Health Care Transformation For the Body
Wellbeing

Let’s Learn More About Kelsey, VP of For the Body!

Hello Everyone,

I’m so pleased and excited that we have Kelsey Vetter, one of the top nutrition and wellbeing experts in Los Angeles, joining our Health Care Transformation team! Since Kelsey is new to the team I wanted to sit down and chat with Kels so you all could get the scoop too! Check out our interview below.

Kelsey Vetter

Kelsey, tell us a little bit about where you’re from and how you ended up in the great state of California!

I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where it’s very very very cold most of the year!  I moved to Los Angeles right after college for a post-graduate program and knew immediately that this is where I was meant to live. As much as I love the Midwest, I’m definitely a beach girl!  

You’re one of the top nutrition experts in LA. Tell us about how your passion for nutrition started and blossomed to where it is today.

My interest in nutrition started when I was pretty young.  I am the daughter of a professional athlete and health club owner (hi, dad!) so I grew up drinking green juice for breakfast and having multivitamins for dessert.  My parents laid the foundation of my passion for nutrition & fitness and I’ve been continuing to pursue that passion ever since!

Why is nutrition and well-being so important?

Nutrition is the foundation of well-being and living a healthy life in general.  As soon as we start prioritizing good nutrition, we benefit from more restful sleep, a healthier number on the scale, stronger muscles and bones – the list goes on!  

What do you aim to achieve by heading up Health Care Transformation- For the Body?

My goal is to help simplify nutrition & wellbeing for the masses.  There is SO much information out there about what to eat, what not to eat, 5 foods to eat for a flatter belly etc. that it can be overwhelming and intimidating for people.  I want to cut through the BS in the wellness space and give people the basic tools they need to live their healthiest lives!  

There are a lot of individuals working in the health and nutrition space. What makes your methods and tools so unique?

I take a holistic approach to health that looks not only at nutrition but also mental health, sleep, stress levels, activity level and so on.  My focus is on nutrition as a form of prevention and overall well-being. I help people build sustainable healthy habits that they can stick with!

Tell us more about why you created the 6-Week Wellness Program and how it’s different from other typical weight loss programs.

I created the 6-Week Wellness Program to really simplify the concepts of nutrition and wellness – to get back to the basics of what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle.  This program is designed to help participants make small changes in their habits to maintain a healthy lifestyle long term.

What’s a secret to keeping healthy and fit that most people don’t know or is a common misconception?

I think people perceive living a healthy lifestyle to be complicated and limiting.  Spoiler: it’s not! It can be so simple if you have the right tools and mindset! This is where my passion really lies: helping people understand that it’s not as hard as they think to start living a healthier life.

What are your top three nutrition recommendations for living a healthy life?

  1. Ditch the word diet.  Diets are temporary. Focus on changing your lifestyle and the way you eat and you’ll feel better in the long run!  
  2. Eat real food (whole, unprocessed, mostly plants)
  3. Breakup with sugar! It’s not you, it’s the sugar.

What is your favorite quote to live by?

“Your health is a choice that you make with every bite you take.”  With every bite, we are either feeding or fighting disease, choose wisely!

What is your favorite healthy recipe to make?

Hmmm this is a tough one, i LOVE to cook!  Right now I’m obsessed with making paleo pancakes and cacao chia pudding, yum!

What is your guilty pleasure- food or restaurant?

I don’t think any food should be considered “guilty” if you think it’s worth it, I’m all about food freedom and balance!  That being said, I’m a sucker for novelty ice cream.

What are your top three favorite restaurants in LA?

I’m all about healthy on-the-go meals. Tocaya Organica, Cafe Gratitude, and Flower Child are some of my faves!

Do you have a favorite grocery store or farmers market?

Grocery stores are my happy place, I could wander the aisles for hours…

I get my veggies and meat from my neighborhood farmers market, my pantry staples from Trader Joes and anything extra from Whole Foods.  Told you I love grocery stores!!

What’s your favorite fitness activity?

Oh boy, I don’t have kids yet but this must be what it feels like to be asked which child is your favorite! I love fitness in all forms, it’s the best part of my day!  The answer to this changes daily – I’m into CrossFit, yoga, running, hiking, spinning – you name it!

Do you have a favorite health app? IG influencer? Health Guru you look up to?

Does anyone NOT love @shutthekaleup? (Follow her if you don’t already!)

What is the newest fad in nutrition that you’re super into? What about a fad that’s gotta go?

