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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Chicago Wellness Magazine

Did you know that Chicago has it’s own wellness magazine entitled, appropriately, Chicago Wellness Magazine? Tooling around the Internet, I found the magazine’s website and was intrigued by their offerings.

The latest issue of Chicago Wellness magazine has these stories in store for you:
• Find your Fit by JJ Rusch
• Mind Body Connection by Andrea Metcalf
• Try Reducing Pain the Natural Way
• Vitamin Jay by Jayson Kroner, Have Pills, Will Travel
• On the Shelves New Product Reviews
• Reader Discounts New Offer Round Up
• Grill Wisely Tips for a Safe and Great Grilling Season
• Fiber and Your Colon (The Scoop on Poop)
• The Price of Gas
• Soy what? I’ll Tofu!

In reading through the biography of it’s publisher, I was impressed how her story mirrors that of so many Chicagoans moving from an unhealthy lifestyle to an advocate of wellness. From the Chicago Wellness Magazine website, here is publisher Joanne Rusch’s wellness story:

On April 1, 2000 Joanne Rusch tipped the scale at 217 when she gave birth to her first and only child at the age of forty.

Six months later struggling to lose the last 25 pounds of maternity weight she had gained, Joanne was cast as a member of Good Morning America’s first Lock the Door Lose the Weight series, which aired in November of 2000. By the fall of 2001, she had lost that last 25 and more. The experience set forth into motion a series of life altering changes both personally and professionally.

Plagued by weight problems all her life, beginning with a “chubby childhood”, Joanne was passionate about sharing her newfound insights for weight control. She spent the next year writing and developing an inspirational website Scaleitdown.com. Her website and first reduced calorie cookbook, the “Sweets Edition” both debuted in November of 2002. Cookbook editions for: Appetizers, Breads & Soups, Casseroles and Salads followed.

Convinced the missing link to achieving healthier lifestyles fell somewhere between real life application and the barrage of helpful (and not so helpful) information we receive daily, Joanne began devoting herself to inspiring others to seek out personal plans to work in tandem with their own unique lifestyles, tastes and schedule demands and began working with small groups and individuals.

Offered her own column in Chicago Wellness Magazine (CWM) in July of 2004, Joanne spent the next year and a half as an editor and columnist penning her column under, “Find your Fit”, which quickly became her working motto.

At the NBC affiliate in Chicago, Joanne further honed her media skills as a recurring guest of fitness reporter, Michael Sena, where she shared reduced calorie recipes and dishes on his morning news segments. In January of 2006, she was offered a returning monthly guest spot to do healthy based consumer food segments, for which she was soon dubbed the “Food Cop”, by NBC5 morning anchor, Dick Johnson.


Food Cop at the Food Show—on location with NBC5 Morning Anchor, Dick Johnson reviewing new products. (Food Cop segments can be viewed by clicking the NBC logo at chicagowellnessmagazine.com.)

Joanne became the succeeding publisher of CWM in mid-2006 and redirected the publication’s focus to a consumer based feel. Educational and inspirational information and ideas on all things which affect our desires and efforts to achieve and live well-balanced lifestyles is the working theme of CWM today.

Want to subscribe to the magazine? It’s free! Click here to subscribe.

Note: Neither I, nor Working Well Massage has any affiliation with Chicago Wellness Magazine or  Joanne Rusch. I just wanted to share yet another source of wellness info with my Chicago based readers!

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