Browse the Calendar to find upcoming To Your Health nutrition seminars and events. You can also find and overview of the Vibrant Health Education Series talks, and details about the information covered in each seminar below the calendar.
Presented by Kathy Westover, MA, MNT Nationally Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
Oldies but Goodies Series
Healthy aging is not merely surviving; it is thriving!
As a clinical nutritionist, I do much more than just provide food lists and diet plans. I look at a client’s entire environment; a 360 degree view of each person. This is the essence of “Lifestyle Healthcare”.
I have been presenting cutting-edge nutrition information at the Poudre Valley Libraries since 2009. In this year’s series of presentations I will update some of my most popular topics with the newest information to help you become your own best health resource.
This series will provide you with a road map to creating lasting change in your health. By attending these presentations you will be able to create vitality and optimal health for the rest of your life. Hope to see you there!” ~ Kathy Westover, MA, MNT Nationally Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
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The Surpising Secrets to Healthy Weight Management
Medical research has demonstrated that maintaining a healthy weight and body composition is one of the most important factors in optimal health. This presentation will move beyond the “food-in, food-out” theory of weight loss and look at some surprising and effective ways to influence your metabolism and reach your healthy weight.
The human body produces over 100,000 enzymes to help spark every process in the body. Understanding how food and lifestyle habits influence your enzyme production can help you maintain a healthy weight, have healthy brain function and promote a long, vibrant life. Come learn how to get the most out of your body’s “sparkplugs”.
If you are a reader of nutrition and health literature, one of the most confusing and misunderstood topics is body pH, or acid/alkaline balance. We are told to keep the body “alkaline”, but what does this mean? This presentation will take the mystery out of the topic of pH and help you achieve the perfect balance for overall health.
Cholesterol is an essential biochemical that we cannot live without, yet it has been maligned and demonized for the last 60 years. This presentation will reveal the truth about this necessary compound and help you understand the real meaning behind “good” and “bad” cholesterol.
Detoxification: Taking a Shower from the Inside Out
Our modern world provides a plethora of creature comforts that were not available to our ancestors, but along with all the new-fangled bells and whistles comes a “soup” of chemicals and synthetic substances that can have negative affects on our DNA, and ultimately our health. This presentation will show you how to optimize your natural detoxification systems to improve your health and create resiliency to our toxic world.
So what is all of the fuss and media hype over gluten? Is it really as bad as some people claim? Should you go gluten-free even if you don’t seem to be bothered by it? Are all grains bad for us? This presentation will answer these questions and many more about one of our favorite, yet possibly harmful, food ingredients.
Thyroid Health: the “Gas Pedal” for Your Metabolic Engine
Fatigue, poor sleep, and weight gain are three chronic issues that negatively influence your quality of life. The metabolic engine that fuels your energy is the butterfly shaped-organ called the thyroid gland. This presentation will explain how thyroid function can be compromised and provide helpful suggestions to optimize its function and put the “pedal to the metal” as you go through your day.
We all fear the loss of mobility and health from broken or fragile bones as we age. The most important factor in keeping your bones healthy throughout life is nutrition; but just supplementing with calcium is not the answer. Your bones need a variety of nutrients to prevent bone loss as you age. This presentation will show how bones “remodel” themselves and provide the keys to keeping your bones strong and healthy throughout your life.
The Secrets to Balancing Your Blood Sugar and Preventing Diabetes
According to the CDC more than 29 million people have Type 2 Diabetes, yet this metabolic “process” is preventable and reversible with some nutritional and lifestyle changes. This presentation will provide you with the secrets to getting your blood sugar under control and stop the process of Type 2 Diabetes in its tracks.
There is no more feared medical diagnosis than cancer. Despite a massive amount of research and medical intervention, cancer is still a leading cause of death in the U.S. But many cancer experts feel that prevention is the best “cure” for cancer. This presentation will highlight some of the most well researched keys to keeping cancer at bay and promoting a long, healthy life.
The Endocrine System produces more than 100 metabolic hormones, which promote healthy weight, quality sleep, and vibrant energy. This presentation will show how you can directly influence your metabolic hormones by tuning up your daily lifestyle habits and eating the right types of foods.
In 2012 the “baby boomers” made up close to one-quarter of the U.S. population. Approximately two-thirds of all seniors 65 and older have a chronic disease. As seniors, we do not want to “sink slowly into the sunset” from our beds; we want to be out living life to the fullest. This presentation will illustrate how we can keep our brains and our bodies vibrant throughout our lives.
This presentation, entitled “Lifestyle Matters”, will set the stage for the rest of the series by demonstrating that optimal health is more than just one or two factors, but a whole new way of thinking, behaving, and living. Kathy Westover, clinical nutritionist and lifestyle healthcare educator, will provide doable suggestions to encourage change and progress toward a healthier and more vibrant life for you and your family.