I’m really into adaptogens right now and learning how they affect our hormones and body’s ability to adapt to stress, it’s so fascinating!  One fad I can’t get behind is these “detox teas” or “flat tummy teas” you see online and on instagram. They’re a total marketing ploy!

This has been so amazing Kelsey and we are so excited to have you on the team! Any closing thoughts to inspire folks to care about their health and wellbeing?

Your life begins and ends with your health! Living a healthy lifestyle and feeling great is the foundation of achieving what you want from life – great relationships, success at work, etc. Start prioritizing your self because no one else will!

Isn’t Kelsey amazing?! I’m so excited for you to get to know her more through the website, social media, and our programs! And be sure to head over to check out the 6-Week Wellness Transformation Program today!

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Wellbeing

Welcome Kelsey Vetter as We Launch For the Body!

Hello Health Care Transformation Tribe,

Happy 2019! I hope you and your loved ones had a spectacular holiday and new year filled with happiness, love, and excitement. As we roll into 2019 I’m so excited to share with you what is happening over here at Health Care Transformation!

Drumroll please… 🥁

I am so proud and happy to introduce Kelsey Vetter as the head of Health Care Transformation For the Body! Kelsey is one of the top nutrition and wellbeing experts in Los Angeles so stay tuned for getting all the scoop on Kelsey when her interview comes out later this week! And join me in welcoming Kelsey to the team!!
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And our second piece of great news is that we are launching our New Year’s edition of the Health Care Transformation 6-Week Wellness Transformation Program on Thursday January 24th to help you live your best life in 2019!  

Maybe you are feeling a little sluggish on your New Years resolutions already and need a little pick me up! Maybe you have your resolutions but you’re not sure if they are really going to set you up for success. There is so much health and nutrition information out there that maybe you are feeling confused, overwhelmed, and completely out of touch with what’s actually good for your body. This is why we built this program for you- to simplify the concepts of wellbeing and help you feel your best! So if you are ready to set and achieve your goals and live a happy, healthy life (and have some fun with Kelsey and Meghan doing it) then this is the program for you!

The 6-Week Wellness Transformation Program is designed to simplify health and wellness so you can start feeling confident in taking charge of your health!  Throughout the six weeks, we give you the tools, guidance, and support you need to create healthy change and positive impact in your life.

This program is made for people just like you who are busy busy busy! It’s entirely online and allows you the freedom to learn and complete the toolkits on your own time, while belonging to a supportive community and giving you justtttt the right amount of accountability to keep you moving forward.  And with full email access to Kelsey you’ll have a personal health coach at your fingertips that you can access at any time! 

We are here to be your friend, your confidant, and your biggest advocate in achieving your goals!
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Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain confidence in your health choices, or live a longer life, this program will help you achieve it by giving you the foundational knowledge and tools needed to live your best life!  Why is this program so amazing?

– Weekly informative videos that educate and inspire you, introducing you to that week’s topic & toolkit and building a connection with your coaches Kelsey and Meghan Weekly interactive toolkits
– Each week we’ll cover a different topic that helps you get one step closer to achieving your goals: 
Week 1: Goal Setting
Week 2: Understanding Calories
Week 3: Food Choices
Week 4: Meal Prep
Week 5: Movement & Exercise
Week 6: Sustainability
-Unlimited access to Kelsey via email so you can ask questions along the way and receive personalized feedback based off of your toolkit tasks.
– Lifetime access to the exclusive Health Care Transformation 6-Week Wellness Facebook Group. Get feedback & support from your peers who are also working to improve their health & wellbeing! 
-Scheduled video calls to connect about challenges, share your successes and connect with others in the program. 30+ simple Wellness Transformation approved recipes to give you ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks.
– Workout Videos & free resources that you can implement during and after the program.
-Results!  We offer a money back guarantee if you don’t learn anything from the program.  We are so confident that this program will help you understand how to live a healthier life! Stop feeling confused and overwhelmed by how to start your health journey and let us support you in building and incorporating healthy habits until they become second nature!

What are you waiting for!? SIGN UP TODAY! The program is only $149.95 for 6 weeks, which means less than $25 a week for PERSONALIZED health coaching! 

Got a friend who wants to join as well?? Take advantage of our New Years BFF Special – 2 for the price of 1! Sign up before January 24th and you’ll get two entries for the price of one. There’s no time to waste so grab a buddy and get started today!

The program launches on January 24th and won’t launch again until April, so sign up now to reserve your spot.  Space is limited!

