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Charlotte Hilton Andersen
is a health and fitness writer and author of the blog and book, The Great Fitness Experiment. She reviews health and fitness research and tests it out on herself. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Redbook magazine and BlogHer.

 

Liz Bragdon teaches yoga & movement exploration for all ages, writes every day, and plays as often as possible, especially while teaching and writing. (And also when doing neither, as her son, Nick, is insistent she climb trees, hop fences, play any kind of ball game, and avoid excessively serious things). With her dear friend, business partner, & fellow Mom, Wendy Piret, she creates follow-along yoga & movement stories for children, which they take on the road as interactive performances in schools, libraries, and other venues. One of their story series, Scooter and Me, is available on DVD and has won some pretty cool awards since its release in 2010. You can check out how much fun Liz and Wendy are having and how passionate they are about play, movement, learning and living at www.move-with-me.com and www.littletreescreativeplay.com.

headshots-jan[1]Jan Bruce is CEO and co-founder of meQuilibrium, the first online stress management program. Bruce has spent the past twenty years pioneering new brands in health, wellness, consumer lifestyle, and holisitic medicine, and is widely recognized as an authority on health, sustainable living — particularly for women. She’s former publisher of Body+Soul, which she sold to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she served as their managing director for five years — during which time she quadrupled the revenues and tripled circulation, spawning a multi-platform franchise.

 

 

Kris Carr is a New York Times best-selling author, motivatinal speaker and wellness coach. She is the subject of the inspirational documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, which she wrote and directed for TLC, and the author of the groundbreaking Crazy Sexy Cancer book series. Kris’ third book, Crazy Sexy Diet (#1 Amazon Best Seller, NY Times Best Seller) is the ultimate diet and lifestyle game plan for wellness warriors seeking peak health, spiritual wealth and happiness. Kris regularly lectures at medical schools, hospitals, wellness centers, corporations such as Whole Foods, and Harvard University. She is a Contributing Editor for Natural Health magazine and writes for many online publications. Television appearances include: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show, Today Show, Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Kris is also the founder of crazysexylife.com an award-winning wellness site offering daily tips, articles, programs and events. As an irreverent foot soldier in the fight against disease, Kris inspires countless individuals to take charge of their health and happiness by adopting a plant-based diet, improving lifestyle practices, and learning to live and love with passion. Her motto: Make juice not war!

Heather and Damian Dubé are a husband-wife team whose unique functional nutrition and metabolic health approach is featured throughout the industry in Men’s Fitness, OnFitness, Livestrong.com and as industry expert peer reviewers. With over 40 years industry experience combined, their education and backgrounds include natural health, holistic nutrition, coaching psychology, exercise physiology & US national level competitive athletics.

They are the co-creators of e3 Energy Evolved, a system to naturally rebalance health, change your body & live the fat loss lifestyle, which they discovered during their inspirational 3 year journey to heal auto immune illness through nutrient, energy and environmental strategies.

Marianne-ElliottAn acclaimed author, human rights advocate and yoga teacher, Marianne Elliott is a leading expert on making a difference. She writes and teaches on creating, developing and sustaining real change in personal life, work and the world.

Marianne served in the United Nations mission in Afghanistan (2005—2007) with a focus on human rights and gender issues. Her book, Zen Under Fire is a memori about doing good and being well in Afghanistan.

Much of Marianne’s work focuses on the use of yoga and mindfulness to support sustainable, conscious activism. She created the popular “30 Days of Yoga” online courses to help start your own yoga practice and “30 Days of Courage” to help you find your own way to be brave, do good and stay well.

Heather Fleming is a Clinical Nutritionist spreading empowerment and vitality versus restriction, deprivation and dieting.  She began her personal journey with acne and stomach issues since the age of 9.  She was inspired to change from a Business major and received my B.S in Nutritional Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She founded the Conscious Nutrition philosophy and program which implements a variety of nutrition modalities to support individuals to eliminate confusion and make gradual healthy lifestyle changes.

74cdd4984e5d22bc538554abebb9978f_biggerGreatist is the fastest-growing fitness, health and happiness media start-up. Check out more health and fitness news, tips, healthy recipes, expert and opinion and fun times at Greatist.

 

 

 

 

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Jill Grunewald is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach. Her business, Healthful Elements, focuses on whole foods nutrition for hormone balance, especially adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism, including autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s). Having suffered from these conditions, Jill immersed herself in learning the whys and wherefores of autoimmunity and adrenal burnout and is now honored to share this life-changing information with her clients. Motivated by the mantra, “We teach what we most need to learn,” Jill teaches women how to support and nourish their bodies with whole foods, lifestyle choices that promote balance, and other holistic remedies and botanicals so they too can regain their vitality and emerge from the thyroid and adrenal fog.

