Creating a Movement for a Better World

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate the leadership and courage of one of our country’s greatest heroes: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He fought for equality so that everyone, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity is treated with the same respect as their peers. Dr. King’s legacy is still a driving force in peope's hearts and minds.

As we honor the man today, we can carry his message in our hearts and align our actions with the meaning behind his words.

Conquer Your Kitchen With a Little Help From {Healthy} Cooking Camp

You’ve heard all the excuses before: from “I’m too busy to cook at home,” to “I end up overeating when I cook for myself,” there’s always a justification for what keeps people from taking control in their own kitchen.

These are exactly the challenges that Integrative Nutrition graduates Quinn Asteak, class of 2010, and Robyn Youkilis, class of 2009, set out to tackle. Both have thriving health coaching practices in New York City and share a passion for whipping up healthy, delicious meals. After meeting at the Fall IINto Action Conference last September, the two got to chatting and decided to team up and create a program to teach people how cooking can make all the difference. Thus was born {Healthy} Cooking Camp, an online, interactive 4-week workshop designed to take the totally confused to total connoisseur in the kitchen.

I recently caught up with the pair to learn more and get the scoop on their exciting new project. Quinn and Robyn are fun, energetic and enthusiastic - check out a preview from the series below! With such a zest for healthy cooking, it’s no surprise that they’ve got big plans for the future.

{Healthy} Cooking Camp launches Wednesday, January 25, 2012. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Special bonus: Members of the IIN community can receive $50 off the regular cost of $199 by entering the code “primaryfood” when registering!

2012: What’s IIN and What’s Out

We named 2011 “A Monumental Year for Health Coaching” in our blogpost at the end of December. As awesome as last year was, we have even greater expectations for 2012. Check out some of our favorite changes for 2012, drawn from both the news and our own fantastic community!

Out: Miami

IIN: LA/Long Beach, CA

Don’t get us wrong, we loved Miami when we got to visit for our conference in February 2011. But we’re super excited for this year now that we’re off to the West Coast for our Mega Conference in Long Beach, California! We can’t wait to see you all there!

The IINsider's Digest: Fantastic Four, Yoga the Industry, Best Diets and more!

Welcome to the IINsider's digest! We gather all the hottest nutrition topics from around the web in one place so you can easily digest. This weeks highlights include, Integrative Nutrition teachers in the news. Dr. Mark Hyman as one of Dr. Oz's Fantastic Four, Michael Jacobson shines a light on trans fats, and Dr. David Katz reviews the best diets of 2011. The Washington Post asks, "Who owns Yoga?" Canadians support a ban on junk food ads aimed at kids and Mark Bittman looks at why we're eating less meat. 

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: More Apps for Your Health & Happiness!

In November, we brought you 23 iPhone apps to help you achieve health and wellness everywhere you go. But since not all of you are using iPhones, we thought we’d rework that list to also include links to Android and Blackberry versions, if available. Now we’ve brought you 10 more apps, many of which are available on several different platforms!

Food & Nutrition Apps


The Eatery - iOS

Learn more about yourself and your eating habits with this easy food tracking app. Simply snap a photo and rate your meal. It's not about counting calories, but studies support the idea that just recording what you eat can help you get healthier. (Free)

meal plans food on the tableMeal Plans - Food on the Table – Android / iOS

Is planning out your meals for the week a hassle? Are you spending too much on groceries? This app can help! Using your location, this app will find foods on sale at your local supermarket, provide recipes using those ingredients and based on your preferences, and compile an organized grocery list for you. Meal planning is now a cinch! (Free)

chemical cuisineChemical Cuisine - Android / iOS 

Ever wondered what that long, scientific-sounding ingredient on your favorite snack’s nutrition label is? This is the app for you. With safety ratings and descriptions for over 130 food additives, you can search and find the information to help you make healthy decisions. ($0.99)

calorie counterCalorie Counter by FatSecret - Blackberry / Android / iOS 

This simple food tracker will help you find nutritional info for all your foods, plus log your daily intake, exercise, and weight. Consistent food journaling is proven to lead to a healthier lifestyle – start now, and for free! (Free)

Susan Roberts is Restoring Mealtime Success for Children with Disabilities

Our graduates are doing amazing things. From developing food and wellness products to opening private practices, we love sharing stories from successful students and grads that are working to change the world for the better. 2009 graduate Susan Roberts, of New York City, is a special case. She’s making strides in an area where the importance of good nutrition is not explored or emphasized enough.

