Food Day: A Huge Success!

Last Monday, October 24th, The Center for Science in the Public Interest hosted Food Day, a nationally recognized day for people to cook meals with whole foods and promote nutrition in their communities. Food Day was a huge success, with celebrations everywhere from a Food Day Open House at the Nation Achieves in Washington DC to a conference on food deserts and prison food in San Francisco. We challenged our community to get involved and were blown away by what we saw!

In Las Vegas, several IIN grads got together to host “Local Foods Make A Difference”, a community camp out at Tonopah Community Garden. The group had quite a turnout as people brought their families, sleeping bags, and healthy snacks to watch healthy food-related movies such as Food Inc. and Forks Over Knives.

Fusing Fitness and Business with Mariska Breland

Mariska Breland was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, and two years later her mother passed away from cancer. She struggled with the diet choices she was making, as well as the fact that her corporate career wasn’t very fulfilling. When she came across an advertisement for Integrative Nutrition late one night, she couldn’t shake a gut feeling that by signing up for the Health Coach Training Program she could find what she’d been looking for: a chance to make a difference.

Not only did the program change the way Mariska thought about food, it allowed her to incorporate healthy habits and business and teaching skills into her Pilates practice. Since graduating in 2005, she has trademarked her personal brand, Fuse Pilates, and has built a thriving company in one of Washington D.C.’ s hottest spots, Dupont Circle.

Looking to the future, Mariska hopes to expand her practice even further, while watching her clients transform their bodies and find a healthier lifestyle. Read more about her success as a Health Coach below!

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Easy Eats

If you are on a gluten-free diet, or you have celiac disease, you know that reading cookbooks, cooking magazines or anything of the sort can be tough. It’s no fun looking at pictures of beautiful, delicious food that you can’t eat!

Enter Easy Eats, the newest digital food magazine to hit the web.

At first glance, the cover that features delectable glazed doughnuts scattered with rainbow sprinkles might have gluten-free eaters running for the hills. However, the tagline will, without a doubt, pull them back in: "It’s good to be gluten free."

Editor-In-Chief Slivana Nardone, whose most recent gig was Editor-In-Chief of Rachael Ray magazine, decided to create the online magazine after her children were both diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerance.  As a cookbook writer, former bakery owner, and food lover, she created Easy Eats to prove to her children (and everyone else) that it’s good to be gluten free! As Slivana says "My intentions all originate from the same place: positivity. Yes, you can eat mac and cheese. Yes, I will make cupcakes for your school birthday party."

IIN Transformation Contest

At Integrative Nutrition, our students and graduates know that balancing primary foods is the most important part of nourishing our whole selves. We’ve seen students transform their health during their time at IIN by reconnecting with old friends or loved ones, getting into shape by starting a new workout plan, or embarking on a career path they love by starting their own business.  As they begin to balance their primary foods, their health and happiness improves tremendously!

Did you transform your health by focusing on your primary foods? Did your education at IIN support that transformation?

Great! We want to hear from you!

Integrative Nutrition Grad is helping Hawaii Live Fuller

Landry Fuller was offered her dream job last year. In the successful corporate PR position she had always aspired to, she was making a substantial salary- that is, before she decided a month in that it wasn’t the job for her.

She came across the Health Coach Training Program while surfing the web one day and immediately enrolled. Not only did Landry find a healthier lifestyle and a welcoming community, but also plenty of success, all prior to graduating from the program! She now sees clients through her holistic wellness and nutrition coaching company, Fuller Living, gives talks, works in schools, and more! Read on to hear about this 2011 graduate’s journey to wellness (and to Waimea, Hawaii!) and what she’s up to now.

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?

Nutriton News: The IINsider's Digest

Did you hear the latest nutrition news? If you missed it, don't worry! We collected the hottest topics right here in one place for you to easily digest! 

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Bon Jovi in his own words,
bringing Soul to those in need
On the eve of the opening of Jon Bon Jovi's new community restaurant, Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, N.J., the Today Show talks with the singer about his new project. Bon Jovi created a place where people can come and eat fresh, often organic and locally sourced food, regardless of whether they can pay. Read more.

nutrition labelNutrition labels need Energy Star-like ratings;
panel urges
CBS News
 Nutrition labels aren't doing enough to let consumers know what's healthy. So says the Institute of Medicine, which on Thursday issued a report urging the FDA to adopt a labeling system similar to the "Energy Star" system that helps consumers choose washing machines and other appliances. Read more.

Dairy's weight-loss claims removed from website 
Green Bay Press Gazette

Food Day: Are you Cook-in' for a Cause?

Food Day is just around the corner on Monday October 24th and it seems that the whole country is excited. Just take one glance at the Food Day website and you will see hundreds of events scheduled to take place from Washington to Maine. Just as, Michael Jacobson had hoped when he founder Food Day last year, people are joining together to push for and celebrate healthy, affordable food that’s produced in a sustainable and humane way.

Join Us As We Rock the Ripple Effect!

We’ve got some very exciting news to share with you!

As some of you may already know, we will be hosting our next conference, Rock the Ripple Effect on November 6th in New York City!

Rock The Ripple Effect
When: Sunday, November 6th 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: Jazz at Lincoln Center

We have an incredible line-up of speakers at this conference who will be lecturing on their various areas of expertise in the world of health and nutrition.

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.

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