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My Journey into Wellness!

July 18, 2011

The “Why” Behind The Wellness 

While planning health and wellness events throughout Southwest Florida monthly for the past four years I have found all sorts of interesting places to explore and share with my network. Many are small businesses, or quaint spots off the beaten path. Others have been larger, well known businesses that under normal circumstance might not have thought to host a community health mixer.  I enjoy presenting them to the community on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Wellness Wednesday Mixer, which is always free and has grown from our original meeting of 20-25 attendees to a quite considerable event of over 100+ attendees each month.

As we are a community event, we also support a community non-profit, Hope Hospice. Everything connects back to the community.  The #1 question I get asked constantly… “This is a great event Marci, but it’s free and it’s a huge undertaking every single month. WHY do you do it?”

Simple… Because it’s important.

Marci Gower & Angie Patterson

The basic foundation for creating this event four years ago was simple enough. Educate people on the emerging health & wellness scene in Southwest Florida. It has become much greater than that. There is a strong and growing green & organic movement here in Southwest Florida too and it’s important to me to let people know not only about traditional & alternative healthy & holistic options but also to expand their knowledge about organic, earth-friendly & sustainable options that are available locally that will also support the local economy.

My goal is to inform people and have them explore their choices at their own pace. Every person who is currently living a healthier or an organic lifestyle had to start somewhere. If you provide the local tools, they can start taking steps to living healthier or making the changes to go green in their community now. I am not trying to convince anyone that one way of life is “better” than another. As a provider of the information I might propel them into making changes that could modify their life for the better and (hopefully) perhaps in the long term, our planet.

Everyone has a different idea of “healthy” so at Wellness Wednesday we keep it light, introducing different products and practices, at a pace everyone can relate to no matter where you are at in the process of making transitions in your life. Whether you are a novice or a master, you are encouraged to participate and share with someone else.

Our speakers have covered many topics and the traditional and alternative medical professionals especially in the area have been very generous to me over the years, speaking at the event on a broad spectrum of topics, from cancer to menopause to most recently dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I am very grateful to all of them for keeping an open mind on a myriad of subject matters, and I encourage other professionals who would like to speak at an upcoming event, to please contact me.

Deciding on a monthly venue can be tricky. Most of the time, as I mentioned, I find a great small business tucked away somewhere that I have my little “OMG moment” and simply must find a way to hold an event there. Unfortunately many venues simply do not have the space or parking available to hold a large crowd, so often they opt to become spotlight vendors at our events instead so they can still share their information with the community. Ultimately the goal is to network.

We’ve held some great events in the tightest of places, setting up tents so the venue could hold the event outside, it worked because the EVENT as a concept works. People love to attend the event. It has taken on a heartbeat of its own.

Others venues have been chosen because of the importance to bring people into a Business they might normally feel reticence to visit unless the need arose under stress or unfortunate circumstance. We often make choices under duress in these situations simply because we let our emotions take over. One of my main goals when I created the Wellness Wednesday was to introduce some non-traditional type venues in a comfortable, non-threatening atmosphere. These have included schools for the disabled, retirement communities, and even funeral homes.

A perfect example of this is the location I chose for our June Wellness Wednesday event, hosted by the Calusa Harbour Senior Living Community in Fort Myers. The setting, luxurious as a country club, made one almost forget we were setting up a networking mixer in a retirement & assisted living facility and that all of the residents were seniors, many needing permanent care.

The atmosphere was light and breezy as I arrived. The staff was on top of every detail from the moment we pulled up. “I could get used to this”, I thought to myself. Too bad I have at least 20 some odd years to go… I recalled my older sister reminding me not wish my life away when I was a little girl, but it was tempting as the Gulf breeze lightly blew back a wisp of my hair as I watched the sailboats glide by on this spectacular Southwest Florida afternoon. What an absolutely glorious place to retire!

While approximately 140 attendees were treated to a lovely luncheon buffet and networked with 14 health & wellness spotlight table vendors, the buzz in the room was how accommodating the staff was, the magnificent Gulf views and how many times people had driven past the facility but had never come inside. Why would you if you had no need in elder care or a retirement village? This is precisely why I hold this event. To familiarize people with options BEFORE they need them, and before they are in a state of duress or pressure and decision making is stressful. To read more about our June event – click here.

Now, back to the original question: Why do I put this free event on every month? The purpose of Wellness Wedneday is to educate, to network, to give back to the community and to make a difference.

