I met Ellen Grant PhD at a Buffalo women’s function last summer. Her story is great, her information valuable. I think of how brave one has to be to become an entrepreneur like
Ellen. Hope you enjoy this guest post as much as I did. (Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of the system but a way to hear and encourage a fellow woman entrepreneur!)
My parents came to Buffalo from South Carolina during the migration of Blacks who fled the South for a better existence. This story is well chronicled in the book by Isabel Wilkerson, “The Warmth of Other Suns”. After living initially with my grandparents on Buffalo’s east side, we moved to the Langfield Projects. Dad worked at Bethlehem Steel & Mom was a homemaker to us six children. By the way, for reasons they never
could explain other than their love for children-my parents had a boy, two girls and then waited a good ten yrs before they had again a boy and two girls.
As the oldest girl in the family, I helped care for all of my siblings, taking care of their cuts and scrapes and looking after their needs as best I could in helping Mom. I had also been pretty athletic, winning
the races at track meets in the 50 yard dash & broad jump. I still have my medals for these events in
my jewelry box.
Though I had always jogged, I ran my first race in 1992 in honor of my Mother’s passing that year. The race was sponsored by the Operating Room Nurses and though the long sleeved tee is a bit worn, it will hold special
memories for me always.
Because my parents relished the southern dishes—fried and mostly carbs, many of our relatives suffered from this way of eating. My grandfather died of a hard attack in his late seventies. He smoked a pipe daily
and was overweight. My mother and father were both smokers. My Mother died at age 62 from lung cancer. My dad also smoked, but I believe forgot he was a smoker as he aged in a nursing home with some
elements of dementia.
I decided early on that I would take better care of my health. At 21 I became a vegetarian. This was a shock to my family as it was not common in those days. When I married and became pregnant with our son, my mother literally begged me to “give that baby a pork chop or he’ll not survive in there.” Though my son was born premature at 4 lbs 16oz, today, he’s very healthy at 6 foot 3 with a footballer’s build.
Even before my vegetarian days, I started my health career as a Candy Striper—at the then EJ Meyer Memorial Medical Center. As I moved through my career in health, academia and the voluntary sector-now with over 25 yrs in the latter, I knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I was inspired by so many women like Oprah, or those I read about in magazines such as Black Enterprise and Ebony. I thought consulting would be a great way to test the waters.
In 1988 I took the plunge and formed my company, First Advantage Consulting. Behavioral health
and wellness is the business.
Diet and lifestyle choices had made me feel and look good. I wanted to share my message with
others. My faith and my health taught me to take control. Working with a personal trainer, I won a body building contest a few years ago. He introduced me to nutraMetrix. At first skeptical of health supplements, I had to research this on my own.
First I read. Then I tried. And now I help others. From health coaching to electronic medical records, this system is ready made for the health we all want to enjoy. NutraMetrix is promoting wellness one health professional and one person at a time. From targeted health regimes to products encompassing children’s health supplements to prenatal, sports and vision health, every product offered is designed with the integration of wellness, nutrition and weight management in mind.
Their non-profit educational institute, nutraMetrix Educational Institute (nEI), has as its mission“to educate health professionals on the science of nutrition, nutritional interventions and the applications of neutraceuticals in clinical practice. The Institute offers “AMA Category/CME hours to physicians,
CE hours to some allied health professionals and CE hours to RNs.”
If this is your thing, NutraMetrix Elite is the online medical community which allows patients and clients access to doctors and health coaches 24/7. Offerings include patient managed health profiles, electronic medical records storage, interactive patient education, health tracking and an online marketplace.
With Americans living much longer, why wouldn’t we all want to live at the optimal level of health possible? Come join me in learning more about nutraMetrix. I believe you’ll be as energized as I am at spreading the word.
Ellen E. Grant, LCSW-R, PhD, SAP