The Role Model In You – Melanie Cobb, Life Purpose Coach

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Melanie Cobb

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

My name is Melanie Cobb. I am 31 years old. I am a Life Purpose Coach. You know how people sometimes get stuck in soul-sucking jobs just to pay the bills, and then they watch what they love slide off of their schedule? Well, I help them by designing custom strategies to get them living a life centered around their passions. My clients experience more freedom and more time to do what they really love.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My mother inspired me to be emotionally healthy, which had a huge impact on my physical health.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

She taught me to feel my feelings. She told me that if I felt it, it was important and I was safe to express it. Also, she was committed to never dying her hair. She was so proud of each gray streak as they came. And finally, she used to throw away the teen clothing catalogs when they came in the mail before I could look at them. I was mad about it at the time, but now I appreciate it. She said, “I don’t want you thinking you have to look like those sickly skinny girls in the catalogs. You’re beautiful exactly as you are.”

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Her allowing me to feel my feelings kept me from bottling them up, which can lead to disease. It also sent me the message that I matter in this world; that I was important. Her telling me I was beautiful no matter what, and then modeling it for me by loving her own body as it changed over the years both gave me the freedom to love and accept myself. I am positive this has had a huge impact on my overall health and wellbeing.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

healthillustratedAbsolutely. Before I founded my Life Coaching business, I was a middle school teacher for eight years. I was passionate about making sure the students felt safe expressing their feelings, as well as loving their bodies exactly as they were.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

In addition to being mindful about the kind of food you put in your body, be mindful about the kinds of messages you put in. Watch how you think about yourself. When your body hears you say, “You’re so fat/stupid/ugly/whatever” often enough, it becomes true, and then you’re trapped. Be courageous enough to go against the crowd and say things like, “Wow I love my legs!” or “I’m so smart!” It’s not bragging. It’s self-love. And anyone who doesn’t support you saying things like that isn’t someone that needs to be in your life.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

journeytowildness.com

The Role Model In You – Sharone Hakman, Chef, CEO, TV Personality

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Sharone Hakman

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

My name is Sharone Hakman, I’m 32 years old and I’m a chef, Ceo of Hak’s BBQ sauces and TV personality.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

I couldn’t say it was one person in particular. I grew up with a very Mediterranean diet so that was a big help and loved to play sports. I’d guess I lucked out :). If I had to pick someone who taught me about love and appreciation for food, hands down it would be my grandmother.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

She was a tireless woman. From sunrise to sunset my grandmother would be in the kitchen cooking. Only later in my life did I really come to understand the hard work and energy it took. She cooked from the heart and you could feel it in every bite you would take. That was something you couldn’t learn in culinary school.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Her Discipline and perspective is everything. It’s a challenge, practically impossible in life today to do everything whole heartedly, and yet my grandmother is able to do that. She is a holocaust survivor and yet able to forgive faster than anyone I’ve ever met. She teaches me that words are just words and that actions and one’s attitude is paramount. It’s not easy, but I try to live by those lessons.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Absolutely. I have two kids of my own and although they’re very young I keep that in philosophy in our home. I also spokesperson for the American Heart Association in Los Angeles. I make every effort to get kids and their parents excited about eating healthy and being active.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

My message would be to embrace the culture of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s easier done than said in my case. I find when I host events and simply show kids and parents how much fun it is to cook healthy TOGETHER and commit to getting outside and doing something active TOGETHER their eyes just open and it’s like they found a new light.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

Yes. – sharonehakman.com

The Role Model In You – Danny & Ameeta Kohli, Co-Founders, FetalBeats Inc.

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Today’s Guest – Danny & Ameeta Kohli

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Danny & Ameeta Kohli
Both Co-Founders, FetalBeats Inc.
Real Estate Investments
38 & 34 years old

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

DANNY- My highschool gym teacher Mr.Jones. He pushed me to do my best. That allowed me to leasr n to eat healthy and stay fit.

AMEETA- My dad was a big influence. He always would want to eat a nice home cooked meal rather than go out to eat.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

DANNY – He taught me that French fries were not a lunch food. I learned to be more disciplined as well. He also inspired me to start going to the gym and working out at 16 years old which I still carry on going to today.

AMEETA – I wasn?t a very sporty kid so he joined up with me and took me for skiing lessons which eventually turned into something I loved to do and looked forward to every winter.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

DANNY – It taught me that I had to treat my body and my health properly and seriously. Now, as I am approaching 40 I am grateful for the lesson.

AMEETA – It taught me to always try new things and not be scared. Because of that experience I was more open to try Yoga and incorporating a good workout in my everyday life.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

DANNY – Definitely, we take our kids to the gym with us to go swimming or run around. Our son loves it! When our daughter gets bigger we know she will as well. We are incorporating a healthy lifestyle from the beginning and making it fun.

