Here is a Great Interview with a Coach

Here is a Great Interview with a Coach

MyHealthStyle app employs coaches across the country from diverse backgrounds with inspired passions. Each one has a history and a motivating reason for why they became a health coach and why they come work with MyHealthStyle Inc. Each week we are interviewing some of our coaches LIVE on Facebook so that YOU can personally meet and engage with our coaches.

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A personal interview one of our HealthStyle Coaches


Diversity in Genetics

Diversity in Genetics

What are the challenges African Americans face and how as a coach do you address race and genetic challenges that others may not face?

Happy Black History Month! While Black History month is a (short) time to recognize people of African American descent and their accomplishments, it can also be a time to be more aware about African Americans predisposition to certain diseases and health issues.  As health coaches, I feel the best way to deal with culturally diverse individuals is by being observant, gentle and sensitive.

Specifically with African Americans, the reality is there are many diseases and health conditions that more commonly affect the race. Statistically,

  • Diabetes is 60% more common in black Americans than in white Americans. Blacks are up to 2.5 times more likely to suffer a limb amputation and up to 5.6 times more likely to suffer kidney disease than other people with diabetes.
  • African-Americans are three times more likely to die of asthma than white Americans.
  • Deaths from lung scarring — sarcoidosis — are 16 times more common among blacks than among whites. The disease recently killed former NFL star Reggie White at age 43.
  • Despite lower tobacco exposure, black men are 50% more likely than white men to get lung cancer.
  • Strokes kill 4 times more 35- to 54-year-old black Americans than white Americans. Blacks have nearly twice the first-time stroke risk of whites.
  • Blacks develop high blood pressure earlier in life — and with much higher blood pressure levels — than whites. Nearly 42% of black men and more than 45% of black women aged 20 and older have high blood pressure.
  • Cancer treatment is equally successful for all races. Yet black men have a 40% higher cancer death rate than white men. African-American women have a 20% higher cancer death rate than white women.

While there can be many reasons and explanations as to why certain diseases strike African Americans the way they do (including genetics, socioeconomic status, and racism), our job as health coaches is to relate to the person first and most importantly. We should be open to any issues that a person may indeed feel is related to their race. We should be sensitive to things we don’t understand (like a person’s upbringing, social and economic environment and surroundings) and allow them to be open and honest. We should be observant and recognize where there could be any race related issues.  Not in a way to make a spectacle of the person, but enough to get them to look inside themselves to see where there might be some correlation.

Race and genetics can definitely play a role in some of the health issues that our clients may face. Though it can be important to recognize, I think as long as we show each individual respect, sensitivity, care and concern we will do right by them.  At the end of the day, they are all human beings looking to us to help them get better. Whether it be mind, body or spirit, our goal is to help them achieve their goals and be healthier.

MyHealthStyle Coach Danica Lafortune

The 2 things you can do to ward off the number one killer of woman!

The 2 things you can do to ward off the number one killer of woman!

Your heart is a muscle and it is an organ.

What is heart failure?

The American Heart Association describes heart failure as a condition that occurs when this important organ, essentially a pump, cannot effectively push blood out through the arteries and circulatory system to the body’s other organs and tissues.

Congestive heart failure, a worsening of this general condition, means blood flow from the heart through the arteries has slowed while blood returning to the heart through the veins has begun to back up and combined they cause congestion — a blood traffic jam.

Conditions that can lead to heart failure include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and coronary artery disease: when plaque builds up in the walls of arteries causing them to narrow and increasing the difficulty of pumping blood.

Heart failure, then, is a medical condition that needs to be treated to prevent a life-threatening heart attack.

What is a heart attack (myocardial infarction)?

A heart attack is a circulation problem. When circulation is blocked and blood is no longer supplied to the heart muscle it can damage that muscle. Blockages causing heart attacks are mostly caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Plaque forms when cholesterol combines with fat, calcium and other substances in the blood.

Major risk factors for heart attack are obesity, diabetes, family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of exercise. You do not need to have all of these to be at risk.

What is sudden cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest is the result of electrical disturbances that cause the heart to suddenly stop beating.

Your heart’s rhythm is rapid and irregular and your heart can’t pump effectively, so you suddenly collapse, as you might expect, a sudden, unexpected loss of heart function results in an equally sudden loss of breathing and consciousness.

One cause of cardiac arrest is heart attack!

Worldwide, heart disease is the leading cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths each year

Two things you can do:

  • Learn CPR. The importance of chest compressions, using a Defibrillator, and knowing the warning signs cannot be understated. AND, it is not done like you see it on TV! Please go take a class, you could save someone’s life.


  • Incorporate the necessary lifestyle changes in your life and your families lives to combat the leading causes applicable. You can’t do too much about the genetic factor, if you have one, but you certainly can address weight, activity, diet, and exercise.


