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Tara Stiles Turns Love For Yoga into a Fitness Career

Born Tara Leann Stiles on May 6, 1981 in Morris Illinois, Tara grew up with her only sibling, an older brother named Chad. After high school Tara attended the University of Chicago where she majored in dance and graduated in 2003. Shortly after graduating she was spotted by a modeling agent and signed by Ford Models, after which she moved to New York City to begin her career.

Tara found a love for yoga when Ford asked her to make a short promotional yoga video for the agency to post on YouTube. Her new-found passion pushed the model to take a 200-hour course to become a certified yoga instructor. She continued to model and make yoga videos, which generated millions of viewers and used social media to attract new students. In 2007, Tara left Ford Models and began blogging for Women’s Health and The Huffington Post, and most recently MindBodyGreen.com. (more…)

Celebrity Chef Rachael Ray Was Born With Food in Her Blood

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray was born into a family full of restaurant business owners on August 25, 1968. Her place of birth was Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and she was raised in Lake George, New York. She’s had many successes that put her as #38 on the top 100 list for the most influential people in health and fitness 2011. Some of these accomplishments include authoring many cookbooks, starring in a daytime talk show, and hosting shows on the Food Network.

Before making it big in the food industry, Ray held many restaurant jobs that helped her to work her way up the ladder. She was surrounded by family members who worked in the food industry influencing her to lead the same lifestyle. Her first word was even “vino” after hearing her grandfather say it all the time. Ray’s mother was the food supervisor for several Howard Johnson’s, which was how Ray actually became a waitress there herself. Another job she held was a candy manager at Macy’s Market Place in New York.

The start of her career took off while working in a gourmet food shop in Schenectady, New York. Ray developed the “30 Minute Meals” and taught the cooking classes which quickly became her signature after being picked up by a local television network. The meals had to be quick and easy to prepare and guaranteed to take no longer than 30 minutes to prep. The types of dishes ranged from comfort food to entertaining food, so no matter what the occasion is, Rachael Ray could provide many options to choose from.

Not only did these meals make it on a local television network, but they also led Ray down the path to her first book deal as well as a contract with the Food Network. The “30 Minute Meals” eventually became so popular that the Food Network decided to give Ray three more TV programs called Inside Dish, Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels, and $40 a Day.

The years 2005 and 2006 were big for Ray as she married John Cusimano in 2005, released her own food and lifestyle magazine, “Every Day With Rachael Ray,” and premiered a self-titled TV talk show. This was right about the same time her first TV show, 30 Minute Meals, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show. Barely two years later, Ray won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment.

Also on her list of achievements is the non-profit organization “Yum-O!,” launched in 2006. The program is designed to help feed American children in need, and to educate young people and their families about the importance of good nutrition. The program offers an interactive website that enables kids to do things like learn family-friendly recipes by getting started in the kitchen at a young age.  Yum-O’s three-word motto is “COOK – Educating Kids and their families about food and cooking, FEED – Feeding hungry American kids, FUND – Funding cooking education and scholarships.”

Ray has two homes with her husband in Luzerne, New York and Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. They spend most of their time at their lake-side cabin in Luzerne where Ray’s mother actually lives with them. Ray has one younger brother named Emmanuel and one older sister named Maria.

Here are a few of the cookbooks Authored by Rachael Ray:

2001’s Comfort Foods
2003’s Get Togethers
2005’s Rachael Ray 365
Yum-O!: The Family Cookbook
Rachael Ray Nutrish Premium
Rachel Ray’s Big Orange Book
Book of 10


*Photos from www.foodnetwork.com and  www.ohmygoshbeck.com 

Jane Fonda is a Fitness Expert Doubling as an Actress and Activist

Jane Seymour Fonda was born on December 21, 1937 in New York City to Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Brokaw. Jane’s parents were highly recognized in the public eye at that time, as her father was a legendary actor and mother was a New York socialite. Her childhood was normal except she was subjected to the limelight at an early age. The first production featuring Jane was “The Country Girl;” she was acting with her father by her side. In 1958, she joined the Actors Studio and debuted in the production “Tall Story” in 1960. She briefly attended Vassar College, then her film career started to take off and soon enough she was nominated for multiple Academy Awards and Oscars.

