Healthy JumpStart Retreats Collaboration between Healthcare Professionals and Expert Chefs at 5-star B&B in Southern Oregon

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Many people are worried about their current and future health but don't know where to turn for reliable information or for instructions on how to apply directives from the medical community to real life. In southern Oregon, group of healthcare practitioners have teamed up with expert chefs and a luxurious bed and breakfast to offer a weekend to provide these missing ingredients in developing a healthy lifestyle.

Many people are worried about their current and future health but don't know where to turn for reliable information or for instructions on how to apply directives from the medical community to real life. In southern Oregon, group of healthcare practitioners have teamed up with expert chefs and a luxurious bed and breakfast to offer a weekend to provide these missing ingredients in developing a healthy lifestyle.

The collaboration is the brainchild of Clinical Nutritionist and Counselor Kia Sanford MS CN (http://www.kailocounseling.com) who has been working with individuals and groups in southern Oregon and around the country helping people to find their individual paths toward long term health. "There is so much conflicting information directed at the public about what to eat, what is healthy, what supplements to buy and what to do about various health diagnoses. I felt it was important to get healthcare practitioners together to work as a team for each client. We can now offer a comfortable setting to get reliable information to clients and to also give them tools and training for how to apply this knowledge in their daily lives," explains Ms Sanford.

The core team members for the upcoming autumn retreat include Sandy Dowling, chef and owner of The Willows B&B and Cooking School (http://www.cookatthewillows.com), will lead the culinary team working closely with Ms Sanford to tailor meals and menus to fit the health needs of participants. Timothy Tillman, Physical Therapist and Certified Hakomi Therapist, will lead participants through a series of body-mind exercises. By learning and utilizing skills of mindfulness, participants will discover and have the opportunity to change beliefs and habitual patterns they hold about their bodies, fitness, and food. Tanya Dadaos, a, ACE certified personal trainer, will lead participants in daily movement classes as well as provide individual instruction to help each person create a realistic long term fitness program.

The Healthy JumpStart Retreats are slated to be offered quarterly with additional dates available as weekends fill. The number of participants in each retreat is kept small to allow for individualized attention with healthcare practitioners, chefs, and lots of hands on experience putting new knowledge into practice. There are open spots available for the September 26-28, 2008 weekend.

Each retreat will focus on various aspects of creating a healthy lifestyle. Through discussion and experiential learning each participant will have the opportunity to learn what they can do to take control of their health with the additional element of learning precisely how. By the time the weekend is over, each participant will be off to a new start on a healthy way of living.

In addition to the Healthy JumpStart retreats, Ms Sanford has spearheaded the creation of a larger collaboration with local healthcare practitioners in the development of a semester program that greatly expands and further individualizes the information presented in the retreats. The program, called Get R.E.A.L. - Realistic Eating and Activity-based Lifestyle for better health - is available for individuals and groups. It runs for 15 weeks and strives to help participants make lasting healthy changes.

Contact:
Kia Sanford MS CN
628 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520
http://www.kailocounseling.com

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