By Rhonda Dallas, Contributing Writer
As a healthcare administrator, certified health coach, and a nutritional counselor, it is obvious that I have a passion for health. This passion came when I was growing up in Chicago, Ill. My grandmother was a healthcare professional, and I spent a great deal of time with her on a daily basis before and after school. This allowed us to have time to chat, and our conversations would always be centered on health. We would talk about the skeletal system and even diseases. Since the age of 8, I have had memorized the entire skeletal system. My grandmother was a major influence in my decision to enter the healthcare profession.
I was always aware that I was going to become an integral force in healthcare, and especially health when it comes to African-Americans. You see, we are wired differently in several aspects of the human body. There are diseases that only affect us, and it can be a mystery why they only affect us. God gave me a passion and work to do in our community in the area of health. I tried for many years to do other things that were not in the health arena, and God just would not let me be at peace until I was where He wanted me to be. Whether it be informing someone of test results, crying with my clients after a loved one is diagnosed with a terminally ill disease, or just out in the community hosting health fairs and other events, I’m proud to be in the healthcare industry.
Currently, I am working with d-mars.com, the YMCA, Cy-Fair School District, and Cy-Fair hospitals to make sure we as a community are bringing health-related matters to the forefront and educating our community. I am also working with my nonprofit Reaching to Empower Women Daily (R2EWD) on grants that will help me bring even more awareness to combat obesity in families and children in our area.
According to The Obesity Society, In the past 30 years, the occurrence of overweight in children has tripled, and it is now estimated that one in five children in the US is overweight (17%). This saddens me, and it should sadden you as well. We must begin in our home by making healthy food choices for ourselves first and then for our children and family. “More is caught than taught,” as the saying goes. We must invest in our health by making sure that we as well as our children and family are eating properly and taking vitamins. I can remember lining up by the refrigerator every morning to take cod liver oil before heading out to school. I tell you one thing; I rarely got sick in a city where the winter temperatures were freezing. We have more knowledge at our fingertips with search engines, but are we really doing better since we know better?
I am here for you, your family, and the community. As a certified health coach, I am available to offer guidance and support on the road to a healthier you. I am proud to be a health professional.
Rhonda Dallas is a certified life coach and nutritional counselor. Rhonda offers Healthy Lifestyle Living Classes for adults and children, as well as vitamins and natural holistic weight loss packages that include coaching sessions to ensure you are held accountable. Contact Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org for your coaching session. Get started today!