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Ashley Koff RD knows the key to resolving our national health crisis is to empower individuals to achieve better health from better nutrition. Koff explains "better nutrition is simple, it just doesn't feel that way for most, regardless of their resources." Thus, Koff created the Better Nutrition, Simplified program, a toolkit of resources including a one page Nutrition Plan, hundreds of nutrition "Pit Stop" ideas, Quick Guides and Patient Consults, to get Better Nutrition for Better Health. An award-winning nutrition expert, Koff helps lead the national conversation on better nutrition as a speaker, author, media and industry expert. Selected among CNN's top 100 health makers, recognized in the Top 10 Social Health Makers in Nutrition (Sharecare.com) and among the top "50 Natural Influencers" in health and nutrition to follow on Twitter (NewHope360 and Shape.com), Koff was also selected for the first list of Top 10 Registered Dietitians in the US by Today's Dietitian Magazine. Koff shares her message with millions, regularly, as a go-to expert for the country's leading media outlets, appearing regularly on local and national television. Koff lends her expertise to and writes articles for many leading national publications, digital platforms, and was the featured on-air dietitian for several reality shows. Koff continues to maintain a high-profile, international nutrition practice, is a member of several Scientific Advisory boards and serves on the faculty of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
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Sophie Hawkins, BFA., M.Ed., has taught Yoga, Meditation, Ayurvedic Cooking, and Thai Massage for over ten years. She has over 20 years experience working in Mental Health with Survivors of trauma and abuse. Sophie has particular expertise in teaching the Open Heart Breathing Technique. She is a private caterer for people seeking an anti inflammatory, weight loss diet based on Traditional Nutritional International Cuisine. Sophie has travelled India extensively and is currently working on a feature length film based on footage from the Hindu Sacred Sites. She is the author of 'Cooking With the Six Tastes: An Ayurvedic Journey to Health and Happiness', due to be released in 2016.
Charles F. Glassman, MD has practiced internal medicine for over 25 years. Over this time, he has observed that many medical problems and physical symptoms arise from our ability to manage the challenges of everyday life. In 2002, he became the tenth doctor in the US to form what is known as a concierge or patient-focused practice. Such a practice has permitted him time to explore how stress interferes with our ability to obtain optimal, holistic health-balancing mind, body, and spirit. His first book, the award winning Brain Drain, is a handbook on how to overcome common roadblocks to success and a joyful deeply meaningful life. Seeing that his practice was evolving into a true holistic one, he began calling himself Coach MD. As Coach MD, his internet and social media presence has grown with over 235k fans on Facebook alone, with a global reach of over six million. People look to Dr. Glassman, for his keen understanding of the human condition and often turn to his website, where he gets over 1 million page views per month. He has recently completed a new book manuscript and frequently adds content to his website. Dr. Glassman lives in Rockland County New York with his wife Melanie, their four children and dog, Ginger.
"To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done." --Thomas Jefferson Stepping outside your comfort zone can be daunting, even just in your daily personal life and especially when it comes to health & fitness. Thankfully, I have been blessed to work with some incredible mentors throughout my life that have "shown me the ropes," yet allowed me the freedom & creativity to learn my body & mind and challenged me to do things I'd never done before. From the time I was an athletic trainer in high school, learning about the human body and how it functions, I have been drawn to continue my learning in every facet possible so that I can to be a better health & fitness professional each day. I am profoundly passionate about the gifts and talents I've been blessed with and I also aspire to always be as humble as possible when it comes to learning in my industry, because that is how we grow as fitness professionals. Over the last 5 years, I have come to realize what I love most in life is being in community with others, sharing thoughts, ideas, experiences, and even health "hacks" that may add value to people's lives. I have been gifted with the opportunity to offer support and to meet people's needs the best way I know how; whether it's with knowledge, resources, networking, or products I'm passionate about. It's all about the personal connections and the incredible journey we each traverse. I am beyond grateful for every person I meet who shares their uniqueness with me & every life I'm allowed to be apart of, no matter how big or small. I genuinely believe each of us has greatness within us and and gifts that are our own, and they make us unique, yes, BUT they are nothing if we do not share them with the world and most importantly they can't be shared if we are not caring for the messenger vessel itself- our body. My mission with teaching through this incredible platform is to inspire dreams, change lives, and empower a holistic approach to healthy living from the inside out. I look forward to sharing & learning with each of you and building our relationship.
