I am passionately committed to better health and wellness in our society. For over 25 years, I worked in the field of humanitarian assistance in Africa, Asia and Latin America. I started as a Peace Corps Volunteer, went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and then worked for CARE, The Women’s Commission for Refugees, and The African Medical and Research Foundation. My field of expertise was health care and in parts of the world with little to no resources, my goal was to encourage changes in a person’s knowledge, attitude, and behavior that would have a significant impact on their health and wellness, as well as that of the community. Women were often my primary target group, because they were responsible for the health of the family. If a mother died young, it always had tremendous ramifications for the health and well-being of the family beyond the emotional trauma of the loss.
Here’s to Life Now
I started Here’s to Life Now! because I believe the approach that drove my work with people in less developed countries can be used to positively influence health care and wellness here in the United States. Overseas, I saw that most people have the desire to make health enhancing lifestyle changes, yet usually fall short on goals and support. The same is true right here in the United States. I have come to realize that there are three important steps for creating sustained behavior change:
- Assessing knowledge and attitudes
- Helping people set realistic goals
- Keeping people motivated
Here’s to Life Now! believes the key to good health is both physical and mental. People want to be heard and should be an active part of the process in order for sustainable change to take place. Our unique model, which combines a one-year healthy living plan, connections to practitioners and services for implementing the plan, and regular monitoring and support over a one-year period, creates an environment of success and builds sustainable health habits.
Our Network of Expert Health and Wellness Practitioners
Here’s to Life Now! conducted a survey among health & wellness service consumers to identify exceptional health and wellness practitioners to work with us in the following categories:
Elder Care & Assisted Living
Health Screening & Support Group Services
Home & Office Organizers
We provide custom programs and health seminars in these areas, as needed.