The Vietnam War took Jane Fonda‘s career to another level. The actress was very outspoken about her views on the war. She went on tour to cities along the West Coast to interview soldiers before they were deployed. The American public was upset with Fonda when photos surfaced of her on an anti-aircraft battery surrounded by Vietnamese soldiers. After the Vietnam War, Jane apologized to veterans and others who were upset by the photo.

During the 1980s, Jane found a new calling: exercise videos. As a child, she took ballet classes, then in her adult life she would do ballet to stay fit. However, a foot injury during the filming of “The China Syndrome” she had to find a new workout. Jane started aerobic and strengthening exercises, and wanted to share her new exercises with other baby boomers approaching middle age. (more…)

Jackie Warner’s Reality Made Her a Fitness Super Star

If you watch the Bravo channel, then you’ve probably heard the name Jackie Warner. She’s an American fitness trainer who became a self-made millionaire at a very young age. What inspired her to follow this particular lifestyle? That was probably her weight gain of 53 pounds during her first four months of college. She hated the way she looked and the lack of confidence she had in herself. The then 18-year-old decided to make a change the day she sat down, looked in the mirror, and cried as she came face to face with reality.

Her career took off at the young age of 22 after helping some friends make some serious life-changing results. Within her career’s first year, she established the first health club in Southern California to accept health insurance for exercise; it was named Lift.

In 2004, Warner also established Sky Sport and Spa, a gym and spa located in Beverly Hills, California. The business was showcased on Warner’s former TV show (what she’s most known for) on Bravo called “Work Out.” The show aired July 19, 2006 and ran for three seasons while cameras highlighted Warner’s daily routine of juggling her personal relationships, her employee’s personal issues, and running the business. In 2009, Warner sold the wellness center around the same time the show came to an end due to some dramatic controversies with well-known fitness model and breast cancer survivor Jamie Eason. (more…)

Denise Austin Shines as America’s Favorite Fitness Expert

Denise Austin has been in the health and fitness industry for more than 25 years and is most known for her exercise videos/DVDs and her emphasis on staying fit naturally. A few of her accomplishments include being an American fitness instructor, author, columnist, spokeswoman for Idaho Potatoes and Nature Made, and a former member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Throughout her career, she has been known by her nickname, “America’s Favorite Fitness Expert.”

Austin was born on February 13, 1957 in San Pedro, California. At age 12 she began taking gymnastics lessons and increased her skills enough to later receive an athletic scholarship from the University of Arizona. While she was a member of their gymnastics team, she was named #9 in the NCAA on the balance beam. Though Austin did not complete her degree there, she eventually transferred to California State University Long Beach. In 1979 she graduated with her bachelor of arts degree in physical education and a minor in exercises physiology. In 1983 she married sports attorney Jim Austin and eventually gave birth to their two daughters in the early 90s. (more…)

David Zinczenko Leads the Charge at Men’s Health with Eat This, Not That Series

The man behind the Eat This, Not That series and editor at Men’s Health magazine is David Zinczenko. He was born of Ukrainian decent on December 13, 1969 in Pennsylvania and grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At age 6, David’s parents divorced and from there he grew up with his mother for the remainder of his young life. As a child he was overweight and taunted by his brother for over-eating. By high school, David gained control of his weight and following graduation he entered the Naval Reserve. His military career sent him to Moravian College for his studies.

In 1991, David worked as an assistant editor at Men’s Journal. Just two years later he accepted a position as associate editor at Men’s Health. Then, in 2000, he made his biggest career move to editor-in-chief at Men’s Health, where he remains today.

