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BFT “Life Changer” – Veronica Williams, NP



Veronica Williams of the Detroit area is a Nurse Practitioner and entrepreneur, who has overcome many obstacles on the road to getting herself healthy again. After a tumor in her knee, and her first pregnancy, she found herself 65 pounds heavier. She is now defying the statistics of the often-noted “unhealthy health professional” by remaining active through a variety of activities. She even appeared on the reality show Xtreme Warrior in 2008. Veronica supports her local community by helping people restore and manage their health by offering healthcare services, programs and medical weight loss procedures in Southfield, Michigan.

Q. What was your life like before you created a career in Health & Fitness?

A. Since I was young, I have always been involved in sports or coaching. I ran track & field as a sprinter in high school and college and competed on the rowing team. I began coaching high school basketball and track while working as a RN. After completing my Masters degree in Nursing and seeking experience, I began to get creative in combining my sports experience with my medical experience. This lead me into creating my own unique approach into health coaching and motivating others in disease prevention and health promotion through diet and exercise.

Q. What influenced you to pursue a career in the heath and fitness industry?

A. Anyone who has known me from a young age knows that I have always been fascinated with how the human body works! I have always wanted to be in health care. Back then all I knew was a doctor but I chose a different path and at this point It lead my into my dream career. I still wear a white coat, write prescriptions and do most things a doctor can do like prescribe, manage and treat illness / disease. As a nurse practitioner, I collaborate and refer to doctors as need.

Q. How are you able to maintain your work-life balance and what advice would you give to readers on how they can achieve theirs?

A. Work-life balance begins with family support. I have a very supportive husband! Most days, I try to get my workouts in early so that it doesn’t cut into family time, but sometimes it doesn’t happen and I need to go late after work. So he has his workout days and I have mine.

Q. What credentials / certifications do you have?

A. My credentials include Advanced Practice Nurse and Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

Q. What is your current exercise/training regimen?

A. Currently I go you the gym 4 times a week. I take a cycling class one day a week, just started getting into bikram yoga also one day a week, and I run the other two days a week with a running group called Run This Town or Hansons for collaboration with other physically active and passionate about health and wellness professionals.


Q. How has health and fitness changed your life?

A. Health & fitness is my life. There was a point and time when I was unable to work a few years ago due to a tumor behind my knee. It stopped me in my tracks and rocked my world mentally, physically and emotionally. After the tumor in my knee 2009 then my first pregnancy 2009-2010, I added 65 lbs over the years. I was not able to lose any of the weight until July 2012. I knew healthy weight loss was more than 3500 calories = 1 lb & calories in equal calories out like most medical professionals repeat when you are concerned about your weight gain. 

I was focused on feeling better and getting back to my old self. The added weight didn’t feel right, I couldn’t sleep, I was happy with what I saw in the mirror, because I remembered the pre-surgery & pre-baby days. After having to go through rehab for over 1 year in 2009, the year of my master degree graduation, I began to question a lot of things, such as whether or not I would be able to finish school, when I would be able to drive or work again or even run again. I was determined to walk across the stage, and my boyfriend (now my husband) was there to support me through this. It was a very emotional, helpless and challenging time in my life. From that day forward, I vowed to myself to always give 100% when you run again because I know what it feels like to want to run but physically unable to, so in 2012 I ran my first half marathon for everyone that can’t!

Q. What advice do you have for someone looking to begin a career in the health and fitness industry?

A. Go for it! Be creative with a degree in medicine. Nursing and a degree in nutrition can open a lot of doors and opportunities but its up to you to follow your dreams and chase your passion.

Tell us more about your services and where you can be found.

My office is located at:
26771 W. 12 Mile Road Suite 101
Southfield, MI 48034
We provide a holistic approach to medicine treating the whole person, we provide general medical services including urgent care and primary care services as well as weight loss services.

Are you a “Life Changer” or know someone who is? We are looking for individuals or groups working in the health and wellness field (i.e. – allied health professionals,  fitness/wellness professionals, nutritionists, etc.) who are dedicated to improving the lives others and have a unique story to share.

Submit your information to be featured on our website!

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Recap: 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Event

Watch our recap of the 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Finale Pink Carpet at the King’s Theater in Brooklyn, New York.



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The 2nd annual Finding Ashley Stewart Contest searched around the U.S. in search of a diva who personifies Ashley Stewart and everything she stands for: kindness, resilience, confidence, community and fashion! In the video below, Finding Ashley Stewart host and comedian Loni Love, 2018 Miss Ashley Stewart winner Tiffany Gosa-Flamer, journalist and author Soledad O’Brien, DJ Kid Capri, actress Andrea Rachel-Parker, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Peter Thomas, Essence Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor and Naughty by Nature all talk with BFT contributor Ryen Watkins about the importance of this competition and how Ashley Stewart is immersing themselves into the communities that support the brand.

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Episode 5: The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris

On ‘Black-ish’ Success, Marriage, Motherhood and Living Healthy Her Way!



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We had the great pleasure to chat with The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris for episode 5! Click on the link in this article to listen! And, read on to see more info on your chance to enter to win a copy of her brand new book!

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In this episode, we get right into our interview with Dr. Rainbow Barris, who is the inspiration behind the character Rainbow Johnson on ABCs hit show ‘Black-ish’ and author of Keeping Up With the Johnson’s – Bow’s Guide to Black-ish Parenting. It’s hard enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle period – let alone as wife of director and writer Kenya Barris, being a medical doctor and raising six children! But Barris has found what works for her and wants to encourage other women balancing family and career to find what works uniquely for them! Plus, we talk about the show, Mr. & Mrs. Barris’ recent $1 million donation to Clark Atlanta University, and what life is like for her now. Don’t miss this!

Beginning Friday, June 29th – you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Barris’ book! Stay tuned to our website, and Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Episode 4: Leah Uko – Journalist on Fox 11 Los Angeles + Bodybuilder

Los Angeles area native Leah Uko is back home working as a nightside reporter, as seen on Fox 11 Los Angeles. But she’s also a bodybuilder preparing to step on stage again this fall. Learn more about her journey, why she loves to bear arms on camera, and why discipline and journaling keep her motivated and determined to reach her goals.



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