Annette Varoli is Sharing Her Recipe for Success with Today's Youth

With the strong belief that “destiny is a simple matter of making the right choices,” Integrative Nutrition graduate Annette Varoli has created success for herself time and time again. From a thriving corporate career to a health coaching position and now as a motivational speaker, Annette attributes hard work and a zest for life and learning to all she has accomplished.

Annette visits schools, graduations and conferences to share her Bridge to Success System with today’s youth. She encourages them to be leaders of their own lives and to take action to find a purpose, something she discovered through the IIN Health Coach Training Program. She enrolled in the program hoping to learn more about her own wellness, and now has a flourishing business, which allows her to combine her passion for health and leadership and share it with others.

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?

I had recently left my corporate job as a project manager in the real estate construction industry to be a stay-at-home mother with my first child. I was figuring out what was next- I knew I could be a good mom and still do more, contributing my gifts to society in another way. The fast-paced NYC corporate world wasn’t conducive to the kind of mother I wanted to be, so I knew I wanted to do something else. I’ve always had many interests but I wasn’t sure what was next for me.

Take Back Your Health with Robin Shirley

A career as a “Holistic Health Entrepreneur” could mean a number of different things. Maybe it’s a role as a Health Coach or a cooking instructor, or maybe it’s someone who organizes events and conferences about health. 2010 Integrative Nutrition grad Robin Shirley does all of these things, and more.

Robin discovered the Health Coach Training Program at a tough time, just when she needed it the most, and has since successfully developed her personal business. She draws from her own experiences suffering from systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and chronic Lyme disease to guide those with similar health problems. She speaks to schools, sports teams and businesses and is currently planning a health conference for over 450 people! Read more about Robin’s story and what she’s up to now:

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?

I had decided to take a break from college and was living back at home. I was taking a break for two reasons: I was too sick to attend my classes and keep up my grades, and I was going down the wrong path in life, but didn't know it at that point. It just felt like I was going 100 miles per hour down the wrong highway. Everything was all wrong and I needed to take a break and figure things out. So, I was at home searching for something that I was passionate about that would bring me into a better life.

How Amie Valpone Discovered Nutrition and Her New Career

It’s a familiar story for many Integrative Nutrition graduates: leaving the corporate world to pursue a career in nutrition and wellness, a field they are passionate about, and have always kept in mind, but never imagined they would work in fulltime.

For Amie Valpone, a 2008 grad who currently lives in Manhattan, the story began a little differently. She suffered from many health issues including gluten and dairy intolerance, which led to an interest in nutrition and then to enrolling in the Health Coach Training Program. As this interest in nutrition increased, so did her desire to follow a new job path. With experience as a culinary marketing consultant, a recipe developer, a brand ambassador and now a publisher, the blog she used to work on late at night and on weekends years ago has flourished into an entirely different career. Read more about this incredibly successful graduate below!

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?

I held many corporate jobs: design at Ralph Lauren Corporate, advertising sales at VOGUE Magazine and marketing at the NBA (National Basketball Association). It all started while working in these corporate jobs here in Manhattan. My jobs were ‘glamorous’ to everyone but me. I loved the idea of my jobs but at the end of the day, I was not fulfilled nor inspired. I became interested in food and nutrition when I was faced with gluten and dairy intolerance. I went to Integrative Nutrition to study nutrition and spent my days, nights and weekends walking the aisles of Whole Foods Market and health food stores throughout Manhattan, jotting down names of brands and researching new products.

Technology Time-Out: Why You Need It

New Facebook profiles roll out today, and if previous changes are any indicator, it means there will be a lot of groaning and griping. Maybe this is a good weekend to take a break from not only Facebook, but from all your technological crutches.

Yes, that means email, too.

The rise of technology and the Internet is amazing in its ability to connect people around the globe to information and each other, but individuals who make the most of this access often face the adverse effects of overstimulation. We've already discussed the danger of "popcorn brain," but Internet addiction can also limit creativity and deep thought and lead to eyestrain, stress, and sleep deprivation.

