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Elisa Haggarty Brings Health Education to Hong Kong Schools

2011 graduate Elisa Haggarty realized two things upon her arrival in Hong Kong, where she relocated from Morristown, New Jersey. One: her new job as an English teacher was not all she had hoped it would be; and two: her students suffered from a poor level of health and nutrition.

After contemplating where she saw her future self, and how she could make a difference in the health of her students, she enrolled in Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program and sensed a new path emerging in her career. Elisa continues to teach English, but is now sharing her knowledge of health and wellness in her school and introducing new practices that her coworkers and students otherwise may never have learned. She hopes to eventually transition to educating others about whole foods and eating well full-time, since she has found in her travels that the strong need for health coaches is universal. Read more about this graduate’s journey below!

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?

Before enrolling in IIN, I was teaching English at an International School in Hong Kong. I came here from New Jersey in the pursuit of an adventure, change of pace and a new challenge. As soon as I arrived, I knew this job was not the right fit for me. I had no support system here and felt frustrated by teaching English when I KNEW there was more important information and more issues for me to tackle. At one point, only four years into teaching English, I even contemplated quitting teaching and finding another profession. I felt an overwhelming sense of apathy because I saw so many of my students were overweight and headed straight towards bad health and disease.

Jessica Idleman is Giving Her Students a Healthy Glow

2010 Integrative Nutrition graduate Jessica Idleman had an existing background and knowledge in health that supported her work as a nutritionist. What she was missing, however, was the ability to turn this expertise into a thriving business. Through new connections and a gained sense of confidence acquired in the Health Coach Training Program, Jessica found the direction she needed for her practice, Glow Nutrition, and catapulted into success. Now she’s sharing her knowledge and expertise in healthy cooking with members of her community in Springfield, MO, a place where health coaches are hard to come by and many people rely solely on counting calories to stay slim. Read more about what this grad is up to below!

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?

I was working as a nutritionist doing essentially the same thing I am still doing. Integrative Nutrition helped me take my practice to the next level and solidify a business model.

What led you to explore Integrative Nutrition's program?

Twice the Transformation! How Jeff and Cindy Berkowitz Got Healthy

We’re bringing you a special edition of our graduate Q&A this week, as we take a look into the life of not one, but two Health Coaches! Jeff and Cindy Berkowitz have been married for 26 years, and both are 2011 graduates of the Health Coach Training Program. They live in Pittsburgh, PA, with their three children.

Cindy was working in a high-pay, high-stress position as a family law paralegal when she took a fall that injured her back and ruined her knee. She underwent total knee replacement surgery, which left her unable to live a normal life, let alone go back to work. That’s when she enrolled at Integrative Nutrition, the start of a major life transformation.

With a background in physics and food chemistry, Jeff was a chef for 25 years before he began suffering from a variety of inflammatory diseases. At age 48, he was on 15 different medications, plus narcotics to treat the pain. He enrolled at Integrative Nutrition hoping to gain a sense of control over his own life. One year later, he is off all medication and 40 pounds lighter! 

Cindy and Jeff graduated together this year and now find themselves leading a completely different, significantly healthier lifestyle. They’ve discovered a new career as Health Coaches in their practice, Intuitive Holistic Health. The couple specializes in autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and endocrine problems, working to help clients take control of their health. In addition to their practice, Cindy and Jeff teach cooking classes, hold corporate workshops and wellness programs, develop healthy recipes for commercial production, and write a food blog. Read more about this dynamic duo below!

How Can $111 Make a Difference?

You probably already looked at the calendar and realized it’s 11/11/11. Here at Integrative Nutrition, we’re calling it a Day of Oneness. One Health Coach can inspire thousands to get healthier and happier and together, we can create a ripple effect of health and happiness that changes the world.

We’ve come up with a way that will allow you to make a difference in your own life as well as the lives of others. If you call an Admissions Advisor at (877) 730-5444 to enroll in the Health Coach Training Program today only from 9am-5pm EST, we’ll donate $111 to your choice of these charities:


fam sanctuary
national conservancy
jamie oliver food revolution

Integrative Nutrition Rocked the Ripple Effect!

Hundreds of students and graduates rocked it out this past weekend at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City for Rock the Ripple Effect! During this fantastic one-day conference, we heard from several inspiring speakers and discussed how the Integrative Nutrition community is helping others transform their lives. Many conference attendees connected and made new friends, while others picked up great tips for their business and felt a new sense of empowerment!

Andrew Weil, MD, the Founder and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, gave the keynote address. Dr. Weil is a best-selling author and a world-renowned expert on mind-body interactions and healing systems. He spoke about the dangers of fructose, his anti-inflammatory pyramid, and demonstrated a breathing exercise to help manage stress.

Discovering Daily Joy with Kate Henninger

Kate HenningerIt’s rare to meet someone who truly loves what they do, every single day, despite the obstacles life has thrown in their path. Kate Henninger, a 2011 grad residing in Houston, Texas, finds joy in the work she does each day as a Health Coach. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at a young age and developing lupus, she discovered the value of wellness and finding passion in daily life.

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