The rising rate of obesity in America was a concern of David’s. He saw how many Americans’ misconception of food was detrimental to their health. He used his knowledge in health and fitness to launch his Eat This! Not That! book series. He helped people across America choose better food options ranging from similar Starbucks coffee to similar TV dinners at the grocery store. David’s success stems from his editorial positions and book collaborations with Matt Goulding. (more…)

Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Resume Deems Him Worthy of ‘America’s Doctor’ Title

The man Oprah has called “America’s Doctor” is one of the nation’s leading health gurus today. Dr. Mehmet Oz was voted one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine in 2008, listed in “Doctors of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine, and was chosen as 2011’s Most Trusted Voice in Daytime Television. He became a household name through appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, but he has since begun a media empire of his own, including hosting the Dr. Oz Show, authoring seven New York Times Best Sellers, hosting a daily satellite radio talk show, and penning four regular columns for Esquire Magazine, Time Magazine, AARP, and O, the Oprah Magazine. In addition to this, Oz performs more than 200 heart surgeries annually as vice chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University.

Oz was born in Cleveland in 1960 but was raised outside Philadelphia. Both of his parents are of Turkish descent and early in life he was exposed to Muslim spiritual practices, which continue to influence his life. Oz received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a joint MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to establish his medical career at the Department of Surgery at Columbia University, and also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Oz is annually listed in top medical journals as a highest-quality physician, specializing in cardiothoracic surgery. (more…)

Bethenny Frankel Grows from Real Housewife to Skinnygirl Mogul

Bethenny Frankel was born on November 4, 1970 in New York City. She was the only child to Robert J. Frankel and Bernadette Burke. Frankel has been quoted in numerous interviews and describes her childhood as abnormal. Bethenny remembers her childhood being filled with abuse, eating disorder, and chaos. Her father’s career was consumed with horses and race tracks, and when Bethenny was 4, he walked out on his family. She remained fatherless until her mother remarried another horse trainer. Even with a new father figure, Frankel’s childhood was troublesome. Because of her detrimental childhood, she had an on going battle with an eating disorder during her teenage years.

After graduating high school in Florida, Bethenny moved back to New York to attend college. She graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and psychology. Like most college graduates, Frankel did not know where life would take her. She decided that Los Angeles would be the perfect place to start her career. First, she wanted to be an actress, but rounds of rejection had her shooting for a career in event planning. Realizing event planning wasn’t her forte, Bethenny moved back to New York to attend the Natural Gourmet Institute and Culinary Arts, where she learned healthy food options and recipes. (more…)

Tim Ferriss Masters Life Four Hours at a Time

Timothy Ferriss, the author of the “4-Hour” series, was born on July 20, 1977. Tim’s childhood was spent in East Hampton, New York, and  after high school Tim attended Princeton University from which he graduated in 2000 with a degree in East Asian Studies. Right after college he started BrainQUICKEN, a nutritional supplement company. Eventually, Tim sold his company to a London based firm.

Tim’s resume is filled with unique accomplishments. He is a Guinness Book of World Records holder for the most tangos-spins in a minute. He can, impressively, also speak five languages.

In April 2007, his first book, “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich, was published. It is a self-help book for readers who want to maximize their time and eliminate distractions from their business. The bold claims in Tim’s book have made an ideal image for the entrepreneur lifestyle. (more…)

Chef Jamie Oliver Puts Children’s Health Before Food

Jamie Olivermay not be a fitness guru, but he has revolutionized the food and health industry. Born May 27, 1975 in Clavering, Essex, England, Jamie had a normal childhood until the age of 8 when he started working at his parents’ pub The Cricketers in Calvering. He would help around the kitchen and run errands for his parents. Jamie was around the kitchen so much that he found a passion for food. He completed training at Westminster Catering College at 16 years old and then France was calling Jaime’s name. He spent some time there working for a variety of restaurants. Upon his return to London he worked at Neal Street and then at the infamous River Cafe for three-and-a-half years with Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers. This is where his passion for Italian food was ignited.

His formal career started in 1997 after being featured in a documentary about the River Cafe. Jamie was offered his own show; thus The Naked Chef was born. Jamie kept himself busy with his projects, but gave back to the community. In 2001, he opened “Jamie’s Kitchen,” a training restaurant for English citizens who weren’t in school or employed. His open heart and love for cooking benefited people in need. The next project to catch Jamie’s attention was the poor state of school lunches in United Kingdom schools. In 2004, Jamie launched a national campaign called “Feed Me Better,” then went into schools and educated kids on the importance of eating healthy. “Feed Me Better” shed light on the obesity problem eradicating the UK. (more…)