I hope at some point I will have or already have made a small difference in your life, whether it was for your business or regarding your personal health/lifestyle with the information I’ve provided. If I did, then I’ve accomplished my goal.

I invite everyone to attend the July 27th Wellness Wednesday from 5:00pm to 7:30 at Gold’s Gym at 8540 Dayton Avenue in Fort Myers. Our speaker this month will be Professor and Martial Arts Grand Master Eddie Rose, who will educate and demonstrate self defense and assault survival training methods that can save your life. Our grand prize this month is a 1-year membership to Gold’s Gym, valid at Cape Coral & Fort Myers locations and valued at $450.00!

Get involved with the Florida Wellness Network. Connect with us ~ Connect with the Community!  Contact us for 20% off advertising through July 15th.

Come out and be a local hero! Donate blood between 2pm and 7pm on Wednesday July 27th at Gold’s Gym in Fort Myers! No appointment necessary – just bring your photo ID.

The Big Red Bus will be outside Gold’s Gym during the Wellness Wednesday event but you can come by any time during the day between 2pm -7pm or make an appointment if it’s easier for you so we can keep you on your busy networking schedule! – just call Marci: 239-691-6955 if you’d like to schedule ahead. You will receive a free movie voucher just for donating.

Fit and Free Healthy Networking at Gold’s Gym!

July 11, 2011

Health & Wellness Networking

FREE After Hours Networking Mixer 

 Wednesday, July 27th 5:00pm – 7:30pm

 

 Admission is Always FREE

Complimentary Chair Massage

Light Refreshments Served

Quality Give-Aways – No Purchase Ever Required!

 Meet Local Health and Wellness Professionals in a comfortable, inviting
environment. Wellness Wednesday is always open to the
community.
The public are encouraged to attend and meet local people with similar
interests in health and wellness.

8540 Dayton Avenue, Fort Myers, FL

(Entrance at Crystal Drive) 

Venue Directions: 239-278-7777  More Event Info: 239-691-6955
Venue Directions – click here

STRESS FREE NETWORKING!

  

You work out, you’re fit and you’re even fast… But can you REALLY defend yourself? Guest speaker, Professor, Grand Master Eddie Rose will educate & demonstrate self defense &
assault survival training methods that can save your life.

Professor Rose has 40 years of Martial Arts experience, 30 years of combined Law Enforcement & Security/Protection experience, is a Former Law Enforcement Officer/Detective, World Class Martial Arts Grandmaster Instructor & Innovator, Protection Specialist, Former Private Investigator & Detective Agency Owner, and is a dynamic International Lecturer. He is the President and
Founder of Integrated Dreams Enterprises LLC and Tora Hana Training Company.

You do not want to miss his exciting demonstration!

 Planet Smoothie & Jersey Mike’s will be providing healthy light refreshments & International Massage will be offering free chair massage to our guests. [ma42975]

 About our Host Venue: Gold’s Gym are the original, the place where it all began more than 45 years ago when, Joe Gold opened a modest fitness center in Venice Beach, California and began a tradition of commitment, passion and dedication that is now practiced at more than 600 locations across the globe.  They help people realize their goals and find their inner strength. They combine the most diverse amenities in the industry with the best personal training to deliver the ultimate fitness experience.

Come out and be a local hero! Donate blood between 2pm and 7pm on Wednesday July 27th at Gold’s Gym in Fort Myers! No appointment necessary – just bring your photo ID.  The Big Red Bus will be outside Gold’s Gym during the Wellness Wednesday event but you can come by any time during the day between 2pm -7pm or make an appointment if it’s easier for you so we can keep you on your busy networking schedule! – make your appointment online at www.fbcdonor.org and use account # M8HO. You will receive a free movie voucher just for donating.

No purchase is necessary to win any of our give-aways.

This Month’s Grand Prize is a One Year Gym Membership to Gold’s Gym Valued at $450.00 – valid at the Fort Myers and Cape Coral locations.

Wellness Wednesday has a reputation of having quality give-aways from our generous vendors every month. Why? Because our vendors CARE about the community so much they sincerely want to have their Health & Wellness products sampled by local attendees.

Plus, you don’t have to buy tickets to win. What could be better?

 Join Us For a Chance to Win Great Give Aways

Every Month From Our Generous Vendors

Wellness Wednesday is a unique mixture of businesses and consumers

sharing and caring together within the local community.

