Jordan Rubin is one of America's most recognized and respected natural health experts. Known as America's Biblical Health Coach, he is a New York Times best selling author of "The Maker's Diet," and 20 additional health titles, including his latest work "Live Beyond Organic. An international motivational speaker, and host of the weekly television show "Living Beyond Organic," that reaches over 30 million households worldwide Jordan has lectured on natural health in 5 continents and 46 states in the US. Jordan is the Founder of Garden of Life, a leading whole food nutritional supplement company and has earned doctorate degrees in naturopathic medicine, nutrition and natural therapies. In 2009 Jordan fulfilled a lifelong dream by starting Beyond Organic, a vertically integrated company specializing in organic foods, beverages, skin and body care and nutritional supplements farming over 8,000 organic acres in Missouri where he resides with his family.
Award-winning author of "The Truth About Beauty" and a renowned transformation expert returns. Before becoming the natural health world's premiere beauty-oriented health expert, —and, before that, one of the most famous beauty experts of the nineties—Kat had a far deeper transformation that involved overcoming a 12-year, heroin-like addiction to food and a slew of other serious diseases. After healing herself of one issue after the other while dropping ten dress sizes and dramatically transforming her skin in the process, Since then, she's helped thousands dramatically transform their bodies and lives as she did through her bestselling book, her national health columns, talk radio show, PBS special, website at InformedBeauty.com, and her Total Transformation programs.
Paul Ossmann joined CBS46 in January 2012 as a weekend meteorologist. Ossmann is a familiar face to Atlanta viewers; he's been on the air here for 24 years, at both WAGA and WXIA. Paul has 30 years of weather reporting skills and experience and is no stranger to weather events and occurrences in the metro area. He has covered every major weather event from the droughts of the late 1980s to the tornado outbreak in April of 2011. Ossmann's work has earned him several Regional Emmy awards for weather reporting and hosting. In fact, his skills were even noticed by Hollywood. He was the Chief Meteorologist providing critical weather information for the following movies: The Blind Side, The Lottery Ticket, Footloose and Joyful Noise. Before his work in Atlanta, Paul also worked as the Chief Meteorologist at WBMG-TV in Birmingham, AL and WKAB-TV in Montgomery, AL. He also worked as staff meteorologist at KTAB-TV in Abilene TX. Paul possesses the NWA seal of approval and is a trained tornado spotter and co-op observer from the National Weather Service. In his spare time, Paul competes in shot put in Masters Track and Field events across the country. He is an accomplished shot-putter; having won four national titles and in 2011 finishing second at the World Masters Track and Field Championships held in Sacramento. Paul has two sons, Grant and Parker.
Speakers and Presenters:
Gez Agolli, ND, PhD, DrPH
Gez Agolli, ND, PhD, DrPH is the founder of Progressive Medical Centers in Atlanta. Dr. Agolli hosts the weekly radio show “Progressive Medical Hour of Power!” discussing current medical topics that educate and inform the general public on cutting edge, evidenced based medical treatments and therapies. Dr. Agolli is a true integrative practitioner with a strong philosophy of getting to the root cause of medical conditions.
Board Certified in Integrative Medicine from The American Association of Integrative Medicine (BCIM), and Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board Inc. Commissioned by the American Association of Drug-less Practitioners and a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging, the American Academy of Pain Management and the Christian Medical & Dental Association. He earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree (NMD) from the United States School of Naturopathy and Allied Sciences, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nutrition from First National University. DSc (Doctor of Science) Integrative Medicine USAT (University Science Arts & Technology) Montserrat WI, Doctor of Medicine (MD) USAT Montserrat DrPH, Public Health from USAT. A Healthcare Management Certification from the University of Miami, a Masters degree in Herbology and a Bachelors degree in Healthcare Administration.
Raised by her grandparents in a rural town off the coast of North Carolina, Nikki was first introduced to cooking by her grandmother at the age of seven. It was at that moment that she developed an interest for cooking and by the age of 10, she knew her way around a cookbook and began using them for inspiration. Nikki Bell is one of 16 home cooks from across the country who will compete for a $50,000 cash prize in the Food Network's new culinary competition series America's Best Cook
, premiering Sunday, April 13, at 9 PM. Hosted by Ted Allen, the 16 cooks are divided into four teams representing the South, North, East, and West, and each team is mentored by a Food Network chef. Nikki proudly represents Team South, mentored by celebrity Chef Cat Cora. Committed to bringing family members back to the dinner table and recouping their love for Sunday dinners. Her first cookbook, A Bit of This, A Bit of That: Comfort Food for the Eclectic Soul will be published on April 13, 2014 with the release her seasoning collection, Season for Soul featuring four of her favorite spice blends to follow in mid-May.
