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Wendy Ramseys Lean and Green plan is making a difference in peoples lives


Creating optimal health is something that Wendy Ramsey takes to heart.

Ramsey, who resides in Grinnell, is owner of Lean and Green, Inc., a business focused on helping people live healthier lives.

I help people change the way they are seeing themselves and the influences around them, Ramsey said.

Sometimes that means separating themselves away from unhealthy environmental factors, she went on to say.

Wendy Ramsey of Grinnell, owner of Lean and Green, Inc., shows off a healthy meal of salmon, cooked spinach and salad she prepared recently. Ramsey is a certified health coach who helps people improve their lives through healthy eating and behavioral changes. Wendys husband, Jim, is seated in back ready for the evening meal.

Ramsey, 48, has been promoting the healthy lifestyle since she was a teenager.

It all started at age 13, when she was recruited to fill in at a ladies fitness class at the YWCA in her hometown of Cortland, N.Y.

After that, I just started teaching fitness and have always done that on the side, Ramsey said.

Following high school graduation in 1983, Ramsey attended Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., where she studied biology. She then enrolled at Duke University in Durham, N.C., to study environmental management.

It was at Duke that she met her husband, Jim, of Grinnell, who was also studying environmental management at the school.

After completing their masters degrees in 1991, the couple moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where she worked in the science policy department at National Laboratories, a position she held for six years.

The couple returned to Jims hometown of Grinnell in 1998, to raise their two daughters, Samantha, a senior at Grinnell High School, and Leah, an eighth grader at Grinnell. Jim works at the family business, Ramsey-Weeks, Inc. Ramsey holds a certified personal trainer certificate, which gives her the ability to work one-on-one with her clients.

While working with clients, Ramsey discovered that the road to a healthy and fit lifestyle for some included dealing with behavioral issues.

So, I started researching about motivation and how people change their behaviors, she said.

She said sometimes people get stuck in a rut or hit a plateau when losing weight.

The biggest problem, she found, is that people dont leave old habits, they just go through the motions and force themselves to diet.

That is why 85 percent of diets dont work, Ramsey said.

She said it takes the right skills, right actions and right concepts to be successful at losing weight.

People get derailed because they are missing something in one or more of these areas, she said.

Take Shape for Life

In December 2011, Ramsey was introduced to the Take Shape for Life system by Kerry Juhl, former executive director of the Wellness Council of Iowa.

Im in love with it, Ramsey explained. As a coach, I help people stay on track (with this plan).

The Take Shape for Life system is all on-line and is backed by physicians, nurses, dietitians and behavioral specialists.

The system incorporates Medifast Meals, which are individually portioned, calorie and carbohydrate controlled, and low-fat. Every meal provides adequate protein and is fortified with vitamins and minerals.

The program, which is referred to as the 5&1 Plan, includes the following:

You eat six meals a day, so you wont feel hungry. You lose weight fast up to two to five pounds a week, on average. With a variety package, you pay about $11 per day less than the $16 per day that the average American spends on food. Your Medifast Meals go with you anywhere, so the 5&1 Plan fits in with even the busiest lifestyles.

Once the weight comes off, the program outlines a meal plan to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Throughout the process, Ramsey is right there coaching her clients, helping them learn healthy habits, no matter what is going on around them. She also helps them when they fall off track or need some encouragement during a rough spot.

Its a relationship and a partnership, Ramsey said of her coaching and the Take Shape for Life system.

Ramseys coaching services are provided as part of the Take Shape for Life system. Clients are required to purchase their own food.

When asked, Ramsey said she keeps in-touch with her clients through a variety of means from texting, Facebook messages, phone calls, e-mails and face-to-face conversations.

Im not a weight loss coach, she said. Im a optimal health coach. I have confidence (that I can make a difference) because I know what I am doing.

To learn more about the Take Shape for Life system and how Ramsey can help, visit her Web site at:


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    Why Is A Healthy Lifestyle Important In School? I need some ideas about Why a healthy lifestyle is important in school. I have to have an answer in less than 1000 words. Applying for college scholarship. Thanks in advance!

      • HealthNut
      • February 20, 2013

      You need a healthy lifestyle in school to concentrate on your studies. You need to be able to focus for one thing. You also need to plenty of rest, and a good diet.

  2. Reply

    How The Computer Is Supporting Us In Our Healthy Lifestyle? How do computer helps people in their healthy lifestyle? How can The computer help people? Is it from websites? advertisements? I need it really badly. How can the computer is supporting to improve our healthy lifestyle. in what ways? How can computer promote the quality of healthy lifestyle. How can computer convince people to stop unnecessary things like drugs or alcohol? How can computer HELP us?
    AT least 6-8 points would do. thank you.

      • HealthNut
      • February 20, 2013

      The computer is not a healthy lifestyle for people. It programs us to thinking we can find everything on here. Jobs, pay bills, shop, everything! We can do that ourselves and it seems technology is taking the chores away from us, that can be easily done by human themself. The computer can help us though when we need to find information, imformation fast. Websites help us retain information, advertisements are just like commericals there just trying to sell or maniupulate us to buy whatever their advertising. The computer is not improving our healthy lifestyle. Peoples eyes can go out of sight and hurt very badly(like mine and i’m only 15 years old.) from years and years staring at the computer. The worst thing to stare at is a computer screen — I don’t know why I still do it for hours at end, but I do. The computer will never promote the quality of healthy lifestyle, its just not possible. The computer can convince people to stop drugs and alcohol but if you think about it would you rather have an obsession over the computer for hours at the day, you have to be near the computer you have to be on it then doing drugs or alcohol? The computer is just as bad addiction as alcohol and drugs. The computer cannot HELP us other then give us fast information when we need it. The computer although has so much information and so many untrusted sites you never know if what your reading is a lie. And I hope I get 10 points because I just wasted my time answering this long question, I hope you weren’t just asking this for the heck of this — I hope it was for some essay lol.

      Take care bye

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    What Can Anyone Do To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle? What can institutions such as schools do and what can individuals do?
    What can the government put in place?
    What is the reason for the fact not a lot of people care about having a healthy lifestyle anymore?

      • HealthNut
      • February 20, 2013

      Schools can replace all or most of the canteen food with healthy options so they could replace chicken burger with tuna salad for example. Individuals can aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. The government can put a higher price up on junk food, therefore tempting more people to buy healthy food as it would become cheaper than it is now.

      The reason why people don’t care about a healthy lifestyle, is that junk food like burger and chips is quick and a convenience, as healthy meals takes time to prepare. Same with exercise maybe being time consuming and they have a busy schedule to be able to fit it all in.

    • Alice
    • February 20, 2013

    How Do You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle? Please comment on your suggestions to maintain a healthy lifestyle, add any concerns or issues you have concerning you’re healt, and i’ll be happy to educate you further.

      • HealthNut
      • February 20, 2013

      I eat healthy – vegetables, fruit, lots of water, minimal sugar consumption, etc.
      I don’t smoke.
      I don’t drink in excess.
      I don’t do drugs.
      I exercise at least twice a week.
      I try to get enough sleep every night (minimum of 7 hours).

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    How Do You Stay Commited To Your Healthy Lifestyle? I’m trying have a healthy lifestyle and lose weight but i’m finding it hard to commit.

      • HealthNut
      • February 20, 2013

      Are you sure you want to lose weight? If this a true desire, give it two weeks, and then asses how you feel. If you are eating healthy and exercises you will feel the difference, then if you go back to living unhealthfully you will be able to tell the change in how you feel, then you should be able to make an easy desicion.

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