AMEETA – Yes for sure! It meant so much to me that my dad took time out just for me and I want to give that same feeling to both of my amazing kids. My son is turning 3 next year and I am already looking forward to taking him on the slopes.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

DANNY – Children lead by example. Since we are creating a healthy lifestyle from the beginning for the whole family, this is what they know to go back to.

AMEETA – Try every sport at least once, even the ones that aren?t as mainstream or popular. You never know what will spark your interest or be something that you will want to do for the rest of your life.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

DANNY & AMEETA – fetalbeats.com

The Role Model In You – Valli A. Stavros, President, Flavrz Organics And Mommy

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Today’s Guest – Bruno Sharp

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Valli A. Stavros (no middle name) President, Flavrz Organics and Mommy. I am 52 years young

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

This question is so easy for me! My parents were from Greece (both have passed away), and we were eating the mediterranean diet in our household long before it was fashionable. In addition, my greek grandmother lived with us, we were always out in the garden, picking vegetables and planting. I grew up in San Diego, where it was very easy to continue to eat and grow the foods my family was accustomed to eating.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Work was a hobby in our house…no sitting around allowed!! We did not waste!!! My mother would always say we took our bottles to the store to buy vinegar, everything was recycled. We did not have a clothes dryer for many years…..the sun can dry the clothes, why should we use electricity. I still close the lights, not turn-off, the exact translation from Greek to English! I understood being able to live in the US was a privilege.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Never settle…go for what you believe in. Life is not fair!!! I came out of college, knowing the American dream was a reality.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

I have tried…very complicated answer.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Eat right….Play sports, find your passion! Never underestimate yourself!!!

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

Flavrzorganicdrinkmix.com

The Role Model In You – Bruno Sharp, Dentist Specialist In Prosthodontics

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Bruno Sharp

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Bruno Sharp, 51 years old. I am a dentist specialist in prosthodontics. I practice dentistry and am passionate about my profession. I also am a owner/partner in a dental product company – Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My father. He was a well know dentist in Brazil and very successful in his career. I became a dentist because of him because I grew up watching his passion for his career. I am the 4th generation of dentist in my family. My great grandfather, my grand father and my father were dentists. My father was my mentor as he showed me the love for the profession and the care and dedication to his patients. He always used to say “whatever you chose to do, enjoy and do with passion”. In addition my father believed that health starts in the mouth, everything you eat, drink and your workout lifestyle affects positively a healthy teeth and smile.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Worked with passion, live with happiness and always taking good care of your health.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I followed my father’s path becoming a successful dentist and made a dream come true by creating a line of natural oral care products that has my family name Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care company. Mostly important created a line of toothpaste, mouthwash and dental tape that are made with natural ingredients and free of fluoride, SLS, parabens and alcohol, that I truly believe contributes to better oral health of my patients and all consumers that became loyal customers. Also, the line is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Yes, I pass my learning experience and inspiration to my son as I father did with me. I also help support charities for children in need such as Amigos del Nino con Cancer and Friends of the Orphan. I also created a natural Wild Berry Kids toothpaste specially for children for a better oral health.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Be more conscious and help protect the environment. Learn to sustain and support nature, use more natural resources. Eat healthy, practice sports and exercise. Also love what you chose to do in life.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

drsharpcare.com

The Role Model In You – Craig Madaus, President And CEO Of The Bübi Bottle

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Today’s Guest – Craig Madaus

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

My name is Craig Madaus, the President and CEO of the bübi bottle. I was unemployed from my job as a print salesperson when I stumbled upon the idea of the bübi bottle. Deciding to take time and accept challenges, it was while sailing from Connecticut to St. Thomas, via Bermuda that the idea was born. We were one day out of Bermuda and the storm, 30 foot waves and 35 knot winds, broke our boom in half and the water coming overboard caused the fridge to seize up. We had 6 days to go and all the food was rotting from that point. It was then that the idea of a bendable, scrunchable fold up bottle that would be waterproof came to mind!

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin, My mother was the most influential, and my grandparents who harvested fresh food from the earth, natural food was normal in our households. It wasn’t until I graduated from high school and began taking charge of my eating habits (eating out), that it became clear, gaining weight was not healthy for my budget nor my health.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Our family is very healthy, again I believe, from growing up on the farm, we were always active. We had 3 meals a day and rarely snacked. I loved how we grew up and even though there was work to do, we made fun out of most of the tasks. The inspired me to be well rounded.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I knew I became sedentary in my managers position at a printing company, and began running, or should we say plodding at the beginning. I rarely ran in high school, played football and wrestled, but hated running, I needed to train my body to be more efficient in running and cardio. It was during the running stage of my career when hydration became a strong part of my exercise. During the long and short runs, if I did not hydrate enough, I would feel achy and tired.

