Hannah Curlee, The Biggest Loser Season 11 Journey to Health and Happiness!
Join Hannah to learn about her journey to health, wellness, and happiness through weight loss. Fad and dangerous diets led her to the Biggest Loser where she changed her life, mind and her relationship with food. She will discuss maintaining weight loss, food choices and staying motivated as well as offer tips and tricks on how to eat smart and exercise smarter!
Hannah’s biggest motivation for going on NBC’s The Biggest Loser was her overwhelming desire to overcome depression and gain a life without limitations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations at the University of Alabama. In her high school days, she was the homecoming queen and star athlete, but avoided her 10-year high school reunion because, she says, “I was too ashamed to let everyone see what I’d become.” Weight didn’t become an issue for Hannah until she was 20 years old. She had an accident, which resulted in emergency back surgery and ended her collegiate sports career. Feeling defeated, she began to gain weight.
When 32 year old Hannah stepped onto the scale for the first time at The Biggest Loser she weighed 248 pounds and 22 weeks later she wowed 8.5 million viewers, having lost 120 pounds. Today, Hannah tours the country speaking about the importance of nutrition and wellness and maintains her weight loss through cardio workouts and early morning boot camp regiments.
Website: My Fit Inspiration
Dr. Jennifer Ashton The New Frontier in Women’s Health: How to Make Your Life Healthier, More Vibrant and Less Stressful
Today represents a new and exciting time for women of all ages. Say goodbye to the ‘auto-pilot’ approach that many women faced from the medical community in the decades between their last contraction and their first hot flash! Now, like never before, women have the potential to achieve their best health and fitness, and their best inner and outer well-being, but they need a good road map to do this, along with a good strategy and approach. By taking a holistic, head to toe approach to vitality and stress reduction, women have the ability to look and feel better now, than they did 10 or more years ago. After taking care of women for more than 10 years, Dr. Ashton has learned what works and what doesn’t work, and she will share these insights with you during her presentation.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton is a Board-Certified Ob-Gyn, who specializes in Adolescent Gynecology. Born in California and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, she hails from a family of 6 other physicians and one nurse. She attended the Horace Mann School and then Columbia College of Columbia University before obtaining her medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was the single recipient of the prestigious Bartlestone Prize in Pharmacology from Columbia medical school. Dr. Ashton served as Chief Resident in Ob-Gyn at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where she was awarded Chief Resident of the Year upon completing her post-graduate training.
Website: Hygeia Gynecology
Jeffrey L. Brown, Psy.D., ABPP Say Goodbye to Stress
Yes, the key to success really is all in your head. Every time you think a thought, feel an emotion, or execute a behavior, your brain changes. The good news is you can take charge of this process at any age and experience personal success as a result. In this thought-provoking and entertaining presentation, Dr. Jeff Brown explores the surprising science describing healthy brains today, including five crucial “Brainpower Tools” that are the key to cultivating your drive to take good care of yourself.
Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jeff Brown is a champion of cognitive-behavioral psychology. Brown not only walks along side clients who want to manage inconvenient psychological symptoms, but also teaches individuals how to apply research-based strategies to fine tune their brains and optimize life. He’s board-certified in both clinical and cognitive-behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Website: Dr. Jeff Brown
Dr. Marie Pasinski Make Over Your Mind
Join Harvard neurologist, brain health expert and author Marie Pasinski, MD in launching your personal brain makeover. Dr. Pasinski will show you fun, creative ways to tap into your brain’s remarkable ability to redesign itself, at any age. Learn the valuable secrets to reduce stress and take charge of your daily life. By “making over your mind” you will discover the true power and beauty of your brain. Dr. Pasinski is the author of Beautiful Brain, Beautiful you and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power. Dr. Pasinski invites you to look, feel and achieve your personal best by maximizing your brain’s remarkable potential.
Dr. Marie Pasinski is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, where she continues to serve on the faculty. She is a board certified member of the American Academy of Neurology and is a staff neurologist for the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
A renowned brain health expert, Dr. Pasinski has been featured as an expert commentator for The Today Show, Ladies Home Journal and numerous other media outlets. She writes a health blog for the Huffington Post and is the author of Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power. Dr. Pasinski is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the importance of adopting a brain healthy lifestyle and the realization that our brain is the true source of our vitality and happiness.
