Vail Valley Bizwatch: Meg Hartley, lifestyle change’ specialist
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: T.L.C.
Location: I come to your home or place of choice.
Date opened: July 1, 2010.
Owner: Meg Hartley PA-C, CDE, lifestyle educator.
Contact info: Call 970-376-4185 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What goods or services do you provide? I have a 12-week therapeutic lifestyle change program where I work one-on-one with a client to help them incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives to improve their health. Therapeutic lifestyle changes are the first line of treatment recommend by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health when a person first presents with a chronic medical problem. In today’s medical climate medical providers don’t have the time to do this. This program works great for type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and many other chronic medical problems.
The main tenets of the program are a low-glycemic Mediterranean diet, exercise or gentle movement therapy, stress reduction and supplementation.
These are used together to improve one’s body composition – the ratio of fat and muscle on one’s body. This is measured using a machine which shows your percent body fat, how much of that is behind your abdominal wall, and what percent muscle you are. This is a great way to follow weight loss as when you gain muscle and loose fat – the scale doesn’t always change.
What’s new or exciting at your place? I just became a Certified Diabetic Educator and will be giving classes in Gypsum for their “Biggest Loser” contest that starts next week.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Right now I don’t think there is another business like this in the area.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? “The customer is king.” Each person is a unique individual with unique needs. I tailor their program to their personality, their schedule, and their needs.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience:
I have been a physician’s assistant in primary care for 30 years – 20 in this area. I became a lifestyle educator in order to truly impact chronic disease. Prescribing medications and telling people to loose weight or stop drinking soda as they left wasn’t working. The majority of chronic diseases are due to poor lifestyle, not genetics. Most people don’t know what it means and why it is important to eat the right foods, why we need to exercise, or how to deal with their stress effectively.
Since diabetes is such a prevalent problem I also became a certified diabetic educator.