 The event is always FREE thanks to the generous contribution from our primary sponsor,

 Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services.

  Anderson ~ Patterson Cremation and

Funeral Services.

 Family owned with 2 locations in Fort Myers & Lehigh Acres, Florida

 2701 Lee Blvd.
Lehigh Acres, Florida   33971
239.368.7080

3654 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, Florida   33916
239.694.4121

UPCOMING EVENT SCHEDULE

 Wednesday August 24th

Mini Expo & Seminar

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Wednesday September 28th

10:00am – 3:00pm Expo & Trade Show

Cape Coral Yacht Club

 Wednesday October 26th

4th Annual “Fun at the Funeral Home” Healthy Halloween Party

Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services, Fort Myers

Wellness Wednesday has a passion for supporting the community and we always

offer an opportunity for you to support a local non-profit organization.

Please join us in supporting Hope Hospice of Cape Coral.

  The Hope Hospice Mission
Our mission is to provide exceptional care and

support to every individual and their loved ones

as they fulfill life’s journey.

The Hope Hospice Vision  Our vision is to create an environment in

which life’s journey is cherished. http://www.hopehcs.org/

  

 Wellness Wednesday is brought to you by The Florida Wellness Network.

A Wellness Wednesday on the Water!

July 6, 2011

The Florida Wellness Network is now in our 4th year of presenting  Wellness Wednesday, our community networking and informational event held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at a different venue throughout Lee County. Our mission is to bring people together with similar interests in health and wellness in a comfortable, inviting environment where they can meet local, health & wellness professionals. The event is always free and open to the community.

What we’ve created is a unique mixture of businesses and consumers sharing and caring together within the local community. Click here to view pictures from our past events!

Our June Wellness Wednesday event, was hosted by the Calusa Harbour Senior Living Community in Fort Myers. The setting, luxurious as a country club, made one almost forget we were setting up a networking mixer in a retirement & assisted living facility and that all of the residents were seniors, many needing permanent care.

The atmosphere was light and breezy as I arrived. The staff was on top of every detail from the moment we pulled up. “I could get used to this”, I thought to myself. Too bad I have at least 20 some odd years to go… I recalled my older sister reminding me not wish my life away when I was a little girl, but it was tempting as the Gulf breeze lightly blew back a wisp of my hair as I watched the sailboats glide by on this spectacularSouthwest Floridaafternoon. What an absolutely glorious place to retire!

While approximately 140 attendees were treated to a lovely luncheon buffet and networked with 14 health & wellness spotlight table vendors, the buzz in the room was how accommodating the staff was, the magnificent Gulf views and how many times people had driven past the facility but had never come inside. Why would you if you had no need in elder care or a retirement village? This is precisely why I hold this event. To familiarize people with options BEFORE they need them, and before they are in a state of duress or pressure and decision making is stressful.

Dr. Reddy

The highlight of the June mixer was our speaker, Dr Nallu Reddy of the Hospitalist Group of Southwest Florida. Our focus of the event was “The Life Cycle and How We Age” and Dr Reddy discussed the many types of dementia and Alzheimer ’s disease. Dr Reddy explained the many different types of dementia and how each one affects a person differently.

There are several things that could cause dementia:

  • Diseases that cause degeneration or loss of nerve cells in the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.
  • Diseases that affect blood vessels, such as stroke, which can cause a disorder known as multi-infarct dementia.
  • Toxic reactions, like excessive alcohol or drug use.
  • Nutritional deficiencies, like vitamin B12 and folate deficiency.
  • Infections that affect the brain and spinal cord
  • Certain types of hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid in the brain that can result from developmental abnormalities, infections, injury, or brain tumors.
  • Head injury — either a single severe head injury or longer term smaller injuries, like in boxers or soccer players.
  • Illnesses other than in the brain, such as kidney, liver, and lung diseases, can all lead to dementia.

Marci Gower & Angie Patterson

    An audience member asked about the use of natural supplements to prevent or cure dementia. Dr Reddy explained sadly that the many studies of natural supplements that have been ongoing simply have not shown any proof of results of these claims. He mentioned Vitamin E and Ginkgo Biloba as examples.  He stressed he would be very happy as a medical doctor to be behind any natural supplement that would help this insidious horrible disease, but there is simply no medical proof to support it. He did mention the herb tumeric, which is a natural antiseptic and has for centuries had many medicinal qualities, specifically as an anti-inflammatory as being one natural supplement that has shown some benefits with dementia patients, but again, there are no proven medical studies to actually support it as a preventative or cure.