Susan applied what she learned in the Health Coach Training Program to her work as an occupational therapist. She already addressed other areas of wellness with her clients, such as the importance of primary food, but for this advanced scholar, author and lecturer, her nutrition education provided the final piece of the puzzle in her practice: eating well. This interview with Susan highlights her thoughts on where the “mealtime” process went wrong, and her essential work to restore a healthy, positive diet for even the pickiest kids out there.

What type of work have you done since completing in Integrative Nutrition's program, and what are you up to now?

I began touring the United States teaching other professionals (primarily occupational therapists, speech therapists and registered dietitians) the role of primary foods and real foods to helping children eat a wider variety of healthy foods and the importance of having "happy" mealtimes. My presentation is called "Mealtime Success for Kids on the Spectrum: Holistic Nutrition for Picky Eaters." I educate 200 to 300 professionals every month. I also wrote a book on the same subject for families, My Kid Eats Everything: a Journey from Picky to Adventurous Eating.

The IINsider's Digest: Vegan Bodybuilders, Anti-Obesity Ads, The Ripple Effect and more!

Welcome to 2012! As usual, there's been a lot of action in the health and wellness world. President Bill Clinton is recommending his favorite diet books since adopting a healthy lifestyle, and a controversial anti-obesity ad running in Georgia has people buzzing. Vegan bodybuilders tout the benefits of a plant based diet, and Integrative Nutrition Founder, Joshua Rosenthal is profiled for a leadership award. All that, plus the ADA has made a name change, but some of their corporate sponsorships unfortunately remain the same. Read the rest right here in the IINsider's digest.

How One Vegan Mom Works for Wellness

Recent graduate Shannon Lavin Vanjoske is starting her own health revolution. Co-author of a children's book on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, blogger and health coach, Shannon is doing it all. She was recently featured on a popular blog called the Ingredient Critic based out of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Below is a portion of her interview. You can read the entire interview here.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Shannon Lavin Vanjoske and I am a certified holistic health and nutrition coach. I own a private health coaching practice called “mother + earth wellness” that focuses on healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices for individuals and their families. The cornerstone of my business is advocating for a plant-strong, vegan diet. In addition to my health coachig practice, I recently co-authored Regan the Vegan, a children’s book promoting the health benefits of living a plant-strong lifestyle with illustrations and words even a child can understand. Also, I manage a health and wellness blog featuring plant-strong recipes, healthy living tips, and information about natural birth and eco-parenting. You can find my blog at

And the Winner of the Transformation Contest is...

Happy New Year! It’s the first day of 2012 and the perfect time for a fresh start!

How could your life change in just one year if you enrolled in the Health Coach Training Program?

We asked our community to send us their most inspired Integrative Nutrition transformation stories, and we were completely amazed by their triumphs!

After calculating your votes, we’re so excited to finally announce the winner!

And the winner is…

Sue Brown
Narbeth, PA
Class of 2011


Integrative Nutrition Reviews: The Harvest

Did you know that in the United States alone, there are more than 400,000 child migrant workers between the age of 5 and 18 that work in fields picking fruit and vegetables? Children, who often work 14 hours a day for 6 months out of the year, harvest 25% of the food that Americans eat. 

The Harvest, a new film from Shine Global in collaboration with executive producer Eva Longoria, documents the sad reality of child migrant workers. The film follows the lives of three children, Zulema, Perla and Victor, as they are taken from their homes and schools and forced to travel with their families from South to North, following the harvest seasons.

All three children are shown packing up their belongings and saying good-bye to their friends, then traveling in search of migrant work. Zulema drives with her family to the Midwest to pick strawberries and cucumbers and eventually moves North to follow the apple harvest in the fall. Her family lives in a cramped and dirty migrant camp, with barely enough room for her and her mother, let alone her siblings and grandparents.

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