Press Release for Thursday, May 11, 2006

UNF Hosts One-Day Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Women’s Center, Greek Affairs and the Counseling Center are co-sponsoring a one-day workshop on Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will provide expert advice for healthy living. The workshop will be held on campus in building 14, rooms 1604-1606.

The “Sustaining a Healthy Lifestyle” workshop will feature Dr. Joe Martin, one of America’s top motivational professors, Dr. Christina Winsey-Rudd, a physician specializing in life-coaching and weight management, and nutritional therapist Debbie Schultz.

The keynote session will be led by Martin who was born and reared in one of the toughest inner city ghettos in Miami. The product of a teenage mother, he watched six of his friends die to violence, drugs and crime before he reached the age of 16. A first generation high school graduate, Martin was told he was not college material. In spite growing up in a family plagued by alcoholism, drugs and sexual abuse, he not only went on to attend college but graduated at the top of his class. At 24, Martin also became the youngest tenured-earning professor ever hired to teach at the University of West Florida. As a national speaker and author, he has helped thousands of students and educators find their purpose, maximize their potential and move beyond unhealthy behaviors and habits.

Winsey-Rudd, known as the “I Can” doctor, is a holistic physician as well as a life and weight-loss coach. She has developed a comprehensive, mind-body approach to healthy weight management. As a weight loss coach, she uses a variety of body-mind approaches to keep clients motivated and on track, to help them solve problems and to find what works for each individual. Winsey-Rudd is the co-owner of Dynamic GoldMind Strategies, Inc., an innovative corporate coaching firm that offers executive coaching and experiential workshops. She co-hosts a radio show, “Powerful Living,” which provides listeners with cutting-edge information on natural and holistic life solutions.

Schultz is a registered dietitian and nutritional therapist who provides counseling and education courses at the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pa. The author of “Simply Eat,” Shultz received her Bachelor of Arts in biology at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash. She will be hosting a breakout session on how to create quick, healthy meals and another session on writing her acclaimed book.

The “Sustaining a Healthy Lifestyle” workshop is free and open to the public with a complimentary lunch provided. Persons with disabilities who require assistance to participate in this event are requested to notify the Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528 at least five days in advance.