Get Fit & Functional For Life®
"We live today in a unique era of possibility and productivity; we love getting things done, but we are burning ourselves out. Many of us already know the value of slowing down, and we try to squeeze in a walk, a talk with a friend, or a good relaxed meal here and there. But our efforts don't make a dent in the growing burden of fatigue we carry around...the first step on this path is to understand the possibilities open to you if you make this change---and equally important, the immense costs of simply continuing on as you are." ~ Marilyn Paul, PhD
What Is Stress Costing You?
About Our Community:
We're putting an end to the kind of lifestyles
that are literally costing us our lives.
We are a community that believes, first and foremost, that good health is the first wealth and because of that, we declare our physical and mental well-being to be our single, most important priority.
We value knowledge, wisdom and most importantly, personal transformation.
We take our health into our own hands by being informed and empowered, by taking action and holding ourselves accountable.
We prioritize rest, movement, mindfulness, optimal nutrition, spiritual growth and meaningful work that aligns with our life’s purpose.
In a nutshell, we are a community that desires to be fit and functional...not just for a day, not just for an event but fit and functional for life.
Why You'll Love It:
We believe that community is more important now than ever before. We know that human connection is essential to good physical and mental health. We value real community, real caring and real conversation. We find joy and excitement in working towards common goals and navigating challenges together to achieve lasting results and transformation that is simply impossible to achieve alone.
Our Big Purpose:
We bring together individuals from all walks of life who believe that good health is the first wealth and are ready to ditch one-size-fits-all-healthcare, fad diets, quick fixes and 'life hacks' to create meaningful lifestyle changes so that we can experience abundant energy, sharper mental focus, deeper emotional clarity, greater physical strength and free-flowing joy in every aspect of our lives.
How We Succeed:
We use mindfulness practice as a tool to help us:
Open our eyes, minds, hearts and souls to deepen our connection as humans
Create equilibrium in our lives so that we can enjoy our work and our relationships
Choose our goals with focus, intention and confidence to effectively manage our stress
Deepen our self-compassion to gain a better understanding of ourselves and others
Live purpose-driven lives filled with joy, satisfaction and meaning
Surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you. ~Unknown
Who This Community Is Intended For:
Those who believe good health is a state of physical, mental and spiritual well-being
Those who are willing to challenge themselves to think bigger, do better and hold themselves accountable
Those who are ready to go all-in, who want to achieve lasting results and are ready to ditch one-size-fits all health care, fad-diets and quick-fixes
Those who are fascinated by real science and want to learn exactly how their body functions to achieve better metabolism, stronger immunity, optimal detoxification, better gut health & a healthier brain
Those who enjoy learning, growing and inspiring others and see their mistakes as part of the growth process
Those who are intrigued by concepts like mindfulness and meditation and want to learn practical skills that will help them cope with the inevitable stressors of life
Those who seek a safe space where they can be open, honest, authentic and vulnerable to achieve a deeper level of insight, understanding and self-awareness
"Community is a group of individuals who have learned how to communicate honestly with each other, whose relationships go deeper than their masks of composure, and who have developed some significant commitment to rejoice together, mourn together and delight in each other and make each other's conditions our own."
~ M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum
Our Community Agreements:
We agree to remain open to trying new things.
We agree to remain curious and ask for help and ideas when we struggle.
We agree to use our collective strength to inspire every member.
We agree to be patient with ourselves and trust the process as we learn.
We agree to be good to ourselves and to each other as we grow.
What You'll Find Inside:
Most importantly, we are a calm, safe and private, members-only community. No ads, no trolls, no, algorithms, no collecting or selling your data -- none of the stuff you find on social media.
A community based model of caring and sharing, designed to change your story from isolation, frustration and fear to hope, community and empowerment.
Engaging, informative evidence-based coursework designed by Angel V. Shannon, MS, CRNP, a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and founder of Seva Health and The Seva Institute.
Loads of resources such as:
Success Circles™ ~ affinity groups that allow you to bond with other members who specifically want to learn the same things that you do (like meditation) or may be experiencing similar obstacles with specific health concerns such as diabetes management, weight gain, body image concerns and more. (Premium Plan)
Community Care & Share™ Office Hours ~ you've got questions, we have answers! We firmly believe that there is no problem that community cannot solve because we are always stronger together than we are apart. Office hours are our collective 'give and share' time when we come together to problem-solve, strategize, share wisdom, insights and constructive feedback on an idea or concern. Whether you're considering a new job, want some ideas on a project, or just have a nagging question, our live Community Care & Share sessions will help you get the clarity you need to accelerate and execute on your question.
