Leadership Networking Event Focuses on Health & Well-Being

More than 250 guests packed into the Shoreview Community Center in January for the Third Annual Leadership Networking Breakfast hosted by the Rasmussen College Blaine campus. The focus of the event was empowerment. 

Keynote speaker and health and fitness expert, Chris Freytag, kicked off the event by providing insight that guests deemed extremely entertaining and helpful, and that left them feeling empowered.

She focused on positive thinking and taking control of your health.

“In your own life, you need to know how spectacular you are,” Freytag said. “[If you’re a parent] you need to get rid of the mommy guilt, because you are a better person when you are healthier. If you eat healthy and move more you’ll perform better in almost all aspects of your life.”

Freytag explained how exercising can seem daunting and how the majority of people say they hate exercise. “I can change that thinking almost 99 percent of the time," she said.

She also told those in attendance that it is important to strive to make progress, not strive for perfection. When you strive for perfection, she said, you are setting yourself up for failure.

Freytag reminded the audience that food and fitness go hand-in-hand and it is important to keep in mind both quantity and quality of food you are ingesting. Keeping an open mind and allowing yourself to eat what you want, just less of it, can be extremely powerful when you are trying to get healthier.

“You don’t need to diet, you need to edit what you eat,” Freytag said.

Freytag also encouraged guests to start moving more. She pointed out that you don’t need exercise to be physically fit. Climbing stairs, dancing and hiking are all ways she said people can empower themselves to move more.

Freytag also talked about the “Three Cs” of fitness. First, you must have commitment—make sure to have a goal and deadline in mind. The second “C” stands for convenience. If it’s not convenient, you probably won’t do it. And last, there must be consistency—make sure to regularly get your heart pumping and find ways to make it a regular part of your routine.

“The number one excuse in America is ‘I don’t have time’,” Freytag said. “You make time for what you want to make time for. If you have a party, you go. If you have a test, you study. You need to change your thinking to ‘I chose to do something else that I thought was more important’ when it comes to fitting in time for fitness. What’s more important than your health? It’s not about being selfish, it’s about being smart.”

Another hot topic at the leadership event was empowering ourselves through positive reassurance.  Women say 13 negative things about their bodies on a daily basis, Freytag said.

“How are you supposed to make progress and meet your goals [with all that negative talk]?” Fretag asked. “If we could change that to positive self-talk, think of the progress [we could make].”

Here are Freytag’s five tips for changing the way you feel about yourself:

  • Meditate
  • Always see the glass as half-full
  • Tell yourself “I’m awesome” five times a day
  • Tell yourself “I accept myself unconditionally right now”
  • Talk to yourself the way you’d talk to your friends. If you talked to your friends the way you talk about yourself, you’d have no friends left.

Does Freytag’s story empower you?  Does it make you want to lead a healthier life this year?

To learn more about empowerment and gather additional advice from Freytag, watch the More on the Story video below.


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Jennifer is a Content and Social Media Specialist at Rasmussen College. She researches, writes and edits blog posts designed to help and inspire current, past and future students through their entire educational process in an effort to encourage learning at a college level and beyond.

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