He did say that drugs that have come out in the mid-90’s, such as Aricept, which are used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer’s are having the most benefit with patients,  as they keep the disease from progressing at a slower rate.

Dr Reddy was very gracious and answered numerous questions from our audience and was extremely personable with our guests. I had a number of people call me after the event to ask for his information. He made quite an impression.

Winner - Nayda Figeuroa of Aflac

I lost my father 2 years ago to Alzheimer’s and I found it fascinating to learn about all the different types of dementia and how they manifest. My father took Aricept for 5 years and his quality of life was certainly helped by taking the drug, and he was cognizant until he passed away. This of course was a godsend to my Mother, as his primary caregiver.  I also found it particularly interesting to find out that certain athletes (specifically Boxers and soccer players) may develop a certain type of dementia as early as 40 years of age due to the repetitive knocks they take to the front of their heads.

I also wish to congratulate Nayda Figeuroa of Aflac on winning our grand prize this month. A $100.00 gift certificate to The Morgan House restaurant.

I invite everyone to attend the July 27th Wellness Wednesday from 5:00pm to 7:30 at Gold’s Gym at 8540 Dayton Avenue in Fort Myers. Our speaker this month will be Professor and Martial Arts Grand Master Eddie Rose, who will educate and demonstrate self defense and assault survival training methods that can save your life. Our grand prize this month is a 1-year membership to Gold’s Gym, valid at Cape Coral & Fort Myers locations and valued at $450.00!

Get involved with the Florida Wellness Network. Connect with us ~ Connect with the Community!  Contact us for 20% off advertising through July 15th.

Come out and be a local hero! Donate blood between 2pm and 7pm on Wednesday July 27th at Gold’s Gym inFort Myers! No appointment necessary – just bring your photo ID.

The Big Red Bus will be outside Gold’s Gym during the Wellness Wednesday event but you can come by any time during the day between 2pm -7pm or make an appointment if it’s easier for you so we can keep you on your busy networking schedule! – just call Marci: 239-691-6955 if you’d like to schedule ahead. You will receive a free movie voucher just for donating.

About our June Venue: Calusa Harbour is a Full Service Rental Senior Living Community on the waterfront. They offer Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitative Care.CalusaHarbour is ideal if you’re an active senior who wants to focus on the things you enjoy most in life, yet have the assistance should you need it.

A local venue is selected each month to host the event in order to showcase a variety of businesses in the Southwest Florida community. Venues are often chosen to take the “mystery” out of a certain industry and highlight a local business owner who provides that service to the community.

If you’d like to host a Wellness Wednesday event, please contact us.

Wellness Wednesday is ALWAYS FREE thanks to the generosity of our event sponsor Anderson Patterson Funeral & Cremation Services. Family owned with 2 locations in Fort Myers & Lehigh Acres, Florida.  http://www.andersonpatterson.com/

Click here to host a future event or for showcase vendor information contact Marci Gower at marci@floridawellnessnetwork.com. Find us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter now!

You Can Make A Difference!

June 20, 2011

The Florida Wellness Network is all about building healthy connections and creating healthy awareness. We strive to connect you the community and sometimes our community needs YOU! Today we bring you a call to HELP protect our natural habitat. Please read the information below and we urge you to take action and offer your generous support. For more information on The Conservation Foundation of The Gulf Coast please click here.

Can We Save 190 Acres of Pine Island
on Matlacha Pass?

An Extraordinary and Fleeting Opportunity

Raising $229,000 before July 18, 2011 will permanently protect 190 acres of land on Pine Island  and create a public preserve to protect what we value most in Southwest Florida. Unspoiled  coastal habitat like this is essential for young tarpon, bald eagles, gopher tortoise and wading birds. By protecting upland and shoreline habitat for wildlife and native plants, we will also enhance the Greater Charlotte Harbor Ecological Corridor including Boca Grande, Pine Island, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Cayo Costa State Park, Palm Island and the Sannibel-Captiva barrier islands.

Fishing, especially for tarpon, is essential to the region’s cultural identity and economic well being. Tarpon typically do not mature sexually for ten years and the sub-adults need marsh and mangrove habitat in order to grow. After reaching critical size, young tarpon will leave the mangroves to become the open-water fish we love.  This property provides habitat suitable for young tarpon and many other fish.

