she discovered that IIN and the Health Coach Training Program might be exactly what she needed to achieve a healthy and balanced way of life.

Since graduating in 2009, Jennifer has created a health coaching practice and online community dedicated to helping people make the transition to a gluten-free diet. Passionate about helping others identify what does and doesn’t work for their bodies, she strives to provide them with the tools they need to live a happy, healthy, and gluten-free life.

Read on to learn how IIN helped Jennifer discover a new way of thinking for herself and for others.

“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

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