Bio

Great to meet you and thanks for taking time to learn about me. So I’ve had the writing bug in me ever since I was a kid, as I was born a bookworm and word lover (Boggle has always been my favorite game!). Now that I’m all grown up, I write about fitness, health, nutrition, travel and pets for numerous leading national  print (and online) publications.

Magazines aren’t my only focus, though. In 2012, St. Martin’s published my first book, Understanding Your Food Allergies and Intolerances, which I co-authored with two Harvard physicians. My second book, Anti-Aging Hacks, was recently published by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Order it now!

A few more interesting tidbits:
  • For eight years each, I was a contributing editor for Woman’s Day and fitness columnist for Allure. Regular gigs now include handling pet content for Better Homes & Gardens and a spot on the masthead of VegNews as a digital writer.
  • My work — a feature in Dr. Oz the Good Life and another in Prevention – has won two prestigious Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence Awards from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  • My career-related travels have allowed me to do some pretty cool things like … complete two 10Ks on the same day on two different continents (Australia and North America – thanks, Nike!), tandem paraglide off the top of Rendezvous Mountain in Jackson Hole, harvest grapes at a vineyard in Italy, swim with penguins and sea lions in the wild in the Galapagos, hike into Machu Picchu, do yoga on the world’s largest observation wheel in Las Vegas, drive a real race car solo on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and cruise to places like Russia, Estonia, Norway, Portugal, Alaska, and the Danube and Rhine Rivers.
  • I’ve been a panelist, speaker, even a judge for various organizations and events, including the Public Relations Society of America; American Spa Magazine’s Women in Wellness Awards; the National Publicity Summit; talk shows like United Intentions’ Good Intentions show, Just Ask David radio show, Jonathan Bailor’s SANE Show, and Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy; Delicious Living Magazine’s webinars; and the Global Wellness Summit. And on January 23, 2019,  I was honored to be a guest on Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan podcast. I’m still beyond-the-moon excited to have spoken on this anti-aging themed podcast with Chef Mark Reinfeld of Vegan Fusion! Find the replay online.
But do I really practice what I, er, write? Absolutely.

I crave physical activity as much as I do chocolate (Endangered Species, to be exact – love that it has Hoosier roots, too!). My favorite activity? Anything that involves snow (and the more snow, the better!), especially cross country skiing, which may explain why I’m hooked on Nordic walking. It’s based on Nordic skiing, sans the snow, so I can do it year-round. I’ve won numerous Nordic walking championships and at one time, even held six world records and was ranked #1 woman in the world. Several of my records still hold.

Exercise is only part of the equation, though, and diet is equally, if not more, important. That’s why I follow a plant-only diet (I’m certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University) and vegan lifestyle. In fact, I helped organize and run the first Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest in 2018 and am currently a vegan mentor with PETA and Jewish Veg (confession: Although I’m not Jewish, I’m well versed in plants!). I’m also a #MeatlessMonday ambassador and member of the #SwitchforGood coalition, a group of athletes working to encourage people to ditch dairy for a healthier life. During its 2019 #PlantMilkChallenge, I was honored to be a mentor.

By the way, I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and literature from Miami University in Ohio (the real Miami, mind you) and a master’s degree in literature from Indiana University. I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers and hold certifications from the American Council on Exercise as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, both of which I’ve used to train clients and teach everything from step to Spinning.

Just one more thing at the request of my “staff” who begged me to add this:  I share an office (where I use a standing desk over 90% of the time – seriously!) with Toby, a Maine Coon rescue, and a sassy but sweet golden retriever named Jessie. I was hoping Jessie would have a future as a therapy dog like my first golden Katie, but she’s proving to be forever young at heart. I also volunteer at the Allen County SPCA (note to fitness-minded animal lovers: volunteering as a dog walker is a fantastic way to rack up steps) and am a fervent animal rights advocate. Quoting George Bernard Shaw, “Animals are my friends … and I don’t eat my friends.”