4 Running Basics for Beginners

With cooler temperatures and vibrant changing leaves, autumn is a popular season for outdoor exercise, specifically running. Whether you’re an experienced runner returning from a summer off, or you’re ready to start your very first running routine, these helpful tips will get you started on the right (and left) foot!  

1. Wear the right shoes – Carefully choosing your sneakers will prevent injuries and frustrations, thereby boosting your running confidence right from the start! Your local running store can custom fit you for a pair of shoes based on your gait analysis, characteristics of your feet, and the shape of your arch.

Registered Nurse and Teacher Turned Health Coach

At Integrative Nutrition, our graduates span a wide range of ages, backgrounds, strengths and interests. Health Coaching is a career that some begin right after college, while others embark on the journey after spending many years in other professions.

Today we are shining our spotlight on Paula Youmell, a Health Coach from Potsdam, New York who is an experienced teacher and Registered Nurse. She’s an inspiring example of how it’s never too late to switch to a fulfilling career through Integrative Nutrition!

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

I was teaching School Health and Physical Education to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My philosophy was to focus on Whole Food Nutrition, Holistic Preventative Health, and Lifetime Fitness.

IINsider’s Digest: NYC Soda Ban Passes 9-to-1, Alzheimer’s Called “Type 3 Diabetes”, and more…

The New York City soda ban is official, banning the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces from restaurants, fast-food joints, delis, movie theaters, sports stadiums and even food carts. (Huffington Post)

Support the Soda Tax to Fight Childhood Obesity

Could a tax on sugary drinks help curb the obesity epidemic? Fit For Life, a grass roots organization started by Richmond, California City Councilman Jeff Ritterman thinks so. In November, Richmond’s residents will vote on a measure that calls for a one-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Tax proceeds will go towards projects designed to prevent and treat childhood obesity.

Health advocates have been talking about the negative impact of junk foods on the health of Americans for a long time. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that the next generation will have a shorter lifespan than their parents based on their predisposition to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. How can we encourage a healthier lifestyle and discourage a processed food diet that will reverse this trend?

Health Coach Starts a Family Juicing Business

At Integrative Nutrition, we are honored to play a role in helping you discover your passion for healthy living. Each student takes a different path after graduation, and today we are shining our spotlight on 2012 graduate Jessica Geier. 

Jessica’s interest in health and nutrition began when her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. She channeled her nurturing spirit by preparing nutritious, healing meals to help her grandmother through treatment. Jessica has since paired her education from the Health Coach Training Program with her father’s entrepreneurial background, and together they created a fulfilling new business in Neptune, New Jersey! 

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

IINsider’s Digest: Why We Should Still Eat Organic, Food Insecurity on the Rise and more…

Consumer Reports joins in the chorus of dissenters rallying against a recent Stanford University study which suggests that organic foodstuffs might not be worth the higher price tag. Marion Nestle also reiterates her pro-organic stance, while Civil Eats points out why eating organic is socially responsible - it's good for other people's health.

The USDA reports that record numbers of American households demonstrated food insecurity in 2011. Within those homes, 1-in-3 reported "very low food security," totaling 5.7% of the US population. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Incidentally, Panera Cares, a pay-what-you-wish version of the national sandwich chain, is raising awareness about food insecurity and learning that charity may, in fact, be profitable. (NPR)

Holistic Beauty, Inside and Out with Rachael Pontillo

This week, I am thrilled to present the Health Leadership Award to an exceptional 2012 graduate of the Health Coach Training Program, Rachael Pontillo. When her personal health transformation led her to realize the connection between inner and outer beauty, Rachael took a chance, followed her passion and has since established a flourishing health coaching practice. She is an amazing example of how to “dive in” when opportunity calls, and I could not be more excited by her success.

More Than Skin-Deep
I was already a holistic aesthetician and wrote regularly about natural skincare “from the inside out and outside in” when I enrolled at IIN. Simultaneously, I was making serious diet and lifestyle changes to lose excess weight I had gained after my second pregnancy (I was up to 200 pounds.) Once I switched to a plant-based diet, among other changes, I quickly began to lose weight. As a happy little side effect, my acne (which I had been dealing with since age 10) cleared up completely. I was able to stop using expensive acne prescriptions and switch 100% to all-natural skincare products. Once I witnessed the connection between nutrition and beauty on my own skin, I knew I needed to start educating others about the gut-brain-skin connection. 

Cultivating Confidence
Despite my personal transformation, I did not feel I had the authority to write and educate about nutrition without having had any formal education.

The Secret to Exercising Regularly: Enjoy It!

Do you hit the gym each morning to keep osteoporosis at bay? Do you hop on your bike instead of getting into your car to go to work, hoping you’ll avoid heart disease somewhere down the line?

In a recent article in the New York Times, researchers suggest that people will not commit to exercise if its benefits are distant or theoretical. “Feeling happy and less stressed is more motivating than not getting heart disease or cancer, maybe, someday in the future,” said research investigator Michelle L. Segar.

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