Click to view full size image

The shoreline of mangrove habitat is home to 3 species of seagrasses, 3 species of mangroves, more than 100 species of invertebrates, 200 species of fish and 150 species of shore and wading birds.  The wetland portion of the site contains a salt flat and mangrove swamp. Nesting and foraging habitat for many species of upland animals will be improved through ecologically responsible management of the property. Currently, gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes and bald eagles are found at the project site.

Located on Stringfellow Road on Pine Island, Florida, the 190 acres is contiguous or in close proximity to other protected lands, including Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge, Charlotte  Harbor Buffer State Park and Little Pine Island Wildlife Refuge. This site is also located on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail and is adjacent to the Pine Island-Hendry Trail on Lee  County’s Greenway Master Plan. Finally, this property borders 230 acres purchased by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf  Coast in 2009 with a grant from the Florida Communities Trust.

The compelling conservation values of the land and the rare opportunity to protect such  substantial acreage have earned broad support from a diverse coalition of the area’s opinion leaders and decision makers. It would not be possible without the powerful partnership between Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Lee  County 20/20 and a private landowner. Lee  County 20/20 Conservation Lands Program has the property under contract to purchase at less than half of the property’s appraised value as of Dec. 2010, according to an independent real estate appraisal obtained by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.Now the only obstacle to closing on the 190 acres is $229,000. Won’t you help save this special place?

The Florida Wellness Network would like to help you bring awareness on your project or organiztion in need. We would like to help you promote your business and connect you to the community. For more information on our advertising, events and blogging please contact Marci Gower at (239) 691-6955 or email her at Marci@FloridaWellnessNetwork.com.

June Health and Wellness Networking Mid-Day Mixer!

June 16, 2011

Health & Wellness Networking

Special MID-DAY Mixer 

 Wednesday, June 22nd 11am – 1:00pm

 

 Admission is Always FREE

Complimentary Chair Massage

Light Refreshments Served

Quality Give-Aways – No Purchase Ever Required!

 Meet Local Health and Wellness Professionals in a comfortable, inviting
environment. Wellness Wednesday is always open to the
community.
The public are encouraged to attend and meet local people with similar
interests in health and wellness.

 2525 First Street Fort Myers, FL 33901
Venue Directions: 239-332-3333
More Event Info: 239-691-6955
Visit Website

STRESS FREE NETWORKING!

  

Our  June event will focus on “The Life Cycle and How We Age”.  How much influence does our lifestyle impact our lifespan?  Can certain health products or  lifestyles really slow or accelerate the aging process? Dr. Nallu Reddy, MD, who is affiliated with the Hospitalist  Group of Southwest Florida, will also be speaking about how to identify the early  signs of dementia and  Alzheimer’s Disease, and will discuss  some of the latest medical breakthroughs.

Our attendees are invited to enjoy an afternoon lunch buffet, a complimentary chair  massage and all guests are eligible to WIN A $100.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE to  The Morgan House in Downtown Fort Myers, courtesy of our hosts with no purchase necessary! And of course you will meet many vendors with great products to share with the  community. Don’t miss this exciting event, and all of the great give-aways we  have planned this month in the welcoming office space of this month’s host  venue, Calusa Harbour, A Sunrise Senior Living Community.

ABOUT OUR JUNE VENUE: Calusa  Harbour is a Full Service Rental Senior Living Community on the  waterfront. They offer Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing  and Rehabilitative Care. Calusa Harbour is ideal if you’re an active senior who  wants to focus on the things you enjoy most in life, but yet have the assistance should you need it.

Wellness Wednesday has a reputation of
having quality give-aways from our generous vendors every month.

Why? Because our vendors CARE about the community so much they sincerely want
to have their Health & Wellness products sampled by local attendees.

Plus, you don’t have to buy tickets to win. What could be better?

Join Us For a Chance to Win 

A  $100.00 Gift Certificate to

The Morgan House Restaurant

From Our June Host Venue

Calusa Harbour

A Sunrise Senior Living Community On The  Waterfront

And many, many more gifts from our generous  vendors.

In May we gave away over 30 gifts.

On average Wellness Wednesday distributes a
minimum of 30 give-aways at each event. Total prizes typically total more than
$1000 on a monthly basis and are donated by both the vendors and other
attendees. They flood this event each month by businesses that enjoy the extra
exposure this niche event provides.