Lindsay is an Education Ambassador for Bright Pink, a national non-profit focused on risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals. She lives in Sandy Springs, GA and became passionate about the cause when she lost her mother to breast cancer in 2002.
Chef Jennifer Hill Booker
Cookbook Author, Professional Chef and Owner of Your Resident Gourmet, Chef Jennifer Hill Booker is saving the world one dish at a time!
GA Grown Executive Chef, Jennifer Hill Booker, believes that "food should taste like food" and for over 20 years has spent her culinary career educating people about food, nutrition, and healthy cooking practices. As a culinary educator, she has been in a prime position to demonstrate the ease, affordability, and importance of cooking and eating seasonally, and has shared this information in the classroom, cooking stage, original published recipes and in her first cookbook, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent
, (due out September 1st). A personal chef and recipe contributor to such publications as Jezebel, Southern Seasons, Urban Socialites, Basil Magazine, and Sister2Sister, Chef Jennifer recently launched YourResidentGourmet.net a food blog focusing on healthy eating, culinary trends, travel, and living well.
Among her many honors, Jennifer was selected to be a GA Grown Executive Chef, by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, where she travels the state representing Georgia family farmers. Chef Jennifer is currently an adjunct instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Atlanta and believing that cooking heals the soul, she offers Culinary Therapy sessions for The Cottages on Mountain Creek, a private stabilization residence for those living with mental illness.
She volunteers her time and resources to the Chef of the World: A Taste of Fame scholarship gala, Africa's Children Fund Annual Fundraiser, Cooking Matters, Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, and Les Dames d'Escoffier International's GreenTables Initiative. Chef Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tulsa, graduated at the top of her class with an Associates of Occupational Science from Oklahoma State University and went on to earn top honors from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Paris, France with a Base de Cuisine certificate. She currently resides in Lilburn, Georgia with her family.
Brenda Cobb founded the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, Georgia in September 1999 just seven months after she was diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer. She refused the surgery and chemotherapy that her doctor recommended because she had seen her own family members and friends diagnosed with the same type of cancers try the traditional treatments and fail. Brenda set out on a journey to explore a natural way of healing and discovered Raw and Living Foods and Detoxification. Brenda began her healing journey in February 1999 and by September 1999 she was disease free. Since opening the Living Foods Institute Brenda has expanded her Healthy Lifestyle Course to help people heal on every level. She and her staff have trained thousands of people from all over the world with every type of disease from Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Candida, Arthritis, Allergies, Asthma, AIDS and Lupus to Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Depression, Migraine Headaches, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and many more chronic and acute illnesses . To date she has written 10 books "The Living Foods Lifestyle®", "Colon Cleansing For Optimum Health" and "101 Raw and Living Food Recipes", "Get Started Now For Good Health" "The Living Foods Lifestyle Training Manual", "Healing Fibroids, Endometriosis, Tumors and Cysts", "A Plan For Health", "Good Health Now" "33 Quick & Easy Organic Raw and Living Food Recipes", "Essential Oils Heal Body, Mind & Spirit", and she has a CD on the benefits of Raw and Living Foods and a Healthy Lifestyle. She has hosted her own radio show, Living Well on WGUN 1010AM in Atlanta, Georgia where she has helped listeners learn about the benefits of good Lifestyle Habits. She has appeared live on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX networks as well as many cable stations giving advice on healthy eating and living. She was awarded an Honorary Cultural Doctorate in Therapeutic Philosophy from the World University in September 2003. She was awarded the Phoenix Award by the City of Atlanta and numerous awards from other organizations for her work. Brenda's mission is to help "Heal the World One Person at a Time". For more information visit www.livingfoodsinstitute.com
Crystal Collins, founder of The Healthy Green Network and NaturalThrifty.com, is an international speaker, writer, and has been a health advocate in the natural and organic industry for seven years. She's mostly known for her passion for healthier eating, fitness, and especially juicing! These allowed her to drop six pant sizes, by going from a size 16 down to a 4. Now she works to inspires others with her story and knowledge of healthier living.
Join John Fenton, brain management consultant, brain education leader and ambassador for life empowerment for stress-free tips on how to live a successful and mindful life. Discover the benefits of the Mindful Revolution.
Brad Gould, M.D.