Now, as my knees have logged an average of 40 to 60 miles per week, they have begun to show signs of pain, so I took up yoga, and changed my diet. The diet, or life change, I follow Dr. D’Adamo’s : “Eat Right 4 Your type”. The yoga is Hot Vanyassa and during class I drink lots of water to stay hydrated, it was after the classes that I hated to carry the empty bottle around with me, in the streets of NY, thus the scrunchable bottle I invented!

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

I am a strong proponent of living and eating healthy, and feel sad when I see kids overweight, I understand how it happens, sometimes it is medical, but in some cases, the parents are living a sedentary lifestyle and fail to promote or motivate the kids. Just by eliminating all the snacks and soda would help a lot, drinking water is the best for keeping the body flushed.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Given the option of being heavy or thin, sick or healthy, I choose fit and healthy, they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but hydration keeps the internal system working properly. That is why I invented the bottle to make hydration convenient while saving the environment.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

bubibottle.com

The Role Model In You – Mimi Chan, Wah Lum Temple Martial Arts Instructor

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Today’s Guest – Mimi Chan

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Mimi Chan, Wah Lum Temple Martial Arts Instructor, 35

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My father inspired me the most to eat healthy and stay fit.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My father is the type of person who leads by example. As a young child, I could see that everyone looked up to him, not just me. He is the Grandmaster of our kung fu system, and has many students and grand students. He would be the first one at the school, and the last one to leave. He was teaching several classes a day, as well as private lessons. I remember seeing him and being almost intimidated by his strength and agility, but at the same time in awe of his skill. Even today he is the first one at the school and is as active as ever.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to train in kung fu at such a young age. Growing up in a martial arts household was atypical for someone in Orlando, Florida. He was also an amazing chef, so I was happy to eat vegetables, and never understood why my school friends disliked them so much. My lifestyle was always healthy, because I had great examples to follow. I had these lessons instilled in me at a young age, and that has carried over to today. I am very conscious about eating well, and also try to lead by example. Kung Fu is my life now, not just an activity; it becomes a part of who you are and truly defines you. The discipline and hard work ethic that I have gained from studying kung fu can be applied to all that I venture to accomplish.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Absolutely! I also teach kung fu now, and it is gratifying to know that some of my life lessons that have benefited me so much can help others too. I enjoy seeing healthy active kids, especially when most kids today are indoors watching TV and playing video games. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, just in moderation, and as long as they get some physical movement in daily.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

I always try to tell children today that staying healthy and fit is not only good for your body, but also your mind. Everything works in harmony, and it is important to always work towards being healthy inside and out. You will feel better, be happier, and also set a good example for others.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

wahlum.com

The Role Model In You – Benjamin Ritter, MBA, MPH, Co-Founder Of Suave Love International, Author

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Benjamin Ritter

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Benjamin Ritter, MBA, MPH, Co-Founder of Suave Love International and Author of The Essentials, 28 years old. I am a private relationship-and-social-dynamics consultant in the areas of public health, fitness, and social dynamics, a writer and editor for Ask Men.com, the interpersonal relationships columnist for examiner.com, and a Group Systems Analyst for a large hospital.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My mother and father were the first step to my personal inspiration to eat healthy and stay fit. I respect both of them completely and I am thankful every day that I grew up in a loving and supportive home. There was a time when my parents thought they knew a better direction for me to go and I persisted despite their disapproval, but never without their support. Many people don’t get that type of opportunity.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Role models are practically non-existent. I was extremely lucky to have parents that emulated specific traits that have been crucial to my growth and success but taught me to appreciate lessons from others, in books, movies, religious studies, etc. They taught me how to learn, value knowledge and experiences. I was encouraged to play sports, the violin, sing, learn another language, travel, and more. They taught me how to explore.

In regards to health and fitness my mother and father didn’t tell me not to eat specific foods or workout. Other than just being an active family, evening walks were the norm, my mom took me on her morning jogs and I learned from her daily workouts that fitness was a lifestyle. My father was also very active. He use to take me to his construction jobs and taught me how to play sports. Then, when I was playing on specific sports teams, my father would always make sure I could get to practice and games, even if he had to drive for 2 hours, stay the entire time and drive me home. I can never thank him enough.

As for food, I wasn’t forced to make healthy choices, and whole wheat didn’t come into the picture until I was much older, but meals were basically healthy, portions were proper and there was not an abundance of junk food. I learned to love drinking just water, value cooking and was given weekly chores I had to fulfill. I was taught to be respectful, hardworking, independent and financially responsible through how they acted. I don’t quite remember how I became as passionate and dedicated to a goal as I am (which I coin the reason to my success), but I do know I was happy and had the support and direction I needed.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthywordsTheir lessons, as much as I can remember, formed the foundation I needed. It made me moral, enjoy an active lifestyle, goal oriented and responsible. I am unsure where my passion came from, but I know that I wouldn’t have known what direction to take without starting out on the right road.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Kids use to become apprentices in a specific trade and learn life lessons and skills. Now kids are taught they can be anything, but this anything has very little direction without the role models of the past. Sadly the media tends to focus and highlight the antics of personalities like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber and these are the people children attempt to emulate. I convey that role models today are not people but specific skills.

