Friday, August 06, 2010

The New You Program – It’s all about changing people’s perspective on health and fitness!

Personal Trainer Verna Chan, of The Garage Private Personal Training Studio in Gibsons, Naturopathic Physician Jane Gartshore and Carole Carlton of Carole Cares Mobile Massage, are teaming up to offer a program unique on the Sunshine Coast starting this September.

The New You Fitness & Lifestyle Challenge combines a 6-week program of fitness (including personal training, fitness classes and yoga) with nutritional counselling and massage to help clients ease back into a fitness program while gradually changing their diet in a healthy manner with one-on-one nutritional counselling sessions and classes.

Chan says the fitness portion of the program will be geared to all fitness levels and incorporate a variety of activities aimed at starting participants off with a good overall program but also working toward finding something each participant will adopt as routine long after the program is over. “My goal is to help each person foster healthy fitness habits that will become a natural part of their lives—and, to me, that means working with them individually to help them find things they really like to do—whether that’s re-starting a sport, getting into running, biking, weight training at the gym, swimming, skiing, skating or playing Frisbee with the kids!”

Dr. Jane Gartshore, of Unbounded Naturopathic Clinic in Gibsons, will further help participants with this Lifestyle Change by helping them with nutritional guidance through the whole program. Participants will attend a nutrition class to help them determine their individual dietary requirements and advice on such things as how to eat to maximize the benefits of their workouts.

Participants will be asked to keep a diet and exercise log for the first couple of weeks of the program and will have an opportunity to go over their logs privately with Dr. Gartshore to discuss any challenges they might be facing. In the last week of the program, participants will again meet with Dr. Gartshore to discuss their goals and progress and ways they can continue their new healthy eating habits.

Rounding out this program, Carole Carleton, of Carole Cares Mobile Massage, will be offering a little soothing relief to participants with massages in the first and last weeks of the program. The program will also conclude with a group dinner at Chaster House Restaurant where draw prizes will be awarded. Additionally, the participant showing the best overall progress will be awarded a package including additional Personal Training Sessions at The Garage, a hair makeover from Hair We Are in Gibsons, a photo shoot with Christina Symons, a reiki treatment with Dr. Gartshore, and more.

The first New You Fitness & Lifestyle Challenge is set to start September 7th with a maximum of 6 participants. To find out how to register for this exciting program, please call Verna Chan at 604-886-3114 or email