 

Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist, innovator and social entrepreneur.  Ellen was the Founder and Executive Director of the 30 Project, a think + do tank changing the conversation about the global food system by connecting hunger and obesity.

 

Hanson_thRick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of the bestselling Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 21 languages). Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s taught at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and in meditation centers in Europe, North America, and Australia. His work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Consumer Reports Health, and U.S. News and World Report. His weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has over 20,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major Web sites. For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

Sarah Kay Hoffman is an Experience Life community ambassador. She is passionate about food, fitness and just celebrated two years gluten-free. She is almost finished studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and dedicates much of her time helping women with digestive disease and intolerance while maintaining her blog, A Gutsy Girl. She continues to maintain her professional life as a social media and integrated markting consultant.

Mark Hyman, MD is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach called Functional Medicine. He is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in his field. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, and advocacy, he empowers others to stop managing symptoms and start treating the underlying causes of illness, thereby tackling our chronic-disease epidemic. For more about Dr. Hyman.

Melissa Joulwan writes about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen and in life on her blog, The Clothes Make the Girl. She is also the author of the popular cookbook, Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat as well as Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track.

After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and food as the enemy, Melissa found CrossFit, running and the paleo diet in 1009; she has been happily doing all of them ever since. In the aftermath of a thyroidectomy to remove thyroid nodules, she became particularly interested in understanding how diet affects hormones, body composition, mood and motivation.

Laurie Lethert Kocanda is an endurance athlete who has completed over 40 marathons and ultra-marathons as well as two Ironman triathlons. She is an ACE certified group fitness instructor and has been teaching group fitness classes for over ten years. She is a writer, therapist-in-training and a mom to two young daughters. She is co-author of the book Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom. Follow Laurie at her blog.

 

Frank Lipman MD is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine. A practicing physician, he is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC, where for over 20 years his personal blend of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality and recover their zest for life. To bring his approach to a wider audience and not just his NYC patients, he recently created Eleven Eleven Wellness and Total Renewal, a leading edge integrative health program to get your health on track. He is the author of Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again  (2009) (previously called Spent) and Total Renewal: 7 key steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health (2003). For more information on Dr. Lipman.

Maggie Lyon is a writer, speaker, mother, Zen Buddhist practitioner, yogi, and holistic consultant. Maggie profoundly believes in supporting her readers and clients alike in embracing the sweet depth of their essential selves and learning to say YES to life, no matter what. She draws on her training in natural health, holistic nutrition, energy medicine, intuitive wellness, and LIFE to guide others on their individual quests to thrive in tune with spirit as means for self-empowerment and transformation.

In addition to her blog MaggieLyonLight.com, Maggie is a featured contributor on Positively Positive, Owning Pink, ExperienceLife.com, and DrFrankLipman.com. She has also been a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, Feminist.com, and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation website. In addition, Maggie has been featured in Vital Juice NY, Black Ink, and Japanese Jane, and has written for Yoga Journal and TheBeautyBean.com.

Maggie lives in New York City with her husband, two kids, and a third one on the way.

Visit Maggie at www.maggielyonlight.com, friend her on Facebook www.facebook.com/MaggieLyonLight or follow her on Twitter @MaggieLyon.

SkinlessMaaria Mozaffar, Esq is the founder of The Skinless Project Company, a company created to help women reach their highest potential personally and professionally. She is a mother, a wife, a health advocate, a entrepreneur, an attorney, a thinker, a triathlete and an optimistic realist. She tries to consistently maximize her joy in the every day of her life and minimize her unnecessary stress. She believes every day is a journey waiting to be taken!

MightyNest was started by Kristen and Chris Conn who realized the impact their purchasing decisions had on their newborn baby. Kristen and Chris live in Evanston, Illinois and are the proud parents of Ayla and Merrick. Their unique Website offers great blogs, advice and research articles as well as products designed to help create a non-toxic home for every member of the family.

web_tara-sophia-mohr_cropTara Sophia Mohr is the founder of the global Playing Big leadership program for women. An expert on women’s leadership and wellbeing with a deep commitment to amplifying women’s voices, Tara empowers women to play bigger in their work and their lives. With an MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale, Tara takes a unique approach that blends inner work with practical skills training, and weaves together both intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom.  Visit her website to learn more.

Danielle Nierenberg is an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She recently spent two years traveling to more than 35 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia looking at environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger and poverty.

