Building bodies and business

The Baltimore Sun

Salary: $45,000

Age: 55

Years on the job: Two

How she got started: : After receiving a degree in addiction counseling, Chaney went to work at Park West Medical Center running a substance abuse program for HIV-positive clients. She later worked in the anti-smoking campaign for the Black Mental Health Alliance in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department. She also taught in a nutrition program for addicts at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

While working as a nutrition consultant with a personal trainer, she received a certificate in personal training and went on to take a part-time job at the Red Brook Health and Wellness Center.

Almost three years ago, she took a full-time job with the League for People with Disabilities as a fitness instructor. While working there, she developed a nutritional program that has led to her own business, Live Life Well.

Certifications: : Chaney is a certified fitness instructor and sports nutrition consultant through the American Aerobic Association International and the International Sports Medicine Association. She also holds an aquatic therapy certification with the Arthritis Foundation and has received additional nutrition training through Lifestyle Management Associates.

Typical day: : Chaney's work is split between fitness training, marketing the League's wellness center and running her own business.

For her work with the League, she focuses on teaching aquatics, fitness and nutrition classes at its wellness center, which is open to disabled and nondisabled people. She also assists with marketing and creating new classes at the wellness center. Recently, she organized and marketed a line dancing class, which was added to a list that includes yoga, self-defense and martial arts.

Her new business venture, Live Life Well, is a nutrition and weight loss program involving seminars and one-on-one counseling. Much of her work focuses on marketing the program. She runs three free weekly seminars, including one at the League.

"We talk about the different types of ways you should be eating and knowing that the way to lose weight is through proper nutrition," said Chaney, who works with a business partner in building the health and wellness business.

About 20 clients have joined her fee-based, four-week nutrition and counseling program. Although she said her clients run the gamut, many are middle-age women who often have at least one other health problem such as hypertension or diabetes.

What she stresses about nutrition: : "We get them to see it is priority. That their life is priority," said Chaney.

The good: : When people transform their lives. "When they get it. A light bulb comes on, and they are feeling better, looking better and acting better."

The bad: : "Seeing people not caring about themselves."

Philosophy: : "To educate those that need the knowledge to reach optimal health," said Chaney, adding that optimal health includes mind, body and spirit.

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