Hi there... My name is Roslyn Francois. I am a solo entrepreneur, Owner of "Eat * Love * Live Well". I am a Personal Health and Wellness Coach. While "Eat * Love * Live Well" is a new company currently in its start-up phase, I have been involved in the health promotion industry for nearly 5 years.
Panelist - Global Women's Summit 2014, Los Angeles, CA
I have a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration. I have been in health care for over 25 years. I am currently employed by HTS, Inc. as a Transition Planner helping hospitals across the country open newly constructed facilities.
While I am proud of my academic achievements, I am a Social Entrepreneur at heart. My grassroots efforts in health promotion stem from a deep sense of mission and purpose. I am a Certified WELCOA Faculty member, a Professional Health Coach and I am currently pursuing a diploma in Nutrition Science.
I enrolled in my first Weight Loss Challenge (WLC) while employed at UCLA Medical Center. I was shocked at how much I didn’t know about good nutrition. What was even more alarming was that I didn’t know that I didn’t know. And when I heard the statistics on obesity in my community, I was outraged! Jim Rohn, my favorite business philosopher says that there are emotions that can simply turn your life around. For me, that emotion was righteous anger. Heeding the words of President Obama, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”, I educated myself and began taking the message of good nutrition and healthy eating “to the streets”. I am on a mission to help change the shape of America – one person at a time, one pound at a time, one community at a time.
The Baldwin Hills Wellness Challenge is a twelve-week class that focuses on nutrition education and encouraging participants to eat healthy. The Challenge embraces the following WELCOA benchmarks:
1. Creating a Supportive Environment. The Challenge has become a great way to support community members who want to lose weight and move toward a healthier lifestyle. In a fun and supportive environment, participants meet weekly to discuss healthy eating, share their victories and gain support for dealing with their challenges in choosing to eat healthy. Participants receive on-going coaching and accountability for 12 weeks.
Enrollment fees are pooled for cash prizes and participants compete, based on percent of body weight lost. In addition, all participants receive a Certificate of Completion. Local businesses also donate prizes, like Day Spa passes, gym passes and free healthy smoothies. Participants tend to want to take advantages of these bonuses as a group activity, evidence that the program also meets a social need.
2. Collecting Data to Drive Health Efforts. Features of the program include:
3. Capturing Senior Leadership Support.
I believe that conversations about health promotion will evolve beyond “the scale” to a dialogue of well-being, wholeness and mindfulness. We are multi-dimensional beings, yet for the most part, our approach to health promotion has been one dimensional – the body. I feel it is important that we start addressing all parts of a person – mind, body and spirit.
In my own business I have partnered with the Global Authenticity Movement to help my clients do just that, move towards self-actualization. Nutrition education coupled with the tools of authenticity will help people discover for themselves that they have control over their lives and that they have choice.
I believe this shift in perspective is the greatest opportunity the health promotion industry will see in the next 5 years. I believe it is fundamental to bringing about systemic change not only to the health and health system of our country, but also to what we eat and how we manufacture our food.