Give your heart a fighting chance!



Mindfulness Monday

Mindfulness Monday


Taking care of your mental state is just as important as your physical state. As we close on 2016 and enter a new year we have a human cultural desire to define a tangible goal, or goals, to accomplish. We want to stick a label on it and declare to our surroundings our new or renewed commitments. This natural phenomenon is one of the reasons gym memberships soar and diet products sales dramatically increase the New Year. Our coaches at are preparing for increases in members too, as a result of this resolution clock, and we are doing some specific training in mindfulness.


Because we want long-term success for you. In three months when the gym memberships drop off and attendance to weight watcher’s meetings fall, we will be with you replacing old habits with new ones. Why does mindfulness matter? Because taking care of your mental and spiritual state is as important as your physical one. They go hand in hand. As do sleep and stress. But let’s stick with mindfulness today, because its Monday.

Learn Calmness: Mindfulness practices and principles serve as a reliable path to a state of calmness. Taking time-outs or “sacred pauses” throughout the day enables us to moderate the level of stress we are experiencing. It also gives us a pause to acknowledge what we are doing and why?

Learn Compassion: Yes, this is the season to give gifts and coin to bell ringers. However, we believe compassion starts with you, as in compassion for yourself. I feel safe saying that all our coaches have discovered that our member’s fiercest critic is themselves. It is ok to love and understand yourself.

Learn Clarity: Your wise inner voice (that you share with loved ones) can’t be heard very well if you’re constantly in motion. Remember the last time you gave into an impulse to call someone, fire off an email or say something while you were upset? Unskillful behavior leads to unskillful results. Practicing mindfulness causes a literal shift in the brain and nervous system which then creates space between stimulus and response. We move from habitual, reactionary patterns to skillful responding, and this is where our power lies.

Learn Choice: In this moment, in this very moment, we have the power to choose. You can alter relationships, a way of thinking about yourself, or an unhealthy habit. You can choose to release something that is no longer serving you. And when you learn that you have choice, you feel power and freedom swell within you.

This seems like a lot of holistic, outer space, mindful something mumbo jumbo. But you are an emulsion of mind and body, it doesn’t separate like oil and water. If you want to make any changes you must consider and respect both. Your team of MyHealthStyle coaches await to guide you.

Health and Wellness Coaching Actually Does Work!

Health and Wellness Coaching Actually Does Work!

Americans are sicker than ever before. Nearly 1 – 10 have diabetes, heart disease is the number one killer and over a third of the population is obese. It is also well established that many forms of cancer are directly related to obesity. Over $1,400 annually in additional health care costs comes out of our pockets as a result of this crisis. 

Conventional wisdom for the past quarter century has been “eat less, move more” but at the same time we have seen obesity explode as the number one health problem in America and now globally. In the 1950’s obesity was relatively non-existent and since then just about every restrictive diet has been created and purchased by consumers. Even trackable wearables are the new rage. However, it is just not working!

What does work?  Simply, peer support! Everyday accountability. Tale a look at our empirical evidence chart below and the new article and study from the Mayo Clinic.


Now come check us out and how we can help you!


Coaches View: Artificial Sweeteners

Coaches View: Artificial Sweeteners

Why I avoid artificial sweeteners…

Definition of Artificial:

  1. Made by human skill; produced by humans (opposed to natural).
  2. Imitation; simulated; sham.
  3. Made without regard to the particular needs of a situation, person, etc.; imposed arbitrarily; unnatural.

So what makes an artificial sweetener bad?  Well, first off, it’s artificial (see definitions above).

When I’m thirsty or hungry, I don’t want anything that is characterized by any of the above definitions to be on my plate or in my glass.  But so many people are ingesting artificial sweeteners every day and not thinking twice about it.

A natural sweetener will naturally be found in a whole food like dates, coconut, whole fruit, sweet potato, and summer squash.  Honey, maple syrup, molasses, cinnamon, and dried Stevia leaves are also a natural sweetener (this will look green and not white).

Artificial sweeteners do nothing for my body.  They definitely don’t assist in weight loss. All they do is trick my brain into thinking it had something sweet, so then I end up craving more sweet, an even sweeter sweet.  And the cycle goes on and on.

If we would eat what is good for us we would be satisfied and not crave more of what is bad. A healthy balance is needed in all we do.  Our bodies know what they need to be healthy and if we listen we will begin to hear what it craves most.  Feed the sweet tooth with natural sweets and you will begin to notice a lessening of the need to feed on the “imitation, simulation, sham” that is an artificial sweetener.


“…eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.”  Proverbs 24:13 NLT


Coach Trecy

Christian Holistic Health Coach

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