This week I am pleased to present the Health Leadership Award to a graduate who has achieved exceptional personal and professional success, Holli Thompson. Abandoning her stylish New York City career in high-end fashion to enrich her primary food in small-town Virginia, Holli found herself happily married but chronically ill. Despite various medications and numerous doctors, it wasn’t until Holli delved into her own personal interest in nutrition that she was able to achieve optimal health. Her desire to share this experience with others led her to IIN, and I couldn’t be more proud of her contributions to our community.
We love interacting with our Integrative Nutrition community online, including our Facebook page! This week we tapped into your most IINspiring accomplishments.
What is the goal you are most proud of achieving?
Finishing a half marathon. – Christine R.
Losing almost 100 pounds and learning to eat real food. – Rochelle S.
Becoming an Ironman, and inspiring many others to get moving! – Heather F.
Getting my Yoga certification, getting married, and enrolling at IIN - all within three months! – Kristen H.
Integrative Nutrition graduate Kathi Naumann always made healthy eating a priority, but it wasn’t until she overcame serious illness that she decided to dedicate her life to the study of nutrition. With the desire to help others find health and happiness, she learned about Integrative Nutrition and immediately enrolled in the Health Coach Training Program.
Since graduating in 2005, Kathi started her own company, Natural Nutrition Services, and has partnered with camps and hospitals to educate medical patients about the core principles of a healthy lifestyle. What a rewarding career!
Does the support of a Health Coach increase the likelihood that people will reach their health goals? All signs point to yes.
Findings from a pilot study conducted at the Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center show that obese individuals participating in a weight loss program that were supported by a professional Health Coach or peer lost clinically significant amounts of weight (i.e., at least 5 percent of their initial body weight).
Interestingly, the weight losses were comparable to the amount of weight lost by patients participating in a more intensive behavioral intervention with twice as many treatment sessions.
Health Coaches offer additional support, accountability, and information to motivate behavioral change between treatment visits, which is likely why weight loss patients get better results when working with a coach.
Pairing up to slim down: a recent study suggests that Health Coaches – or even a supportive friend – may be as effective in combatting obesity as more invasive, expensive medical options. (Time)
High-performing athletes, like Olympians, are tapping into the secret science of all-natural, healthy supplements to maximize their physical potential. One of the most interesting contenders? Beet juice. (Stack, Nutrition Facts)
For this week’s Health Leadership Award, we continue to honor members of our powerful, inspirational community of Ambassadors. From personal transformation to remarkable business savvy, these five women prove that it’s never too late (or too early) to turn your passion and individuality into an IINspiring career.
MaryAnn Jones – Website – Facebook – Twitter
Before enrolling at IIN, I was basically "on deadline" for 20 years! As an art director in magazine publishing, my career was exciting but stressful. As the mom of a child with Type 1 diabetes, I was painfully aware of how food choices impact your health. Suddenly, I was laid off and faced with time to think about what was next for me, professionally and personally. I began to work with a Health Coach, and was invited to attend a live class. I knew then that IIN was a perfect fit for me. The practical, bio-individual, holistic approach to nutrition resonated with my personal beliefs and experience.
Kamala Chambers – Website – Facebook – Twitter
Attending IIN was the best decision I’ve ever made! Before I attended, my healing practice was sparse, and I was in a relationship with a loveless alcoholic. Now, just a few years later, I have a full practice coaching women how to thrive in business. I’m in a loving partnership with a fellow Health Coach, and together, we teach dynamic classes to boost people’s love life and energy awareness skills.
Calling all photographers – accomplished or aspiring! Whether you’re an Instagram addict or just a snap-happy soul, we want you to send us your favorite summer shots.
After a long, busy year, there is no better time to relax, enjoy loved ones and focus on health and happiness than during the warm months of summer! Whether you’re traveling abroad or enjoying a low-key stay-cation, let us know how and where you’re spending the summer months.
Get creative with content – anything from the bounty of your local market to yoga on top of a Mayan temple applies. The point is to share our community’s IINternational spirit (extra points if you’re showing your IIN pride!).
We love interacting with our Integrative Nutrition community online, including our Facebook page! This week we received a variety of IINspirational advice from over 100 members of our community. Here’s a sample:
What is the best piece of health advice you've ever given or received?
Love yourself. – Leslie M.
Listen to your body. – James K.
Eat real food! – Nicole C.
Vitamin L is the best superfood ever, and it's free! – Hyacinth M.
As part of our first-ever Pinterest Contest, we searched high and low for the pinners that showed us what inspired them on a daily basis to live a healthy life. We received tons of fantastic submissions, and keep an eye for a pinboard on the Integrative Nutrition Pinterest page coming soon of all the amazing entries! Here are the top three pinboards that inspired us the most:
Joanie Johnson - A motivated, health coaching, fitness loving, food devouring, kid educating, earth saving woman doing everything she can to supercharge your health!