How much does the average New Yorker know about nutrition? IIN’s film crew recently went to one of New Yorkers’ favorite hangout spots, Madison Square Park, to get people talking about their knowledge of health and nutrition in America. From the Whole Foods junkies to the international perspective of those not born in the U.S., watch the video below to hear what New Yorkers have to say about their personal health, their connection with their diet, and what they think of the current health crisis in America.
While I was in the Health Coach Training Program, I remember the idea of signing up my first client being bit daunting. Okay, who am I kidding – it was totally overwhelming to me.
Other than an initial interview for my teaching job many years earlier, I hadn’t needed to “sell” myself or anything else, for that matter. I had no clue about how to market myself and sign up that first client.
This is why I was so grateful that a valuable part of IIN’s curriculum is business and marketing. The tools and strategies I learned were what helped me actually get myself out into the real world and help people as a Health Coach.
But knowing and doing are two different things. Getting started as a Health Coach meant I needed to take action and use the tools and strategies I learned in the program. It didn’t always feel easy, but because of the way the material was presented in the context of the whole program, it all felt doable (well, most days anyway.)
Whenever you undertake something new in your life – whether it’s weight loss, a career change, a big move, or anything else that takes you out of your comfort zone and is intended to change your life for the better – it’s important to surround yourself with positive, supportive people throughout the process.
You may have heard the saying, “You’re the average of the five people you hang out with most.” Research shows that your environment can have a profound effect on you and having a strong support network in place can actually make you more likely to achieve your goals since it influences your thinking and self-esteem.
So how do you find these positive, supportive people? Some may be right in front of you and others you may need to seek out.
Are you thinking about switching careers to work in the health and wellness field? Chances are you are already the health expert in your family. Everyone comes to you for green smoothie recipes, weight loss advice, or fitness tips. You might even be their go-to for relationship or career advice! If this sounds like you, then you’re in the right place, and you’re on the right track to finding the career of your dreams.
At Integrative Nutrition, our students are interested in all aspects of health. Some want to help others live a healthier lifestyle, others want to open up a juice bar, and others still want to start their own healthy product line.
I am pleased to announce that Integrative Nutrition has launched a new partnership with Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), one of the only accredited graduate schools completely dedicated to wellness!
Through an academic articulation agreement, graduates of the Health Coach Training Program who also hold an undergraduate degree are now eligible to earn advanced standing of up to six and a half credits towards an MUIH graduate degree in the following programs: Master of Arts in Health Coaching/Nutrition concentration, Master of Science in Health Promotion/Coaching concentration, and Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health.
I was single when I enrolled at IIN, but I was looking forward to getting married and having kids. In fact, one of the main goals of my career change was to work from home and be present for my future family. I’d work from my home office and the kids would play nearby. I’d earn a good salary and still be available to attend soccer games. I’d cook three homemade meals a day. And exercise. And do the laundry.
If you’re laughing right now, it must mean that you have actually tried this. Work from home and be present for your family? Work with kids around? Ha!
The truth is, I had no idea what motherhood would be like. I didn’t think about how my baby’s cry would interrupt client meetings. I didn’t know that I’d be trying to write a blog post while my toddler climbed in my lap and pushed all the buttons on my laptop. Or that I’d be trying to get my husband and kid out of the house on the weekends so I’d have five minutes to actually think straight.
Do you know what’s in your food? At Integrative Nutrition we believe that everyone has a right to make informed decisions about what we are putting in our bodies. That’s why we support labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Before I became a Health Coach, I had doubts about whether a career in holistic wellness was “practical” and whether I was truly cut out for this work. But after years of working in a corporate job I could no longer tolerate, I was ready to take a chance and follow my heart.
I enrolled at IIN in 2011, and since then my life has changed in many ways. Now, I truly thrive. It’s not only because I am aligned with IIN’s mission to create a positive impact on global health, or because my own personal health has dramatically improved, but because I get the privilege of connecting directly with the incredible students and graduates who make up the IIN community. They are the ones who continually inspire me and remind me that anything is possible. They are the ones who make the IIN experience truly unique and special.
So in case you’re uncertain whether IIN is right for you, here are some qualities of the people you’ll meet here:
If someone had showed me a few years ago what my life looks like today, I would not believe it. At this moment I am creating a wellness center in the Bay Area with one of my mentors and going to Bali to take a raw food culinary course for a month. I am in deep gratitude for what I have created in my life.
You would think I would have had to network and work really hard to create this. But actually, the complete opposite happened. The path to how I got here is through deep surrender. I didn’t do anything at all.
The old Jill used to be a doer, an achiever, and was the busiest person I knew. I just didn’t know how to stop. It was one thing after another and I didn’t know how to just be to receive all of the benefits of my hard work. The funniest thing was, most of the stuff I was doing wasn’t even in alignment with what my soul really wanted in life. Perhaps it was what society expected of me?
When I returned to school at Integrative Nutrition, I hadn’t worked in several years. My former job had been Vice President running a division for Chanel, Inc. – a high profile and successful career.
But nothing prepares you for stepping off the treadmill to adopt an eight month-old baby from overseas, attending weekly play groups, starting a soccer team for toddlers, throwing birthday parties, and potty training. Come to think of it, that’s really when I should have been terrified.