Wellness Wednesday is a unique mixture of businesses and consumers

sharing and caring together within the local community.

 The event is always FREE thanks to the generous contribution from our primary sponsor,

 Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services.

  Anderson ~ Patterson Cremation and

Funeral Services.

 Family owned with 2 locations in Fort Myers & Lehigh Acres, Florida

 2701 Lee Blvd.
Lehigh Acres, Florida   33971
239.368.7080

3654 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, Florida   33916
239.694.4121

UPCOMING EVENT SCHEDULE

 Wednesday June 22nd

Calusa Harbour Sunrise Senior Living Community, Fort Myers

Wednesday July 27th

Gold’s Gym, Fort Myers

Wednesday August 24th

Mini Expo & Seminar

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Wednesday September 28th

10:00am – 3:00pm Expo & Trade Show

Cape Coral Yacht Club

 Wednesday October 26th

4th Annual “Fun at the Funeral Home” Healthy Halloween Party

Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services, Fort Myers

Wellness Wednesday has a passion for supporting the community and we always

offer an opportunity for you to support a local non-profit organization.

Please join us in supporting Hope Hospice of Cape Coral.

  The Hope Hospice Mission
Our mission is to provide exceptional care and

support to every individual and their loved ones

as they fulfill life’s journey.

The Hope Hospice Vision  Our vision is to create an environment in

which life’s journey is cherished. http://www.hopehcs.org/

  

 Wellness Wednesday is brought to you by The Florida Wellness Network.

Why do I need a Health Coach Anyway?

June 15, 2011

The Florida Wellness Network is all about creating healthy connections that will bring you closer to a healthier, happier life! We strongly believe that each and every one of us needs to educate ourselves and find out what works best for us. Below is an article from one of our advertisers and we hope it will bring you more insight into what Health Coaching is all about – find out if it’s just what you’re been looking for!

Is a Health Coach for YOU?

I’d like to start this blog by saying congratulations on taking your health seriously. With the condition of today’s healthcare system, you may be saying enough is enough; I am taking control of my health.  I say good for you!! Let’s jump into the idea of working with a health coach. We see the term “coaching” fairly often today.  It is a term that is used in reference to sports, life, finances, health, business, fitness, transitions,  etc… but what does it really mean?

Simply stated, a coach is one who facilitates growth and change One who makes an action easier.  Wow you say, I can have a health coach by my side and my goal for optimal health can be made easier….I say yes!

Your opportunity is to understand where you are with your health.  Where would you like to see changes?

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Weight management
  • Stress management
  • Recreation and fun
  • Meditation and pray

Now, before you get overwhelmed, understand that success begins with a single action.  Where do you want to start?

It is your choice.  The relationship between the coach and coachee is an accountability partnership focused on the overall health outcome goals as defined by coachee.  Yeah…finally it is all about YOU!!! We guide you to stay focused on your goal especially in the face of “speed bumps”; for example, what life circumstances are pulling you off the path of your goal (parties, travel, vacation, work, social pressure, yummy food).

Your health coach guides YOU to talk about what is most troubling to YOU about YOUR conditions, what YOU most want to change, what support YOU have to foster change, and what obstacles or difficulties should be removed to accomplish success.

So, before you toy with the idea of working with a health coach, ask yourself what area of my health am I most interested in improving?

Let’s explore the health coaching company, Take Shape for Life (TSFL).  As a TSFL Health Coach, I coach in the area of weight loss and weight management while guiding clients to adopt new habits of health.  Take Shape for Life is a health program, with product and a network of support.  You can view my website at http://jerimatera.tsfl.com/  If weight loss is your first step, then TSFL may be a good choice for YOU.  Here is the best news… with TSFL, the health coach is FREE. Yes, FREE.  This is not the case with other health coaches.

If however, you want to improve your health through more physical training, and weight loss is not an issue for YOU than a fitness coach may be your best place to start. It’s about getting clear on where you are so that you can begin your journey to more optimal health with the best health coach for you. So, let’s say that weight loss is your first step, let’s get started.

Our current reality is a world full of stress, a sedentary lifestyle, larger food portions and low-nutritional quality foods that are readily available.  It is not our fault  we got into this situation, just look around at the number of fast food restaurants.

Establishing new patterns of eating that last the rest of your life, starting one step at a time!