One of my professional careers is instilling and consulting/coaching towards those types of positive lessons; how to find the right path, what people display the traits and skills you need to get there, how did they develop these traits or skills, how can you, who do you have to meet to learn these traits or skills, how to keep improving, how to form relationships, instill happiness, etc.

I also try and do the same in my personal relationships. I offer business consulting as well as dating and relationship consulting to my friends in a less professional manner. If you focus on leaving everyone better than you found them, you will not only have more fulfilling relationships but a very strong network to help you reach your own goals.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Create a plan that is not set in stone, but leads towards something. Find people that have the skills that can help you get there. Figure out how to develop those skills (read, watch videos, join groups, network, etc.)

I also highly suggest learning how to mediate and once a day without any distractions think about yourself, your goals, your relationships and anything that you would like to figure out for at least 20 minutes. Ask yourself for answers with a clear mind. After the time passes write down what you’ve discovered. We don’t take enough time away from our cell phones, social media, errands, social life, etc. for ourselves. How can we ever truly know how we feel or what we need when we don’t give ourselves the time to even listen to our own thoughts or advice?

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

benjamin-ritter.com

The Role Model In You – Bruno Sharp, Dentist Specialist In Prosthodontics

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Bruno Sharp

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Bruno Sharp, 51 years old. I am a dentist specialist in prosthodontics. I practice dentistry and am passionate about my profession. I also am a owner/partner in a dental product company – Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My father. He was a well know dentist in Brazil and very successful in his career. I became a dentist because of him because I grew up watching his passion for his career. I am the 4th generation of dentist in my family. My great grandfather, my grand father and my father were dentists. My father was my mentor as he showed me the love for the profession and the care and dedication to his patients. He always used to say “whatever you chose to do, enjoy and do with passion”. In addition my father believed that health starts in the mouth, everything you eat, drink and your workout lifestyle affects positively a healthy teeth and smile.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Worked with passion, live with happiness and always taking good care of your health.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

I followed my father’s path becoming a successful dentist and made a dream come true by creating a line of natural oral care products that has my family name Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care company. Mostly important created a line of toothpaste, mouthwash and dental tape that are made with natural ingredients and free of fluoride, SLS, parabens and alcohol, that I truly believe contributes to better oral health of my patients and all consumers that became loyal customers. Also, the line is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Yes, I pass my learning experience and inspiration to my son as I father did with me. I also help support charities for children in need such as Amigos del Nino con Cancer and Friends of the Orphan. I also created a natural Wild Berry Kids toothpaste specially for children for a better oral health.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Be more conscious and help protect the environment. Learn to sustain and support nature, use more natural resources. Eat healthy, practice sports and exercise. Also love what you chose to do in life.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

drsharpcare.com

The Role Model In You – Rob Berberian, D.O., Physician, Integrative Medicine And Spiritual Wellness

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Today’s Guest – Dr. Rob Berberian

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Hi! I’m Dr. Rob Berberian, D.O. and I’m 34 years old. I am a double board certified physician, specializing in Integrative Medicine and Spiritual Wellness. I am in private practice in Santa Monica, CA and the founder of Whole Health & Soul.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My parents were my inspiration to lead a healthy lifestyle even as a child and young adolescent. My parents, being in the medical field, had a great source of knowledge that they were passionate about sharing with me to make sure that being healthy was an integral part of my life.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

As a child, you are easily influenced by people in your life, in good and bad ways. I have been fortunate to have amazing parents who shared their love and knowledge with me to shape and guide my life. Education, coupled with love, set the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle at an early age.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Learning about food and nutrition really affected the choices I made when I was not at home. Being out with friends or at school, you are faced with food options that may not be healthy. Being knowledgeable and consistent in your choices is essential for maintaining health.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

healthillustratedAs an Integrative Medicine physician, a big part of my practice is dedicated to helping my patients make the right choices when it comes to life and food. Millions of Americans have their struggles with food and it is very unfortunate that childhood obesity is a growing epidemic. The most important people in a child’s life are their parents, who have to set the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle and as a physician I help both the parents and their children make the right daily decisions to stay healthy.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

When we are young, we take our health for granted. It is never too early to start making the right decisions to eat healthy and stay active. It is a lot easier to prevent disease, than to treat it once we become sick. So make the healthy choices today to help prevent diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer and other illnesses in the future.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

www.wholehealthandsoul.com