 

Tom Nikkola is the Director of Nutrition and Weight Management at Life Time Fitness. In addition to overseeing the program, he also manages nutritional products, which includes 3rd party brands as well as the Life Time brand. Tom graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN with a degree in pre-med Biology. He has certifications from the American Council on Exercise (Certified Personal Trainer), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach), and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (Certified Sports Nutritionist). Tom has been with Life Time since 2001.

Maryanne O’Brien is the founder of Live Dynamite, a life skills program that inspires, empowers and supports people to consciously create the life they want. The program is grounded in the scientific principles and emerging technologies that make change possible – positive psychology, neuroscience and physics. The transformational tools and evolutionary process teach people how to see new possibilities and take consistent action to create what matters most – personally and professionally. As speaker, trainer and strategic consultant, Maryanne brings her contagious enthusiasm for creating positive change into business cultures. Her work supports growth on all levels, so that individuals, cultures and businesses can thrive continuously.

OrganicAuthority is your trusted friend and the web’s leading resource for all things (what else?) organic! Food, drink, entertaining, health and more: come chill in our kitchen as we test drive the best recipes and chat about the organic lifestyle. On Organic Authority you’ll find out how to grow your first apartment herb garden, how to host a summer BBQ your friends will rave about for seasons to come, which natural deodorants actually work, and much more. Organic Authority has all the tips and expert advice you need for delicious living good!

John Romaniello, author of Final Phase Fat Loss and founder of Roman Fitness Systems, is a New York City based trainer, coach and writer. Having worked with clients of every stripe — from overweight teenagers to professional athletes to media and literary icons — Roman (as he’s affectionately known) is regarded as one of the premier body transformation specialists in the fitness industry. Known for his sometimes-acerbic wit and his proficiency at writing in the third person, Roman has been featured in major newsstand magazines such as Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness and SHAPE, as well on television as a health and fitness expert on Good Morning America.

 

Michael Schnippering is the founder of Feng Shui at Work. In 1996, he studied feng shui with Master Sang whose ancestors can be traced back to ancient China. He is committed to the true art and science of feng shui. Over the years, his feng shui practice has taken him to various parts of the United States, Germany, France, Colombia and Argentina.

 

Nia Shanks is a Louisville-based personal trainer, SPF push/pull world record holder and author of Fat Loss Detour and Beautifull Badass. She strongly believes diet and exercise should be as simple as possible and her motto is “revolve your eating patterns and training around your life, not vice versa.” She graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Exercise Science with high honors. Check out Nia’s blog “Lift Like a Girl” for nutrition, exercise and motivation tips.

 

Sara Snow understands healthy and natural living in a way few of us do, and it’s Sara’s mission to help impart that knowledge and experience to people all over the world so they too can live a greener lifestyle. Learn how Sara’s family and upbringing shaped her and how that experience earned her the title of “green living’s real deal.”

 

Jacob Sokol is committed to living an extraordinary life. He’s the author of Living On Purpose and the NYC urban philosopher behind Sensophy, a Web site that supports, inspires, and empowers people to live extraordinary lives. Known for his infectious enthusiasm and outrageously authentic sharing, Jacob has a divine reference for embodying wisdom and living a life of timeless truths.

 

Kara Douglass Thom is a triathlete, freelance writer, blogger and author of several books. She is co-author of Hot Sweaty Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom (Andrews McMeel 2011). She has competed in seven marathons and two Ironman triathlons. Kara and her husband are the proud parents of four children.

 

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Terri Trespicio is a lifestyle expert and editor at meQuilibrium, the first-ever online stress management program. She also serves as VP of Talent & Business Development for 2 Market Media. Visit her territrespicio.com and @TerriT on Twitter.

 

 

Sheila Viers is an Emotional Eating Expert, Holistic Life Coach and co-founder of Live Well 360. After years of hating her body, torturing herself with diets, and feeling like food had total control over her, she discovered a new approach to weight loss that completely changed her life. Sheila has been featured in publications including Yahoo! Shine, Glo MSN, FITNESS Magazine, LiveStrong, FitSugar, Under30CEO, and FigureAthlete.

 

Jason Wachob is Curator and one of the founders of MindBodyGreen, Jason’s goal is to promote the idea that wellness and yoga are for everyone — and that both can be fun and fulfilling. After years of successfully trading equities on Wall Street, Jason decided to make a lifestyle change — focusing on wellness and building companies that promote it. His companies have been featured everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times. He has a BA in History from from Columbia University, where he played Varsity Basketball for four years.