Now let’s get down to brass tacks… 

Who is this program really for??

– People who know they have so much potential and want to live up to that potential!People who feel sluggish, tired, overweight, or unhappy and can’t figure out why. Or people who know why but don’t know where to start! 
– People who think they are doing the right things when it comes to nutrition and exercise but nothing seems to change. 
– People who recognize that wellbeing is at the core of success and longevity and they are ready to invest in their health! 
– People who are truly motivated to focus on themselves for the next six weeks and achieve their best self!

Who is this program NOT for??

– People who are feeling unmotivated and not ready for change
– People who just want to be lazy and chubby and don’t care what anyone thinks. 
– People who think they are too busy to care about their own health. 

But that’s not you!! You are motivated and empowered and ready to take on 2019 with a bang! So grab a buddy and get signed up today!! And congratulations on taking this step towards achieving a healthier you! We are so excited and can’t wait to see you in the program!

Have any questions about the 6-Week Wellness Transformation Program?? Please feel free to send us an email with any and all questions! 

Cheers to Health and Happiness!
Health Care Navigation

It’s National Healthcare Decisions Day!

Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day!!!

Wait… you didn’t know it was today?? And you don’t even know what that means??

Well then let me explain because this is really important and this is an area of health care I’m very passionate about!

The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day is to educate and empower all individuals and doctors to complete their advance care planning.

So what is advance care planning?

Advance Care Planning means planning in advance for medical decisions just in case you are so sick that someone else has to make the decisions for you. These are your decisions to make based on your values, preferences, and conversations with loved ones.

Advance care planning is really important for the following reasons:

  • We are all mortal but prior to our time on this earth ending, we have incredible feelings, goals, and preferences on how we want our final time to play out. Some people would be happy never being able to taste food or walk again as long as they are alive. Other people would rather die than be stuck in a home in front of a TV with tubes for eating and going to the bathroom. Since you are an individual human you have your own desires and we need to make sure your family and doctors are aware of these.
  • The default of our medical society, unfortunately, is NOT to proactively have these conversations with you and your loved ones (although this is slowly changing). And then when the time comes when there is an urgent issue and no medical professional is aware of your wishes, they provide really aggressive medical care. Think surgeries and rib-breaking chest compressions and electrical shocks and tubes down throats. Now sometimes that saves a life but sometimes it actually can hurt an individual who is elderly or can be quite a shock and disappointment for those who want to die peacefully at home at the end of their life.

This Frontline episode “Being Mortal” will give you an inside look into the health care system and will really help you understand the importance of advance care planning.

So what should you do? Follow the checklist below that’s taken directly from My Health Care Transformation Handbook (available for purchase soon!) You might be the individual who needs to complete these steps or you might need to support your parents and grandparents in completing these steps. Either way, we can’t predict the future so we want to be sure that the family is as prepared as possible for whatever may come our way.

Advance Care Planning Medical Checklist:

  • Self-reflect on My Goals of Care
  • Discuss My Goals of Care with my family and friends
  • Discuss My Goals of Care with my Primary Care Provider (PCP)
  • Discuss My Goals of Care with the rest of my Care Team
  • Complete my Non-Temporary Advance Directive
  • Complete my Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form
  • Have my doctor scan copies of my documentation into my medical record

To learn more about Advance Care Planning, the Navigating the U.S. Health Care System 101 course has two lessons on this topic! And like I mentioned, My Health Care Transformation Handbook will be coming soon with an entire chapter to support you and your loved ones with advance care planning so stay tuned for more info!

In the meantime, check out this comprehensive list of more resources on advance care planning.

I hope today you take this opportunity to have open honest conversations with your family and other loved ones about your goals, wishes, and preferences in the face of an unforeseen event.

Cheers to your every health and happiness.

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Prevention

Warning: This Drug May Kill You

Hello Health Care Transformation Tribe,

Last week, the Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams made an official announcement with recommendations to address the opioid epidemic in the U.S. He recommends more individuals keep the opioid antagonist, Naxolone, on hand in order to save someone from dying who is currently overdosing as well as provides recommendations to the general public and health providers about Naxolone and how to identify an overdose.

Let me give a quick recap on the epidemic and then I’ll give you my two-cents on the announcement along with some recommendations for you to follow in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Opioid Epidemic: Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, etc. Opioids have killed more than 250,000 people in the last decade, including more than 42,000 people in 2016 alone. That equates to one person dying every 12.5 minutes due to opioid overdose. Opioids kill an individual by depressing their respiratory function so the individual literally chokes to death because they cannot get enough oxygen to their brain and other organs.