The Healing Power of Your Pets

Dogs are known to be man’s best friend, and according to recent studies, they may just be man’s best workout partner, too.

People who own dogs are more likely to walk more, walk faster, and enjoy a more active lifestyle than people who don’t, experts say. The obligation to take the dog out no matter the weather, season, or temperature drives people to get moving when they might not otherwise: “When it’s dark, when it’s raining, the dog needs a walk, every day,” says animal behaviorist Dr. Sandra McCune. Among dog owners who regularly walk their four-legged friends, 60% meet the criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise and are far less likely to be obese.

As a key source of primary food, animal companionship has long been known to offer a wide variety of health benefits, largely because pets help people effectively manage stress. Study after study proves it: Owning a pet helped lower the blood pressure of stockbrokers who suffered from stress-related hypertension even better than medication did. Cat owners are one third less likely to have a heart attack. The CDC reports that pets can decrease both your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

The benefits go far beyond the physical – pets also reinforce social bonds, stave off loneliness, and help fight depression. Animals don’t judge or ask questions; they simply offer a wordless, unconditional sense of comfort that makes people feel safe and loved. “When children are asked who they want to talk to when they get upset, a lot of times their first answer is their pet,” says Dr. James Griffin, an expert in child development at the National Institute of Health.

Announcing the Integrative Nutrition Scavenger Hunt

It’s officially the first day of the fall season. As you begin to wind down from your fun summer vacations, fall is a great time to focus on health and wellness, and enter a fun contest to win fantastic prizes! Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? But this one has a twist – it will be held virtually, via Twitter!

Who: All our @NutritionSchool Tweeps (our Twitter peeps) 

What: Integrative Nutrition Scavenger Hunt

When: October 3rd through October 30th, weekdays

Where:  #IINHunt

The Fall IINto Action Energy Lives On

Wow! It’s been a few days since our 2011 Fall IINto Action conference and we’re still buzzing with the amazing energy that we, and the 4,000 Health Coaches that joined us from around the world, experienced at the Jacob Javits Center over the weekend!

We had students from Israel, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Aruba, Lebanon, Dubai, South Africa, Iceland, Shanghai, Chile, Turkey, Sweden, and Argentina in attendance!

We heard some incredible speakers including Deepak Chopra, Mark Hyman, MD, Dr David Katz, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Sally Fallon and a surprise visit from Kathy Freston.

Integrative Nutrition Founder Joshua Rosenthal inspired our students and grads to spread health and happiness worldwide.

We’ve heard from many of you already, and the feedback so far has been overwhelming! It sounds like you were pretty IINspired this weekend.

Eating Clean and Living Well With Terry Walters

A common theme rings true among many health coaches, and that’s having pure love and passion for the work they do each day.  Institute for Integrative Nutrition graduate Terry Walters, who completed the Health Coach Training Program in 2000 and currently lives in Avon, CT, perfectly exemplifies this concept.  By embracing her own nutritious lifestyle, she leads by example in her role as a health counselor, published author and food educator.  Urging people to eat clean, one choice at a time, Terry shares her inspiring approach to finding nourishment and wellness through hands-on cooking classes, private health counseling and her two best selling, award-w

Jennifer Cassetta on Stilettos, Self-Defense, and Feeling Your Best

Jennifer Cassetta has one impressive resume: she is an IIN graduate and certified Health Coach, a clinical nutritionist with a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT, a NASM certified personal trainer, and last but not least, a self-defense guru with a third-degree black belt in HapKiDo. After spending over six years in NYC building a successful business as a fitness and health coach, Jennifer took her skills and experience to the West Coast and moved to Los Angeles in 2009.

Jennifer has taken LA by storm with the mission to motivate, empower, and inspire people through fitness, healthy eating, and the art of self-defense. She has started her own "Health and the City" boot camps, created a DVD series called "Stillettos and Self Defense" and now works with private clients as a fitness and nutrition coach. Jennifer has been featured on E! TV, KCAL and KTLA news and has been featured in many publications including Women's Health Mangazine, Shape Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Read more about this successful graduate below!

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