Seminars 2015




Bryant "Drew" Andrews

9:00am - 10:00am

Inspiring a Lifestyle of Wellness from the Inside out, One Movement, One Person, One Community at a Time

Join creator and founder of DXF® - Dance Xross Fitness (a community-based, fun, energetic, intergenerational group fitness program that builds community and promotes family fitness), Bryant "Drew" Andrews, as he takes you on a FITNESS JOURNEY!

With over 25 years of experience as a health & wellness expert and established community leader, Drew is a firm believer that “YOUR health matters.” In this hands-on, interactive seminar, Drew will provide you with unique perspectives on how to be engaged with community organizations to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He will share motivational tips and demonstrate basic dance movements that will keep you healthy, moving and feeling well-rounded!

When he's not teaching DXF®, Drew is leading a busy life as the Director of Center for Creative Education, a nonprofit organization in Kingston & Beacon, NY whose mission is to provide arts, wellness and education programs to children, youth and their families. Drew’s dynamic style is fast, energetic, empowering and full of best practice examples; ensuring that the audience is engaged and leaving with practical information. Visit or for more information about Drew and his programs.



Victoria Moran

10:00am - 11:00am

The Look-Great, Feel-Amazing, Age-Later Lifestyle

Did you know that regular meditators are twelve years younger physiologically than non-meditators? Or that physical exercise is the closest thing we have to a panacea for staying youthful? Or that there are foods in your kitchen right now that can give you the enviable “glow”? In this presentation, you’ll learn to look and feel vital and vibrant all your life long with Victoria Moran’s M-E-N-D program – a memorable way to “mend” your ways and change your life. You’ll learn to:

- Enliven your food choices
- Eat a “rainbow diet”
- Keep the fountain of youth on your kitchen counter
- Discover the color of youth and vitality
- Get younger by doing nothing
- Unearth the metaphorical underpinnings of exercise
- Decrease your toxic load
- Make an ageless attitude yours forever

Victoria Moran ( is the Oprah-featured author of twelve books including Main Street Vegan, Creating a Charmed Life, and coming this spring, The Good Karma Diet.  A plant-based nutrition specialist and certified holistic health counselor, Moran hosts of the weekly Main Street Vegan podcast, and directs Main Street Vegan Academy, an exciting in-person program in NYC to train and certify vegan lifestyle coaches.



Holly Perkins

11:00pm - 12:00 noon

Why Strength Training is Critical to Your Health and How to Do it Effectively

Strength training is no longer simply about "being buff" or preventing osteoporosis. Research continues to prove that strength training is as critical to your health as pap smears, mammograms and annual doctor visits. Strength training can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Possibly more important is the profound effect it has on your mind. Strength training improves self image, fosters a sense of empowerment and helps women to feel strong - inside and out. Holly will share her 3 Step System to Effective Strength Training so that you can maximize the benefits of your strength training program.

Holly Perkins is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She is the author of Lift to Get Lean (Rodale, 4/2015), the founder of Women's Strength Nation, and a regular contributor to Women's Health, Shape, Fitness, SELF, and Prevention magazines. She is on the Westin Wellbeing Council, is the Fitness Ambassador to New Balance, and is the creator of numerous fitness DVD's including "baladea." Holly lives in Los Angeles.



Jay and Jennifer Jacobs

12:00 noon - 1:00pm

Wellness...It's All in the Family

As a father/daughter team on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Jay and Jennifer Jacobs lost a combined 295 lbs. on the show’s eleventh season. Now, they’re going to share how they’re living four years after the show and how their family has lost over a collective 800 lbs. By sharing their personal journey, the Jacobs aim to motivate others to tackle their health challenges and live their lives to the fullest potential. They’ll also be sharing some of their “Crazy Delicious” smoothies and giving away free copies of Summerfit Activity, books aimed at helping kids build a healthy lifestyle.

Jay Jacobs was the last man standing at the final four at the end of The Biggest Loser, but since then he has become a health and wellness ambassador, motivational speaker, and the author of Smartphone Fit. He has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs as well as in publications including Time, The New York Times, and Reader’s Digest.

Jennifer Jacobs was known as one of the strongest contestants on The Biggest Loser for her unwavering spirit and determined attitude. Since the show, she has started working at Lululemon and become a motivational speaker and spinning instructor.



Kate Hanley

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Bite-Size Serenity Solutions for Busy People

It’s important to balance your life to reduce your stress levels, but who even has the time? Luckily, all you need is a few minutes and a little know-how to slow down and get your bearings. Kate will teach you small tricks to relieve stress by exploring 30-second techniques, simple ways to weave your body and mind to be more satisfied and effective, and how to apply meditation to help move your thoughts in the right direction. Prepare yourself to feel lighter and breathe deeper!

Kate Hanley works as a coach and speaker to help busy women get fit and focus their minds so they can do the things that matter and stop stressing about the things that don’t. She is the author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide and The 28 Days Lighter Diet as well as a regular contributor for Real Simple, Yoga Journal, Whole Living, and Parents.



Dr. Anne Fishel

2:00pm - 3:00pm

How to Get the Most Out of Your Family Dinners: Eat Well, Play, Talk, Experiment, and Engage with the Wider World

As dozens of studies show, family dinner is good for the brain, body, and spirit. Dr. Fishel will lend her perspective as a family therapist, community organizer, and working mother as to how food and conversation has the power to strengthen families, nourish children’s development and well being, and maybe even change the world. After reviewing the science behind the benefits of family dinner, she will discuss the importance of playing with your food, telling stories, and using cooking and dinner as a time to try out new behaviors and spark activism.

Dr. Anne Fishel, Ph. D., is the author of Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids and is a co-founder of The Family Dinner Project. She works both as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and as the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In her private practice, Dr. Fishel focuses on clinical supervision as well as individual, couples, and family therapy.