Sadly enough, this problem is very unique to the U.S. in comparison to other countries:

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Now you might notice a really interesting fact: many opioids, which lead to addiction and death, are actually prescribed to a patient by a doctor. The data show that most physicians lack confidence in their ability to prescribe opioids safely and to predict and discuss potential future drug abuse with their patients. And, in fact, large proportions of doctors are actually very concerned about opioid addiction and death.

My disappointment with the announcement is that there is such a focus on Naxolone, which is an expensive and often not readily available solution that doesn’t actually get at the root cause of the problem. The root cause of the problem is that doctors are prescribing high dosage and frequency of opioids to patients who unknowingly will get addicted and could have otherwise received a different pain intervention such as exercise, massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, etc. Unfortunately, once addicted patients turn to pill-seeking amongst different doctors to game the system and ultimately turn to getting heroin off the streets.

Therefore, it’s important that we stress the importance of educating physicians and patients on how to navigate this drug altogether to gain any potential benefit without wreaking havoc on an individual and their family.

For more background, I highly recommend the HBO documentary “Warning: This Drug May Kill You”.

The documentary will shake you to your bones but it will visualize for you how opioids can kill anyone from good kids to good mothers. 

Doctors can prescribe opioids on anything from knee surgery to a c-section. So how can you protect yourself and your loved ones?

When prescribed a pain-relieving medication, ask the following questions:

  1. Is this medication an opioid?
  2. Is there another option instead of taking a drug?
  3. Is there a non-opioid pain-relieving drug I can take instead?
  4. Is this the lowest possible dose I can take?
  5. Can I have fewer pills?
  6. How is it best to taper off the drug?

Be sure to discuss your health history, family history, and risk of addiction.

For the healthcare professionals, I recommend the following:

  • Pull your analytics on prescribing patterns of doctors so you can intervene on high prescribers.
  • Pull your data on dosage by patient so you know which patients are at risk of addiction and overdose.
  • Use these guidelines to establish protocols and procedures for your institution in order to intervene where possible.

Yes, Naxolone has the potential to save an individual who is overdosing and going into respiratory failure, but we need to start addressing the root of the problem, which begins with developing clear guidelines and operational support to physician prescribers and patients.

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The Academy

The Academy has launched!

Hello, my Health Care Transformation tribe! 

Today I have the most exciting news- The Academy has officially launched! “Open Enrollment” for The Academy begins today and to celebrate we have special sales on all courses for the rest of the week! Be sure to head to The Academy today to check out the deals!

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With the launch of The Academy, I have six courses to offer you and your loved ones.

Perhaps you have kids who are heading off to the real world and you want to make sure they are fully safe and prepared to make the right healthcare decisions. Perhaps you have parents who are aging and you want to be sure they are getting what they need at the lowest price. Or maybe you yourself are feeling frustrated and confused with your own interactions with the health care system and are looking for some key tips! 

Choose the holistic course that is tailored to you to give you the most bang for your buck:

Health Care For the Young Adults: The Basics You Need to Know

Health Care For the Adults: The Basics You Need to Know

Health Care For the Wise Elders: The Basics You Need to Know

Or, if you are interested in only one specific topic, the following courses can be purchased individually on the subject matter that is most useful to you:

The History and Current State of U.S. Health Care 101

Health Insurance 101

Navigating the U.S. Health Care System 101

Now is the time to take control of your health outcomes and reduce the price you pay to get there. My goal is that the lessons and tools within The Academy will give you the confidence you need to navigate the U.S. health care system with ease.

I’m so excited to more fully support you on your healthcare journey and, as always, Cheers to Health and Happiness! 

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Health Care Transformation

The Academy is coming!

Hey Guys,

Happy 2018! I hope you and yours had a lovely holiday and a Happy New Year! I’m excited to kick off the new year with some very exciting news: The Health Care Transformation Academy launches this month!

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The Academy consists of concise, easy-to-use lessons on how to understand and navigate the U.S. health care system in order to achieve your best health outcomes at the best price. I’m so excited to have tangible lessons available soon that really support and guide you in giving you that peace of mind you need when navigating our confusing, messy, expensive health care system.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming days and I’m so excited to kick off 2018 by supporting you in taking control over your health outcomes!

Cheers to Health and Happiness!

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