Website: Marie Pasinski
Dr. Joseph Shrand Outsmarting Anger: Keep it Frontal, Don’t go Limbic.
When is the last time you got angry at someone treating you with respect? You don’t, and this has the same reliability as gravity. Apples don’t fall up and the brain does not activate anger when it feels respected. Anger is an emotion designed to change the behavior of someone else. We get angry when we want someone to do something different: to start doing something or stop doing something. But being respected feels great. So why would we want to change that? In his engaging and entertaining style, Dr. Shrand will take the audience through the seven steps to reduce anger: not just yours but the anger of those around you. When you think about it, it is not always your anger that gets in the way of your success. Very often it is someone else’s anger that gets in the way of your success. Their anger wants you to do something different. If anger is an emotion designed to change the behavior of someone else, respect is a behavior designed to change the emotion of someone else. We have evolved a new part of our brain, the pre-frontal cortex which can modulate our ancient emotional brain, the limbic system. Come and learn how to do just that in Dr. Shrand’s educational lecture.
Dr. Joseph Shrand is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, an Assistant Child Psychiatrist on the medical staff of Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Medical Director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), a brand new intervention unit for at-risk teens which is part of the highly respected High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, MA. He has served as Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent outpatient program at McLean Hospital, has run several inpatient psychiatric units, and is currently also the Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit for High Point Treatment Centers in Plymouth. He is also the Medical Director of Road to Responsibility, a community based program that tends to adults with significant developmental disability.
Website: Dr. Joseph Shrand
Registered Dietitian: 3pm-4pm
Diane Henderiks is a personal chef, Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer on a mission to teach America how to cook & eat well! She has raised the culinary bar for healthy cooking & is renowned for creating wholesome cuisine that is both delicious and nutritious. Diane is a Good Morning America health contributor, go-to food and nutrition expert for national television, print and on-line media and she has been featured in The New York Times. She travels the country sharing her expertise while engaging audiences with high energy presentations at the nation’s top food & wine festivals. Diane’s passion and expertise when it comes to food and nutrition makes it nearly effortless to anyone to learn how to cook and eat healthy and love it at the same time! Dish with Diane™ is rapidly becoming the go-to resource for healthy recipes, food facts, kitchen tips, how-to cooking video, nutrition and health info and much more. Television show, cookbook and many exciting things are in the works so stay tuned!
Website: Dish with Diane
Wake Up and Work Out: 8:30am-9am
Wake up and work out with with Colleen Ketchum, creator of the hot, new fitness form Beyond Barre. Join her for a sequence of exercises that optimize the ability to burn fat, sculpt the body, and build long, lean muscles. BeyondBarre takes ballet barre leg sculpting exercises and amplifies them by incorporating Glide Board skating intervals to build the lateral side-to-side muscles and raise the heart rate.
In her down time Colleen is a stuntwoman, mother of three young boys and owner of Pilates In Motion of Warwick, NY. Her understanding of the human body – she holds a BS in Biology – experience as a competitive gymnast, and love of athletic training drew her to Pilates and, ultimately, to creating the BeyondBarre workout.
Dr. Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins
Hormonal Balance, Stress Management and Epigenetics: 9am-10am
First hormone replacement therapy was thrown at all menopausal women without a personal history of breast cancer, then we were told it was too risky and asked to avoid hormones at all costs. What’s a woman to do? In this presentation, Dr. Lorde-Rollins will outline the history of hormone therapy in menopause and discuss current approaches – both traditional and functional. She will also review the cardiac, osteoporosis and sexual health risks of menopause from both allopathic and alternative therapeutic viewpoints.
Dr. Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins completed her medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and then her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. She briefly served as a clinical instructor at Harlem Hospital before joining a private practice in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. She currently holds dual appointments as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai Medical School, concentrating her clinical time in adolescent gynecology at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Dr. Lorde-Rollins is on the Board of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center which provides sensitive, quality health care and related services.