Dr. Brad Gould is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He attended Medical College of Georgia and graduated in 1999. He completed his internship at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL and his residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC. Dr. Gould also has a fellowship from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He graduated cum laude with his undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology and has a Masters degree in Oceanography. Dr. Gould provides complete family care for all ages from birth to geriatrics. Full pediatric and women’s well care are also offered. He has a very diverse background with special interests in sports medicine & peak performance, integrative medicine using a complementary and alternative approach when desired, healthy diet & nutrition, exercise, herbal & anti-aging medicine and homeopathy. Dr. Gould was born in Atlanta and in his spare time he enjoys Tai Chi, Qi Gong, yoga, weight training, cooking, surfing, hiking, scuba diving, mountain biking, kayaking, theater and college football.
Jane Holmes, Director of Living Foods Institute, shares a powerful message of motional healing using the power of the words, the mind and the beliefs. She is an internationally recognized professional photographer, featured in numerous publications around the world. She put aside her photography career to join Living Foods Institute in 2000 and quickly became a favorite teacher. Her many varied life experiences have helped to make her a well loved and respected mental and emotional teacher. She has helped many thousands from all over the world, move through and heal deep emotional and mental blocks, so they may heal of serious diseases and create the possibilities of health for a lifetime. Her humor and flavorful stories bring excitement and fun to the healing process. She has the unique ability to help a person get in touch with issues that could be holding them back and making them sick. Her loving and sweet spirited way creates a safe, secure environment for a person to finally let go and move into the great possibilities they were born to manifest. She is able to help a person cut through years of buried "guck" in a relatively short amount of time, so powerful progress can quickly be achieved. Her mission is to help people remember their greatness and express the real authentic self. Through her teachings, she has empowered many to go beyond their wildest expectations, to fulfill their goals and create a life of joy and happiness.
Afya Ibomu is a Holistic Nutritionist, the CEO of NATTRAL.com, and has been a vegetarian since 1990. Her third book the Vegan Soul Food Guide to the Galaxy, was nominated for an African American Literary Award for cookbook of the year. Afya is certified in Holistic Health and holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition. She is also the author of the Get Your Crochet On! pattern book series, that have sold over 20,000 copies. Afya is a celebrity nutritionist and crochet designer working with hip hop artists such as Erykah Badu, Common, Dead Prez and Talib Kweli. Afya currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, stic.man of dead prez and their twelve year-old son Itwela. Afya Ibomu B.S. CHHC, is a Holistic Nutritionist and the CEO of Nattral Unlimited LLC, a multifaceted company expressing the vision of a modern holistic lifestyle. We also have a passion for giving back and making this world a better place! With our initiatives such as our DRINK WATERTM campaign, we are able to provide an easier way for people to get clean water in Africa and that's just the beginning!
Janiele Lewis, "The Preconception Doula" and founder of "The Legacies of Health" Movement, has a 20+ years history of providing health and education services to her community. This includes: 1000+ hours of Labor and Delivery internship experience; research internship projects, related to the "Human Papilloma Virus" and Infertility; six years as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, seven years as a Biochemistry educator (in Georgia and South Korea) and now as a Natural Health Educator and Preconception Doula. Her passion for empowering people to take control of their health is only rivaled by her love of learning, traveling, and laughter.
Evelyn's interest in health began at an early age. As she became of age and was able to make independent decisions about her health, Evelyn was led to make a lifestyle adjustment. With God as her Master Instructor, she embarked upon a self-study program and learned practical lessons regarding the best ways to care for her body temple. As she saw the difference it made in her life, the Holy Spirit impressed her to share her findings with others. She eventually conducted a weekly study group in her home. That small group of like-minded individuals later became known as the Abundant Life Health Association. This organization focus is on community education and well being. Evelyn sees the positive impact and success of this organization to the provision and direction of the Holy Spirit. She presents natural health programs for church, business, civic organizations and facilitates individual coaching. Evelyn is a Health Educator, Lifestyle Consultant, Medical missionary, and Profession Chef. She has publisher, and appeared on television talk shows. Is an avid runner, and participates yearly in Atlanta's 5K race.
Her message to everyone is:
"Your Health is Your Wealth. Do all that, you can to preserve it."!
