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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.

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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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Living Fit The Civil Way – How A Healthy Lifestyle Powers Karen Civil’s Success



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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today

It’s another beautiful November day in Los Angeles, and it’s shoot day. Karen Civil is en route, and the team is preparing for her arrival. You can feel how the atmosphere changes when she walks into the studio. She brings an aura of confidence, yet calmness. Even while she’s ironing out details of her schedule for the rest of the week, she’s in lock step during shoot prep. Karen is like a chameleon who can rock many different looks and shine bright while doing it.

Everyone has their own method of preparation for photo shoots. We can imagine that in being a cover girl for a fitness mag, she wanted to be ready. But, her lifestyle, work ethic, and commitment to maintaining good health and a solid physique proved to be a perfect return on investment on shoot day.

The Elizabeth, New Jersey native now residing in Los Angeles is one of the best digital strategists in the game.  Even if you still don’t know who she is by now, you probably know her work and have seen her footprint. Check some of her most notable receipts:

Remember when Weezy went to prison? Karen was responsible for the creation of his fan site, that kept his fans connected and brand intact during his incarceration. This was crucial because it was before social media gave us all direct access to our favorite celebs and entertainers.

You know all those Beats by Dre ads with notable athletes and entertainers wearing the headphones while getting a glimpse into their journeys? She spearheaded that campaign.

The booming success of mainstream artists like YG, Nipsey Hussle and Dave East and more, link back to her, as she has elevated these artists into formidable brands.

One of Karen’s platforms,, which kicked off in 2008, has been unique in the hip-hop industry because it is credited with introducing now global superstars to the world before anyone else including Drake, J. Cole, and Nicki Minaj.

Karen and her team launched the LiveCivil playground in Haiti, the place of her roots, to create a safe place for children to be able to play and express themselves.

Karen Civil is not only holding her own in a male-dominated industry, but is setting the path that women — and men — want to follow.

What enables Karen Civil to be the powerhouse that she is goes beyond her knowledge, experience, and connections. It is often said that our health is our greatest wealth. How can we live out our fullest potential if we aren’t healthy enough to do it? This is an idea that Karen takes very seriously; it gives her balance and a solid foundation.

Self-care has enabled her to successfully fight her battle with anemia, and maintain not only a solid body, but a solid mental state – something so crucial in the industry she dominates each and every day.

Flip to the next page to read our interview with Karen to find out what fitness means to her, why she felt it was best to let go of her vegan lifestyle, what keeps her grounded, and advice she has on brand-building.

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@iamnayfit – 5 Tips to Make Your #BodyGoals A Reality and Getting Results In 28-Day Challenge




What is the #Ri28 challenge?

The 28 day challenge was made when we put together all of the elements needed to lower your body fat percentage quickly and efficiently.  The combination of reducing carb intake and increase activity on a daily basis is key to fat loss.

What can people expect over 28 days?

Clients can look forward to a no stress program. No gym membership is needed , no gym equipment is required. All you need is $39 and a device to watch the workout on.

Who is the #Ri28 challenge for?

This challenge is for anyone who wants to tighten and tone. This a great way to spice up your normal cardio routine with high intensity interval training.

Why should people join the challenge?Anyone wanting for feel better and look their best should join the #Ri28 family. 2017 is coming to an end and it’s time for bring in the new year feeling and looking  like the best version of YOU!

What are your Five Tips to Make #BodyGoals A Reality?

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Elise Neal – Fit Over 50 Interview – Black Fitness Today Exclusive



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Watch our exclusive interview with multi-talented actress, dancer and gym lover Elise Neal! Get the full cover story and find out about Elise’s newest role in Wolverine 3 (Logan) and more about the Elise Neal Body Boot Camp on
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Twitter: @EliseNeal
Instagram: @therealneale
Snapchat: EliseWorldWide

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