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Caroline Baker, MSc. HEALTHY LIFESTYLE COACHING Caroline is a UK based, Health promotion expert with over 25 years experience of helping clients with their lifestyle goals. For the last 17 years she has specialised in coaching exercise, healthy eating and behaviour change to clients referred to her by medical practitioners. These novice clients need expert guidance to improve their health because of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, bad backs, etc. Caroline has a Masters degree in Health promotion from Brunel University (UK) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Sports Science from Loughborough University (UK). In addition she has accumulated numerous specialist exercise instructor qualifications (including Obesity and Diabetes management and Cardiac rehabilitation), along with nutrition and behaviour change coaching qualifications. Caroline lives in Wokingham, Royal Berkshire, England with her husband and 2 young sons. She herself has suffered for 20 years with Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue so she understands what it's like to have a chronic medical condition to contend with. Her online coaching business, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE COACHING (www.healthylifestylecoaching.co.uk) helps people struggling with metabolic diseases (diabetes, hypertension and obesity) to take back control of their health, weight and future through online behaviour change coaching.
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Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE has been a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. Jennifer has expertise in weight management and diabetes education, and is well versed in many other areas of nutrition. Jennifer is a Certified Diabetes Educator and she has her Master's Degree in Nutrition from the University of New Mexico. Jennifer spent over 9 years working at an Endocrinology Clinic in Albuquerque, NM teaching education classes and providing individual counseling for diabetes and weight loss. She is currently working at the YMCA of Central New Mexico providing education for the community. When Jennifer is not working, you'll find her volunteering at her son's elementary school, playing with her two year old daughter, and improving her fitness at the YMCA. She writes a nutrition blog (jcbryant81@wordpress.com) with advice and recipes, and is also involved with other activities at her church. She is passionate about educating and inspiring people to eat well to improve their health, energy, and overall quality of life.
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Mission: To Change the Way People Eat �Feeding People Food � The Way Food Was Meant To Be� Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free �Clean� recipes for the home cook. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie works as a personal chef in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. After graduating from Boston University Business School, Amie followed her passion for cooking and healthy living through training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Amie shares her passion for and approach to �Clean Eating� by focusing on whole foods and ingredients that are good for you and your body. Through The Healthy Apple, Amie provides balanced, accessible and engaging information on the most basic components of good health. Amie struggled with chronic leg swelling, stomach problems and colitis; even venturing out to Mayo Clinic in 2010 to hear there was nothing wrong with her. After spending several years dealing with severe digestive issues, while pursuing a career in marketing and advertising, Amie�s health continued to deteriorate. Amie decided to take her health into her own hands and sought alternative options. It wasn�t until she began working with an Integrative Medical Doctor that Amie learned she was suffering from heavy metal accumulation and was born without the gene to absorb folate, key in detoxification. This made Amie realize that medicine can only do so much � it wasn�t offering her body what it needed to heal. Using acupuncture, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, and fresh, whole, unprocessed foods, Amie healed and remains 100% symptom free nearly five years later. Amie is unable to digest gluten, sugar and oils. The past few years Amie has discovered she is allergic to sulfates and cannot digest packaged foods, therefore she follows a Clean lifestyle filled with lean proteins, health fats and lots of veggies. In 2011, she quit her corporate job in order to focus on her consulting business, in which she develops recipes, makes media appearances, and engages consumer groups on behalf of food companies. In addition, Amie is active in many organizations that focus on food, nutrition and health. In addition to The Healthy Apple Culinary Nutrition work, Amie is a Food Media Expert and was previously the Culinary Nutritionist for the NBA Fit Program. Amie�s experience spans from Marketing, Branding and Advertising at Ralph Lauren Corporate, VOGUE Magazine and the NBA. Her work as a Marketing Consultant spans the hotel, spa, restaurant and FMG sectors�creating menus, developing marketing and PR efforts and building brand awareness for her clients. She has served as a brand ambassador for many well-known healthy living companies such as Rudi�s Gluten-Free Bread and Musselman�s Applesauce, contributing to their websites, attending conferences and food expos across the nation on their behalf. Amie�s insights and advice appears in Glamour Magazine, The Food Network Blog, The Food Network website, The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Whole Living, Martha Stewart Radio, Clean Eating Magazine, Kiwi Magazine, the Doctors, YahooShine!, Rodale Institute, WebMD, The Daily Meal, Bing.com, Vitacost and Livestrong.com. Amie is the Recipe Editor for Williams Sonoma, Foodista, Foodily, One Green Planet, This Dish is Veg, Eat Drink Better, GIG Gluten-Intolerance Group Magazine, GenConnect, Celiac.com, Around The Plate, Honest Cooking, the NY Times Best Seller Series Skinny Bitch, Healthy Bitch Daily and Gluten-Free Faces as well as the Manhattan Gluten-Free Food Editor for the Examiner. Not limiting her focus to companies and brands, Amie works hands-on with individuals and groups as a Personal Chef, Food Allergy Concierge and Healthy Family Pantry Stylist to guide them through their transition into a healthier lifestyle. Amie works with Whole Foods Market as their Gluten-Free Manhattan Cooking Instructor and is a Gluten-Free Industry Innovator when it comes to helping clients, the community and companies live a healthy and happy life. She understands how difficult it can be to find time in our hectic lives to create a home cooked, nutritious meal, but is here to show you how easy it can be. Struggling with lactose and gluten intolerance from a young age, Amie�s recipes cater to the Dairy and Gluten Free lifestyle, without sacrificing taste. Amie believes in everything in moderation. Never using the word �diet,� she stands by the truth that �each of us has control over what we put into our mouths and these choices impact our bodies now and in the future.�
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Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, is an endocrinologist and a leading world authority on diabetes mellitus. His clinical interests include type 1 diabetes, complicated type 2 diabetes, monogenic diabetes and hypoglycemia. Recognized for unmatched expertise in the treatment of diabetes that is difficult to manage, Dr. Philipson's multisciplinary team frequently accepts referrals and provides consultations. Under his leadership, Kovler Diabetes Center has been recognized as a one of only seven National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diabetes Research and Training Centers in the U.S. For more than 25 years, Dr. Philipson has tirelessly explored the biophysical, molecular and genetic aspects of insulin secretion, and the genetics of diabetes. He and his colleagues discovered rare insulin gene mutations that produce beta cell ER stress and, in turn, cause neonatal diabetes. In addition, Dr. Philipson and his colleagues are among the nation's leading experts on monogenic diabetes, following more than 100 patients diagnosed with neonatal diabetes and many others with maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY) type diabetes. He also serves as co-director of the Human Islet Transplantation project at the University of Chicago. Dr. Philipson has served as principal investigator on numerous research projects. His work is widely published in biomedical journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, Nature, Diabetes, American Journal of Physiology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. As president of the Chicago/Northern Illinois board of the American Diabetes Association and a member of its National Board, he has been invited to speak and present at scientific research conferences and symposia worldwide. In addition, Dr. Philipson is the recipient of numerous awards including ADA Research Awards and the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) Outstanding Scientist Award. He was also named the 2011 recipient of the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes by the American College of Physicians. Practice Locations The University of Chicago Medicine 5841 S. Maryland Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine 5758 S. Maryland Avenue Chicago, IL 60637
Born and raised in MICHIGAN I started to get into sports at a young age. I loved how it made me feel to work hard and accomplish my goals on and off the field. Soon after I seen that I had the ability not only to change my own life for the better through health and wellness, but others too! I went along to get my certification through nationally accredited certifications and receiving my degree in kinesiology from W.S.U. I always loved a challenge so I then pursued fitness competitions where I received my IFBB Pro card in 2013. Being a natural athlete this was a great accomplishment. Eventually I started getting into the commercial print realm through fitness and training. I am grateful to be featured in most of the biggest Exercise magazines such as Flex, men's health, muscle and fitness and more. I finally hit my first magazine cover through muscle and performance in 2015. If you have a vision and you want to make it real, you need to have the faith and belief that it can be done. Put your thought into action, create momentum to lasting change. I am a regular Joe that worked hard mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually I have been training clients with over 15,000 hours of experience through my career. My passion and vision is to create a IMPACT in people's lives through health and wellness. I work with everyone, from average joes, soccer moms, elite athletes , competitors and youth. My mentality is if you work hard for something and don't give up, you will become which what you focus on. Remember when you invest in yourself, I'm invested in you as well. Let's make a change in your life TODAY!
Wanda is a dietitian and diabetes educator at Florida Hospital Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute Tampa, FL. She has worked as a renal case manager and clinical dietitian at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida. Wanda has also been Chief Clinical Dietitian at Hialeah Hospital Hialeah, FL. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Wanda's interests include translation, running, circuit training, visit historic small towns and healthy cooking.
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Dr. Rajan has a Ph.D in Human Biology and 12 years of experience in Medical Research. Dr. Rajan is a former faculty at the Kovler Diabetes Center, University of Chicago and has authored several research papers including a patent. Currently Dr. Rajan is the Founder and CEO of Prana Diabetes, a company that focuses on preventing and managing diabetes using the power of technology.
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Shelly Najjar, MPH, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who helps women stop fighting their bodies, eat what they want, and feel healthy and confident so they can live the life they dream of. She loves traveling, bucket listing, and working on projects that are important to her. Maintaining a flexible, non-diet approach to wellness makes those things possible. Shelly helps clients get free from shame-based diet culture and teaches them to trust their bodies to improve their overall wellness... with NO off-limits foods.
 
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