Tassili Maat, the owner of Tassili's Raw Reality raw food restaurant, has lived in Atlanta for 28 years, but she was born in Houston, Texas. The family moved to San Diego when she was five. Maat's mother was something of a gourmet cook and her father was a medical doctorbenefiting from newly enacted integration laws, he was the first in his family to graduate from college. She was exposed to raw foodism in the 1980s and felt that it was too time-consuming to be practical, but says, "What I found was that the reality was quite the contrary. As a vegetarian, I was already buying my food fresh and preparing it to sauté, stir-fry or bake. With raw food, I found I was preparing it to marinade, and nine times out of 10, it was ready to eat faster than if I had cooked it. Once I was able to make that paradigm shift in my mind, a whole new culinary world opened up for me." She has written an un-cookbook, Raw Recipes on the Go: Quick and Easy Raw Food Recipes in 15 minutes or Less. Courtesy of Natural Awakenings, published 3/1/2013
Nathan A. Mikeska
My name is Nathan Mikeska and I chose my career path as a certified personal trainer, wellness coach, and nutritionist after becoming a veteran of the United States Air Force. I am currently a resident of Savannah, GA where I have spent the last eight years mentoring and coaching individuals to reach their fitness and wellness goals. Upon graduating with a degree in Nutrition, I have the confidence and knowledge to provide individualized coaching and nutrition advice as a personal trainer. I use my expertise to provide online and in-person wellness coaching to customers of OurSkinny, The Easiest Diet Ever! I have been a contributing writer for the Savannah Morning News, and am currently writing monthly exercise and nutrition related articles for Muscle & Fitness. I knew early in life that I wanted to work in the wellness field and plan to make a positive impact in not only client's lives but mine as well.
Dr. Stacy Mobley NMD, MPH
Dr. Stacy Mobley NMD, MPH earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She received her undergraduate degree and Master of Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is currently the resident on staff at Progressive Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Burdette. Although Dr. Mobley sees patients with a variety of diseases and ailments, she has a special interest in Preconception care and Natural Fertility. She strongly believes that healthy babies provide a better foundation for healthy adults. Dr. Mobley enjoys speaking and teaching to audiences around the globe. She, wholeheartedly believes that each person has a purpose to fulfill. Her gift is in helping you achieve your health goals, enabling you to see and have the stamina and drive to fulfill it. She combines your specific symptoms and individualized test results to support you, the whole person. She does not believe what you are experiencing is “all in your head.” Dr. Mobley is an avid traveler, 18 countries and counting, who enjoys learning about health care systems, medical practices, and cultures around the world.
Chef Asata Reid
Chef/Journalist Asata Reid started the culinary-education programs of Life Chef to help fill the gap between what you should be eating and the dilemma of how to eat healthfully. Life Chef is making the world a healthier place, one plate at a time. Join Chef Asata in the delicious, life-affirming revolution where we cook with joy, dine with pleasure and celebrate life!
Ms. Spencer is a foremost influencer in the area of chronic pain management. Her mission is to help heal, and educate the masses on the role inflammation plays in creating pain; to have people understand and experience that pain is not a natural outgrowth of aging! As a graduate of the Soma Institute National School of Clinical Massage Therapy; a nationally certified, licensed clinical Massage Therapist, Ms. Spencer has traveled the United States and beyond imparting valuable learning based on over a decade of research. Her experience spans a premier academic medical center, corporations, chiropractic and osteopathic practices, dance centers, hospitals, and rehabilitation clinics. The elimination of pain is Ms. Spencer's specialty. Ms. Spencer knows pain's patterns and the way inflammation moves through tissues. In 2007 she joined a group of forward thinking, world renowned scientists and practitioners for the first Fascia Research Congress. By the second, she was presenting her preliminary research to her peers in Amsterdam. Ms. Spencer is focused on educating through lectures and workshops discussing prevention and ergonomics in relation to chronic pain, as well as what creates and sustains chronic pain states. Ms. Spencer holds professional membership in the Fascia Research Society, Performing Arts Medicine Association, American Pain Society, the American Massage Therapy Association and the National Association for Professional Women.
Dr. Frank Tian Xie
Dr. Frank Tian Xie obtained his Bachelor's degree from Peking University in Beijing, China, and MBA & Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He has been on the faculty of business at Drexel University in Philadelphia and University of South Carolina in Aiken. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Xie had eight years of industry experience serving in managerial and consulting positions in firms such as Airtouch Cellular (now Verizon Wireless), SunTrust Equitable Securities, and Innotrac Corporation. His consulting clients include Economic Development Partnership of Aiken, United States Postal Services, Hutchins & Rea Music, and Apeks International. As a practitioner of Falun Dafa of more than 13 years, Dr. Xie has spoken about this ancient meditation and cultivation practice from China in many forum, seminar, and panel discussions at the UN in Geneva and New York, and in many cities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.