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Elissa began her journey in wellness from a very early age. She began studying gymnastics when she was only 4 years old. By the time she was a teenager, Elissa had developed powerful musculature in her legs, thighs and upper body, and began to struggle to establish balance between her muscular physique and her desire for longer, more sculpted lines. She was criticized for being "big boned", and began her personal odyssey toward a more complete and balanced understanding of physical fitness. She took her health, weight, and wellness into her own hands. She incorporated a "clean" diet as well as regular workouts into her daily routines. She set goals and made a new, determined effort to achieve her goal body style, weight and level of fitness. When she was in high school, she began to ask her parents to allow her to do her own grocery shopping, selecting foods which would ensure she ate a low fat and high protein diet. After juggling the up and down results of this effort, she learned that BALANCE is the key to success. After trying a fat free diet, she learned she could not simply cut fat out of the diet and expect to lose and keep off weight. She learned that it does not suffice simply to cut sugar out of her diet. She learned she could not expect to lose weight by cutting out meats or red meat alone. She learned it is almost impossible to give up carbohydrates completely - especially since they are such a prominent energy source.
After years of trial and error and constant nutritional study, she designed a fitness and nutrition combo that she knew could be the foundation of consistent, healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Elissa does not recommend depriving the body of it's needs. Rather, she believes that it is important to keep the majority of the diet clean and healthy; and to allow oneself to indulge cravings periodically as a reward for maintaining the basic disciplines of a clean dietary regimen. Eventually, this type of eating becomes a lifestyle and those who persevere will see meaningful results in terms of weight loss while enjoying the special benefits of an overall healthier self.
Elissa began her business career as a licensed cosmetologist. Although she enjoyed styling and the fashion industry, she realized that her passion is making others feel beautiful and self confident. Elissa was thrilled to see that personality changes her clients experienced after makeovers were like "night and day". After a little bit of TLC, they felt beautiful and confident. Seeing these results made Elissa feel so blessed to be a part of that "positivity". She revelled in the joy of helping others to share what she had been able to achieve in her own body makeover. After 8 years of a successful styling career, she decided to make a change to advance her career, and returned to college college to pursue a degree in nursing. While on this path, she was required to to participate in the curriculum's RNA (registered nurse assistant) program. This led to her working for a wellness center in Charlotte. Here, all of the elements of her biography combined. Her passion for fitness, good health habits and proper nutrition found the perfect expression, and she embarked on her inevitable destiny to follow her dreams and pursue something that is a constant in her life, teaching WELLNESS.
Elissa then enrolled in the prestigious Yoga Alliance School training, completing its rigorous 200 hour RYT certification. She then pursued certification as a Fitness and Nutrition Specialist. She is currently working toward her Bachelor's degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Wellness and Fitness. Her plans are to host a flourishing nutrition resource website and provide her clients with the best care and knowledge in order for them to fulfill their health and fitness goals and dreams.
Elissa is a devoted mother and a wife. She enjoys traveling frequently with her husband and family, and makes a home in the US and in Canada, where her husband has a business. Elissa volunteers at the homeless shelters, the local Christian radio station, and various church programs in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Although she loves the endorphins running provides, her number one fitness practice is yoga. She has found the combination of running and yoga provide the results she desires. Yoga lengthens and tones her body, and running provides cardio support, working her heart and speeding up her metabolism. Below is her favorite story of how she began yoga.
This is MY Yoga story!
Hey my fellow Yogis, Yogini and Oxygen filled bodies! My name is Elissa Slater, my health nut title is RYT 200, translation please, Registered Yoga Teacher Yoga Alliance certified 200 hrs! Also mother and wife!
Today, I want to extend a few tips for a yogi lifestyle which will ultimately lead to less stress and most importantly a healthy YOU! I started my yoga practice more then 9 years ago. I was your average gym member and wanted a change to my typical workout. I literally tried every single workout to try to lengthen, lean, and tone my gymnast body. Yes gymnast body. I started gymnastics when I was just 4 years old. All of the compression from tumbling and flipping really condensed and thickened my muscles. When I was in middle and high school I continued these muscle bulking practices by cheerleading. I literally had the thickest (yet healthy and muscular) thighs of of any of the teenagers I knew. After high school, I continued my active lifestyle. But, to balance the cheering and gymnastics, I began the only logical practice to keep my body lean RUNNING! What did I find? Although running is a wonderful exercise, great for your heart, mid-section, and overall health, the pressure and impact of hitting the ground made my bulky muscles even firmer! I love a strong healthy body but I desperately wanted a long lean body.