By now we recognize that if we take in more calories than we need we get tired, fatter and less productive.  That road leads to diabetes and heart disease. Because you are now taking responsibility for your health, you are choosing a different road.  I call this road “Partnership on the road to health”. As your health coach, I would start with some general questions and then discuss with you if Take Shape for Life is the right health program for you.

A good coach always starts with finding out about you.

  1. What’s bothering you about your weight?
  2. How do you feel the extra weight is affecting you?
  3. What one step would you be willing to take this week towards losing weight?
  4. Would you be willing to journal about what you eat this week?
  5. Who is supporting you?

I hope you learned something new about health coaching.  As with any area of your life, the relationship you have with the one you work with will contribute to your success.  There are many health coaches with different areas of focus.  You may want to start to find the right health coach through your doctor, a friend, a co-worker or another health coach.

To YOUR success.

Next……new patterns of eating!!

Take Shape for Life

Jeri Matera, Registered Pharmacist

Health Coach

Do I really need a Bookkeeper?

June 9, 2011

The Florida Wellness Network is all about creating healthy connections that will bring you closer to succes in your life and in your business. We strongly believe that a healthy life starts with creating a stress free environment. Below is an article from one of our advertisers and we hope will help you create a stress free business when it comes to your bookkeeping!

Bookkeeping Tips by Bean Counters of Florida

# 1 Keep an audit trail
An audit trail is nothing more than a record of all your invoices and checks in numeric order. The thing to remember is never skip numbers. Record voided check and invoice numbers in numeric order with all other checks and invoices, only denote each one that is “voided.” This assures there will be no gaps in your numerical sequence and leaves a proper audit trail.

# 2 Due Date Reminders
It’s a good idea to follow a payroll tax due date reminder. Whether you have a payroll service preparing your payroll tax returns or you’re preparing them yourself, you should follow a check-off list of all the required payroll tax reports. A good due date reminder would be customized to your business’ specific payroll liabilities and include the follow information:

  • Due date
  • Type of tax
  • Report number
  • Government agency
  • Time period covered
  • Submit money, a report or both

# 3 Remember to Be Consistent
Consistency is essential to successful business bookkeeping. If you use a paper bookkeeping system, always be sure to head your columns the same way each month throughout the year. This small matter of consistency will save you and your accountant time and aggravation.

# 4 Keep Good Records
Many business owners don’t keep good records. Some don’t understand bookkeeping; others understand it, but may be afraid of what the numbers might tell them. Think of it this way–bookkeeping is the glue that keeps your business together. If your records aren’t in good shape, the business could fall apart. A healthy business is monitored through its records on a regular basis so you can find problems and correct them before it’s too late.

# 5 Deposit Ticket Books
How do you handle your bank deposits? One easy way is to record your daily deposit in a deposit ticket book. Generally, these books come with a white (original) copy and yellow (duplicate) copy in books of 50. For a small business, an order of 200 duplicate deposit tickets could last 2 years unless you make deposits every day. As you write each deposit ticket, it is a good idea to remove the white
copy to give to the bank and leave the duplicate (yellow) in the book. That way nothing gets lost.

Why would I have to hire a bookkeeping service? I can just go out and buy QuickBooks and do it myself.

Yes, you can, and then again you can’t. Why do we say this? Clients come to us after they’ve attempted to do their own books with QuickBooks.  They usually fall into two categories:  those that have made a complete mess of things and those who find they don’t have the time to get to it what with running their businesses, managing their employees, handling sales and marketing, family and so on. Eventually they find themselves so far behind that they know they’ll never catch up.

Hiring a professional bookkeeping service gives you a professional individual who doesn’t need to be trained, doesn’t want health insurance, workers compensation or vacation pay. Bookkeepers do the work of accountants for an affordable price.  Can you go to your CPA?  Sure you can.  But think about this.  They charge their normal fee, pay their bookkeeper a wage or a fee and pocket the difference. Wouldn’t you rather have that money in your pocket?

We bring to your business over 35 years of accounting  and bookkeeping experience.  We’ve worked  with a number of different companies and know what you need and what needs to  be done to get your books in order and keep them that way. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out about  your bookkeeping, then give us a call.  We will be glad to help. Bean  Counters of Florida is a full service bookkeeping company that serves small  and start up businesses.  What do we mean by full service?  Well, everything from  reconciling your accounts all the way to paying your bills and doing your  payroll.  We do it all!!

Judith McMahon

239-313-6322  Office

239-288-2546  Fax

Judith@beancountersfl.com

www.BeanCountersFL.com

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