Exercise: Do You Need To Do It, What Kind is Best, and What If You Don’t Want To
“Exercise”; the word conjures up fear in some, addictive behaviors in others, and ambivalence in the rest of us. We know we need to do it, but just how much is needed and what health benefits does it provide? This presentation will discuss the “Five W’s of Exercise”: Who should do it, What should be done, When is the best time and how often, Where is the best place, and Why do we need to exercise in the first place? Come learn how an active, movement filled lifestyle is helping you to “live the dream” of perfect health.
One of the most common health issues in today’s busy world is impaired sleep. We all know the utter joy of getting a really good night’s sleep and the misery and aftereffects of a night spent lying awake. In this presentation, Kathy will highlight the many reasons we need to sleep well and provide some ways to get back to the joy sleeping like a baby.
The human body is seventy percent water, eighty-five percent of the body’s water is in the brain, and each and every one of our 10 trillion cells is literally a tiny balloon filled with water. Indisputably, water is the most important nutrient in the body. What happens if we don’t get enough? Can we have too much? And what type of water is the best? Kathy will answer all of these questions and more in this fascinating presentation.
Toxic Exposure: Providing Resiliency to Living in the “Soup”
Our modern world provides a plethora of creature comforts that were not available to our ancestors, but along with all the new-fangled bells and whistles comes a “soup” of chemicals and synthetic substances that can have negative affects on our DNA, and ultimately our health. Toxic exposure has been linked to many chronic health conditions, such as cancer, multiple chemical sensitivities, and autoimmune conditions. We cannot live in a bubble and avoid all of the nasty substances that we are exposed to in our world, but in this presentation Kathy will provide some easy methods to detoxify both your body and your environment to make you more resilient to the “soup” you live in.
The food we eat is the most consistent outside substance to which our body is subjected. Millions of years of evolution have taught our physiology to process whole foods into the energy and biochemicals we need to have a healthy constitution. In the short span of fifty years or so, we have introduced an overload of “toxic substances” into our food supply, which many scientists believe, is one of the main reasons for our declining health. In this presentation, Kathy will highlight what foods and habits may be sabotaging your health and provide tips and suggestions to reinvent your diet.
Oral Health: Your Mouth is the “Window” to Your Health
Did you know that dentists are often the first healthcare practitioners that alert their patients to early signs of heart disease, autoimmunity, eating disorders, and GI tract problems? This is because the tissues, biochemicals, and microorganisms of the mouth help to regulate immune system function, systemic inflammation, and proper digestion and absorption of our food. In this presentation, Kathy will demonstrate how taking care of your mouth can do more than giving you a dazzling smile; it can help you promote vitality and life-long health.
The brain is the boss; without a healthy brain you cannot navigate our complex world, maintain healthy GI tract function, or balance hormone levels, to name just a few of the brain’s many functions. Kathy has spoken on the topic of brain health in prior presentations, but in this talk, she will reveal the lifestyle habits that promote a vibrant, snappy brain and lifestyle habits that promote brain degeneration.
The Next Generation: Helping Our Youth Have a Healthy Lifestyle and Future
The future of our world depends upon the health and vitality of our youth. Optimal lifestyle habits are not just for you; they are for your whole family as well. Kathy will present some suggestions for helping your kids, no matter what their age, develop beneficial lifestyle habits that will help them stay healthy in our changing world.
We have all read accounts of miraculous cures or positive attitudes improving quality of life. Well, believe it or not, the concept of “mind over matter” is not so much hocus-pocus as it is hard science. Kathy will explain how our ability to “think ourselves well” is actually an example of the science of quantum physics. Don’t worry; no need for an advanced degree…just some good existential fun.
Stress: Building Resiliency to the Obstacles of Life
Stress is a part of modern life that is hard to avoid. The truth is that some stress is beneficial and can make us healthier, but chronic, out-of-control stress is one of the underlying factors of all chronic disease. Kathy has a new take on the typical mantra “Learn to reduce your stress”. Kathy’s opinion is that we need to reframe our concept of stress to build resiliency to the obstacles of life. Come learn how to think of stress in a whole new way.
Most people believe that our genetic destiny is spelled out in the DNA that we inherit from our parents. When it comes to hair and eye color, this is true; but for many aspects of health, our genes can be turned on or off by our lifestyle practices. Kathy will explain the concept of “epigenetics” and how a healthy lifestyle will can lead to a long, disease-free life, no matter what your DNA says.
Nutrition Counseling is not intended as a diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or cure for any disease, mental or physical, and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care. Nutrition Counseling does provide nutritional evaluation, balanced diet planning, nutritional supplement suggestions, and lifestyle recommendations for the purpose of enhancing health.