This is when I found yoga…. annnnd a husband annnnd that led to being a new mom! Being a young wife and mother can really add additional inches to your waistline as well as critical stress to your mind. I remember my first time taking yoga. It was a "chain" gym that I had been a member of since high school. Luckily for me, they had hired a Yoga Alliance instructor from a well known yoga studio in Charlotte, NC. Denise Austin is a pioneer in the fitness industry who has sold more than 24 million exercise videos and DVDs, authored 12 books on fitness, and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television. Denise's trademark zest for life, positive outlook, and can-do attitude have endeared her to millions of fans across the country — and around the world — and earned her the reputation as "America's favorite fitness expert." A top-selling author and highly sought-after speaker and TV personality, Denise has a unique ability to make people feel that she's right there with them, cheering them on, inspiring the millions who watch her on television, read her books, or follow her videos and DVDs.
A native of San Pedro, Calif., Denise started gymnastics at the age of 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Arizona. In 1979, she graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis on exercise physiology. She began her career teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area and went on to cohost The Jack LaLanne Show in 1981. (Denise considers the late Jack LaLanne one of her role models and remained great friends with the fitness icon until his death in 2011.) In 1982, she earned her own television program on KABC in Los Angeles and released her first two workout videos, Rock Aerobics and Rock Hard Abs. From 1984 to 1988, she was the fitness expert on NBC's Today Show.
A True Fitness Legend
During more than 30 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 100 workout videos or DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame. Her latest workout DVDs include 2012's Shrink Your Belly Fat, Fit in a Flash, and Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones (Lionsgate), and her newest book, Side Effect Skinny: Denise Austin’s Fat-Blasting Diet, was released in December 2012 (Bird Street Books). On television, Denise has created a loyal audience with her two major television shows: Getting Fit, which ran for 10 years on ESPN and continued on under the new name Denise Austin's Daily Workout when it moved to the Lifetime Television Network. Denise appeared in Daily Workout and a second show, Fit & Lite, for 14 years on Lifetime.
In addition to her role as a popular spokeswoman for such major brands as Idaho Potatoes, Nature Made, and Skechers, Denise has championed the benefits of heart health and good nutrition throughout her career. A 2008 recipient of the American Heart Association and Woman’s Day magazine’s Red Dress Award, she has served two terms on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and helped launch the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid guidance system. In 2012, she launched her exercise equipment line Forever Fit, a collection of 33 fitness products made exclusively for Rite Aid and sold at 4,600 Rite Aid stores nationwide.ardy Fish is a top ranked American tennis player on the ATP Tour, with a career high as the number one American. With the encouragement of his wife, Stacey Gardner, a former model on ‘Deal or No Deal’, Mardy changed his eating habits, workouts and brought a new mental toughness to his game to transform his life on and off the court. After shedding 30 pounds and gaining a new-found confidence, Mardy climbed the rankings to overtake best friend and former high school housemate, Andy Roddick, to capture the number one American spot.
While Mardy renewed his own life on the court, he strives to transform the lives of others off the court. Through the Mardy Fish Foundation, Mardy provides children with after school programs to inspire success and motivation to achieve their dreams. The foundation gives children access to after school nutritional, exercise and enrichment programs in a safe environment to prepare them for healthy, successful lives. With Jake Owen, childhood friend and country music sensation, Mardy organizes an annual benefit to raise money and awareness for the Foundation.
nathan Flacker, MD, AGSF, is the medical director at The Emory Clinic at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital in Atlanta. Noted both for his expertise in the field of health care for older adults and an exceptional bed side manner, Flacker was trained at Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He taught medicine at Harvard School of Medicine in Boston and is currently associate director for student and resident education in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He was named "Top Doctor" in geriatric medicine by Atlanta Magazine and has been a recipient of the Medical Foundation King Trust Research Fellow Award.
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Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, is director of nutrition for WebMD, overseeing diet, nutrition, and food information. Among other duties, she serves as senior nutrition correspondent, writes features, columns, diet book reviews, and newsletters, provides expert editorial review of diet and nutrition articles, and covers national meetings.
Zelman has been a dietetic internship director at Ochsner Medical Institutions and assistant professor of nutrition at St. Mary's Dominican College, both in New Orleans. She was recently elected to serve as the director-at-large on the American Dietetic Association board of directors. She received her master's degree in public health from Tulane University and her bachelor of science from Montclair State University.
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Joanne Koenig Coste
Joanne Koenig Coste was a caregiver to her husband until his death. She is the author of Learning to Speak Alzheimer's (Houghton-Mifflin), and lectures nationally about family caregiving.
Coste was named a "Woman to Watch in the 21st Century" by NBC Nightly News. She is a recipient of the National Health Heroes Award from Reader's Digest, and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Alzheimer's Association.
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Dori Ricci, NASM CPT
Dori Ricci has 30 years of experience in fitness management, personal training, group exercise, and fitness media. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. She has also been a provider of continuing education for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She practices in Atlanta.
Denise has been married for 29 years to Jeff Austin, a sports attorney and brother of tennis champ Tracy Austin. They have two daughters, Kelly and Katie.