HeartMatters program philosophy

caring for your physical & emotional heart

self discovery

The HeartMatters program will lead you to discover ways you can shift your life choices to create subtle, pleasant, and effective change, with the ultimate goal of enjoying radiant health and well-being. My holistic approach pays close attention to the connection between your body, mind, and spirit while incorporating science-based behavior change principles. How you feel about yourself, what you eat, how you think, your familiar self-talk patterns, your attitude toward stress and chaos, and how you play all contribute to your health.

challenges revealed, opportunities supported

These choices, whether conscious or not, can also reveal challenges that might impede your success in living a healthy life. My coaching style allows a safe, guided, compassionately supported opportunity to explore personal change and work through your unique challenges. I deeply believes that we all have the capacity to change, and I have designed this program to help you do just that.

initial session

comprehensive assessment

I will start with a gentle exploration of your health to include the status of your nutrition choices, physical activity routine, occupation, stress levels and responses, coping mechanisms, support systems, free time and relaxation activities, and any previous efforts you have made toward enhancing your health. In addition, I may suggest optional blood tests that would be ordered in collaboration with your primary care physician. These tests could include a chemistry panel, a lipid panel, and a C-reactive protein level. After a thorough review of the data, I will the assess your behavior change readiness and begin to customize your health management program.

health vision identified

If we are able to meet for an in-person first session, this could include optional, additional assessments of your aerobic fitness, body mass index, blood pressure, lung capacity and post meal glucose level. Incorporating those results into my full assessment, we will then discuss the assessment, identify your change opportunities,  from which I will help you create your personal Health Vision. I will guide you to set realistic, measurable goals that will support your success. You will start with two or three long term, three-month goals—built from your Health Vision—then create the small-step daily and weekly goals that will lead you towards successful attainment of your long-term goals. I will counsel you in the components of safe and effective exercise, teach you key nutrition concepts and introduce you to the very pleasant and integral concept of quieting your busy brain that results in a healthful relaxation response. The dynamic process of behavior change becomes a reality when a client begins to identify his health vision, from which we will create realistic small-step daily and weekly goals that allow for ongoing success and forward movement. Optimal health and life management is a long term commitment that is within reach–I believe that my expertise will provide the right direction.

continual interaction

weekly sessions

During weekly in-person or online Skype sessions, I will review your progress towards the last week’s goals, reinforcing your successes and supporting you in finding solutions for what you may have found challenging. Goals will be reviewed, and modified if necessary, for the following week. As each smaller goal becomes an accomplished, consistent behavior, you will gain confidence, satisfaction, and a sense of forward movement that will lead you to further successes. I will provide ongoing education as needed regarding nutrition, exercise, and your success with the relaxation response.

unlimited e-mail contact

Your optimal health management program privileges include unlimited email access for guidance and support.

ongoing tracking systems

You will have the option of using tracking systems for behavior change that could include your food choices, exercise routine, and relaxation practices. I will assess your progress several times each week.

additional monthly sessions can be added…

To enhance your personal connection, and allow for deeper support of your goal attainment, successes, and healthful behaviors, I will be available to meet with you for an out-of the-office session(s). These sessions are designed to support you as you move forward, and may incorporate food shopping trips, cooking tips, deeper quieting and meditation practice, exercise participation, journal review, and discussion of any topic that will support your progress. Additional sessions can be discussed throughout the course of your behavior change program and are provided for a very reasonable supplemental fee.

other tools and/or services

I will work with you to frequently assess your emotional health, happiness, productivity at home and at work, support systems, general lifestyle, fitness, nutrition choices (fast or slow foods, snacks, shopping, cooking, free time food preparation, accommodating work and travel), and relaxation practice.  Please see the HeartMatters service page for more information.

"The Holiday Survival Cooking and Eating Class exceeded my expectations. It was so enjoyable to learn new ideas for healthy snacks and meals, taste the delicious treats we created and leave with an inspired hope that this will be my healthiest holiday season yet! I am impressed with the knowledge and care that Robin (and Wendy from In the Kitchen) both possess and I look forward to taking more classes in the future. Thanks again!"  --Rose M.   “What a wonderful, yummy class! Not only did we participate in creating several easy-to-make, delicious, nourishing dishes for the holidays and every day, we also learned strategies for surviving and enjoying the upcoming holiday season. Both Robin & Wendy were delightful and imparted their cooking and eating knowledge with love, humor, and enthusiasm. I highly recommend their classes to anyone who is interested in developing a better way to look at food, using thoughtfulness with mindfulness to learn some very valuable strategies for eating any time of the year!” --CAM   “I found the class delightful with great ideas for the holidays. In the Kitchen is a warm and welcoming place and you and Wendy were great teaching collaborators. Good new recipes. I appreciate your healthy eating information. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to enjoy the holidays without stressing over food. Actually, the information isn’t just for the holidays. I want to stay healthy all year and eat well.” --Pat B.   "I’ve participated in several classes at In the Kitchen, enjoyed them all immensely, but it is always a special treat when Wendy teaches a class. The recipes offered in The Holiday Survival class were easy to make and so delicious. And what a plus to have Robin co-teach the The Holiday Survival class with Wendy. Thank you, Robin, for all your great information on healthy eating, which was delivered so professionally, dovetailing beautifully into Wendy’s presentation. Hope you two team up again for more classes of scrumptious, healthy recipes. What a fun evening!!" --Carol B. _______________ I love this positive feedback! How gratifying it is to touch the lives of others in a meaningful way…and to be able to do so around a topic that is so dear to me, is just the icing on the cake (right—pun intended!). Wendy Van Wagner and I will continue to offer seasonal cooking classes in addition to the occasional specialty class…stay tuned!
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