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2012 Half-Year in Review

Can you believe we’re already halfway through 2012? Where is the time going? So much has happened this year at Integrative Nutrition, and in the world of health and wellness. Here are some of the highlights:

January

Sue Brown, Class of 2011

We announced our first Transformation Contest winner: Sue Brown, Class of 2011, who lost 52 pounds in 52 weeks at age 52! Since transforming her own health and happiness, she continues to spread the ripple effect by coaching others to greater health and happiness.

Paula Deen announced that she has type 2 diabetes. The queen of Southern cuisine raised eyebrows when she mentioned that she would be managing her disease with a diabetes drug, for which she was a paid spokesperson, and not by changing her diet.

Wellness Warrior Jessica Ainscough Blogs for Health

Many Health Coaches have taken their nutrition and wellness knowledge to the web, using blogging as a platform to connect with their clients and other interested readers. It’s a great way to share recipes, advice and daily reflections, but with so many wellness bloggers out there, how can you stand out?

One way is to have a great story, like 2011 Integrative Nutrition graduate Jessica Ainscough. After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Epithelioid Sarcoma, the Australia native took it into her own hands to get better. She had no option but to trade in her fast-paced lifestyle, complete with cocktails and microwaved dinners, but as she says, “it turned out to be the greatest blessing.”

The IINsider’s Digest: Reactions to the Health Care Decision, A Newly Approved Weight Loss Pill, and More…

The Supreme Court Health Care Decision was announced, the health community reacted on Twitter, and you can find out how this will impact you as an individual. (Huffington Post)

Statistics show that “more than two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese,” and the FDA approved the first new weight loss pill in thirteen years. (MSNBC)

What’s different about the newly approved weight loss pill? Here are five things you need to know about Belviq. (TIME)

Preserving food for shelf life sacrifices not only the nutritional benefits, but also the texture and flavor. These scientists are trying to make preserved food actually taste good. (Popsci)

How to Inspire Your Family Without Force

Whether you’re already a Health Coach, or simply passionate about health and wellness, you know that positively affecting your closest friends and family often presents the biggest challenges. Why don’t they just listen and do what’s best for them?

To you, eating whole foods, exercising, drinking water, and making time for self-care are the obvious steps to health and happiness. Watching family or close friends experience difficulties that you know can be alleviated with simple lifestyle adjustments is disheartening, if not outright frustrating.

Then again, have your frequent reminders about eating more vegetables been effective? Have your nocturnal raids of all processed snacks stopped your family from craving “junk food”? If the answer is “no,” then perhaps it’s time for a new approach.  

We Asked, You Answered

We love interacting with our Integrative Nutrition community online, including our Facebook page! This week we learned that many people know the exact moment at which they made a life-changing decision.

    We asked:

    When did you decide? 

    I want to be healthy.

    You answered:

    Lots of times over the years. Thirteen months ago, I committed to doing something about it. Haven't looked back since! – Suzanne P.

    The IINsider’s Digest: Dirtying Up Our Diets, Why “Not Having Time to Cook” is a “Big Lie”, and more...

    Are you an avid user of hand-sanitizer? Do you look at dirt-covered produce with disgust? Jeff D. Leach argues our germ-phobia may be hindering our health, and increasing allergic and autoimmune disorders. (New York Times)

    Food historian Laura Shapiro challenges the notion that we "don't have time to cook", arguing that it’s the intimidation of learning to cook that truly slows us down. (Gourmet)

    Marion Nestle reviews GMO Myths and Truths, a new book analyzing claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified (GM) foods. (The Atlantic)

    Health Leadership Award: Connecting an IINternational Community

    At Integrative Nutrition, we are committed to providing the resources and connections our students need to successfully launch entrepreneurial careers in health and nutrition. So when students come to me with a plan to organize their peers and elevate the entire IIN community, I can only respond with gratitude and enthusiasm. Such is the case of this week’s Health Leadership Award winners, Luisa Kerdel Blatnik and Amanda Cook, organizers of the recent IIN London Conference. Their hard work and dedication made the first-ever IINternational conference a reality, and I look forward to seeing other students follow in their footsteps.

    Integrative Nutrition Staff Weighs In: What I Learned From My Dad

    “Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad." - Anne Geddes

    Happy Father's Day to all the hard-working, fun-loving, advice-giving dads! We hope you enjoy your own father's company today over a delicious dinner, or a good game of golf. Whatever you do, remember to tell him why you're lucky he's in your life. We asked some IIN staffers to share something they've learned from their dads, and here's what they had to say!

    "While he would never blow his top, we could always tell when Dad was extremely upset because he would look at the ceiling and say, "Grant me patience." I've been told that I have amazing patience, (which is equally helpful when dealing with children and non-tech-savvy adults), and I attribute that patience 100% to my amazing father." - Michael, IT

    "Your career is not an accurate measure of your self worth for it is only a very small part of you and is subject to change at any moment. Invest in other areas of your life to complete the big picture that you can't always see." - Claire, Enrollment

    Heather Shannon: Bridging the Gap Between Nutrition and Mental Health

    Traditional therapy is often associated with looking to the past to find an explanation for a behavior, emotion or thought process. The concept of coaching differs in that clients are encouraged to take action in the present and strive for a healthier future, as opposed to dwelling on the past.

    Heather Shannon, a 2011 graduate of the Health Coach Training Program from Chicago, had a background in psychotherapy before enrolling. When she graduated, she opened her practice Health and Wellness Counseling Associates of Chicago. She works with people who, if they’re lucky enough to realize it now, are in desperate need of health coaching: over-worked, over-stressed young adults. Heather has realized the importance of prioritizing health and gaining a strong sense early on, taking action in the present to create a future with endless possibilities.

    How has your life changed since graduating from Integrative Nutrition?

    Health Leadership Award: Introducing Integrative Nutrition to Israel

    This week, in honor of Father’s Day, I am delighted to present the Health Leadership Award to my colleague and friend, Alok Zohar Zemach Wilson. A graduate of the class of 2000, Zohar left a lucrative career in advertising to pursue a passionate career in health and nutrition coaching. He has since founded two holistic health centers – one in New York and another in Israel – while raising his beautiful daughter, Amor. He also translated my book into Hebrew and has consistently spread the school's mission to bring health and happiness to the world. I am grateful to have shared my journey in health with Zohar, and I was lucky to have the opportunity to thank him in-person, at the Integrative Nutrition conference in London.

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