Health & Exercise


Every January, millions of people make resolutions or goals for the new year. What goals do you have for 2019? If you said to get healthy, you’re not alone. The top New Year’s resolutions people make are to lose weight, eat healthier, and improve their life.

“Resolutions or goals are a great way to make start the year off on the right foot. Unfortunately, 80% of resolutions fail by February,” says certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator, Heather Dahman of the Veg Academy and founder of the Fort Wayne Vegans & Vegetarians Group and the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest. “That’s why we’ve created the HealthyStart Classes. Our classes will provide expert guidance, tools, and resources to help you keep your New Year’s resolution to get healthy and improve your life.”

Through the HealthyStart course, Heather will show you how you can lose weight, lower your LDL cholesterol and risk of heart disease, prevent or reverse diabetes, reduce your risk of chronic disease including certain cancers, and increase energy just by changing the way you eat.

Through the 6 HealthyStart classes, attendees will learn how to:

  • lower cholesterol and triglycerides to improve heart health
  • lose weight without exercise or feeling deprived
  • increase energy
  • cook and eat delicious & nutritious plant-based meals
  • slow the aging process
  • transform their health & life

Attendees will get the tools and resources they need to look and feel their absolute best including a list of foods to eat & avoid, a 3-day meal plan with shopping list, and easy kitchen cleanse.

The HealthyStart classes will be held at the Atrium in downtown Fort Wayne. Classes are held once a month through June with the first class starting on January 24.

Class 1: Thursday, Jan 24, 6-7pm.
Plant-Based 101: Learn how a plant-based diet can help prevent, manage, and even reverse some chronic conditions and how to implement this way of eating for you and your family

Class 2: Thursday, Feb 28, 6-7pm
More than Salads: Eating healthy doesn’t mean living on salads. Learn what foods to eat and which to avoid on a plant-based diet. We’ll discuss macronutrients — protein, carbs, fat, & fiber and where to get them in a plant-based diet. You’ll also receive a meal plan with shopping list & recipes.

Class 3: Thursday, March 21, 6-7pm
Micronutrients — Vitamins, Minerals, & Essential Amino Acids: Can you get enough vitamins & minerals on a plant-based diet? Learn which you can get from foods and what supplements are recommended.

Class 4: Thursday, April 18, 6-7pm
Slow the aging process: Learn what to do and what to eat to slow the aging process to look and feel younger naturally.

Class 5: Thursday, May 16, 6-7pm
Cooking Demo: Now that we’ve learned the benefits of a plant-based diet, we’ll show you how to create healthy plant-based meals your whole family will love.

Class 6: Thursday, June 20, 6-7pm
Being vegan in a nonvegan world: We’ll explore how to get along as a vegan in a nonvegan world regarding your family, dating, job, dining out, traveling, holidays, etc.

Classes are only $20 each and you can save $20 by signing up for the entire 6-class course.

Whether you want to get healthier, lose weight, protect the environment, or reduce the suffering of animals, the HealthyStart course is the best place to start for expert guidance and practical tips through the first 6 months of the year along with easy action steps at the end of each class to help you succeed long-term. Each attendee will also receive one free 1/2 hour consultation to discuss your personal goals.

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