Mindset Mastery™ Office Hours ~ live mastermind sessions held virtually for members to close the 'knowing-doing gap' and gain the proven skills necessary to drive effective execution to achieve results in every area of life.
Lifestyle Level-Up Community Challenges™ that inspire you to take control of your day, balance your priorities, improve your focus, renew your self-commitment, lower your stress, fine tune your fitness and simply transform old, self-defeating habits into new life-affirming ones to become the best version of yourself that you can be.
FREE Fit & Functional For Life® Weekly Tracking Sheets to accompany the weekly and monthly challenges, designed to help you strengthen your personal commitments and build a powerful foundation of health personal accountability.
FREE access to the Fit & Lit® Book Club and our monthly virtual meetup where we read, study and apply personal mastery principles on topics like emotional intelligence, mindfulness, time management, power networking, positive psychology and more. We'll even be inviting the authors of some of our favorite books to join us!
FREE subscription to our newsletter, Healthy Housecalls With Angel, which includes the latest in lifestyle medicine, functional nutrition, gut health, hormone-balancing, weight loss tips, immune health and so much more.
FREE downloads of Blissful Relaxation With Angel guided meditations for stress reduction, sleep support and improving your focus and attention.
And valuable member-only discounts such as:
Member-only discount for the Fit & Functional For Life® Personal Health and Wellness Roadmap and 7 week LIVE course designed to help you clarify the whole-person vision you have for yourself, identify barriers, challenge self-limiting assumptions and embark on your new lifestyle journey with an intentional posture in an organized way. (Premium Plan)
Member-only discount for the Fit & Functional For Life® Action Planner and 7 week LIVE course designed to help you focus on your strengths, commit to better habits, gain mastery in personal time management, eliminate negative self-talk, boost your confidence, develop an optimistic mindset and ultimately build a strong framework to execute on your new lifestyle goals. (Premium Plan)
Member-only discount to the Fit & Functional For Life® Meal and Recipe Planners designed to help you save money by eliminating unnecessary purchases, save time by eliminating the 'what's for dinner' question, stop stress-eating with unhealthy snacks when you're 'hangry' (hungry + angry), get creative with different recipes so that you can start enjoying your meals again -- all of which is impossible without planning. (Premium Plan)
35% Member-only discount on 1:1 live, lifestyle medicine coaching with Angel to gain control of a chronic health condition, establish and integrative disease prevention plan. (Premium Plan)
25% Member-only discount on our popular Food, Mood & Mental Health course course. (Fall 2021) (Premium Plan)
25% Member-only discount on our Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Body course. (Fall 2021) (Premium Plan)
25% Member-only discount for one-to-one Foundational Wellness Coaching, an innovative and practical 12-week program that gives you the most essential guidelines for a healthier lifestyle. You'll gain Angel's clinical expertise in both conventional medicine and integrative medicine into a practical week-by-week, step-by-step plan, covering mindfulness, exercise, environment, diet, lifestyle, stress, and sleep--all of the aspects of daily living that affect health, well-being, productivity and longevity. Angel offers the most up-to-date research on vital subjects such as antioxidants, inflammation, gut health, the HPA axis and the fascinating science of nutrigenomics - how gene expression influences your health. You'll be offered the opportunity to explore functional medicine testing to optimize your gut and immune health, balance hormones, identify nutrient deficiencies and discover possible food allergies and sensitivities that may be impacting your physical and mental health and share these results with your own healthcare provider. (By application only, Premium Plan)
Access to the Wine & Wellness After Dark™ where Angel holds fun, engaging LIVE Q&A sessions on adult sexuality covering topics such as dating in midlife, mastering menopause, creating spark in relationships, long distance romance, identifying your partner's love language, leading with love and empathy and so much more. (Premium Plan)
Beautiful Be Good To Yourself™ member merchandise to give you the bragging rights of your new healthy lifestyle.
And last but not least, to truly enhance your experience:
We've created polls, prompts, and thought-proving questions that are designed to bring more people into conversation in a space that's all our own.
We've created Habit Mastery Topics such as Tasty Tuesdays for healthy recipe sharing and meal prep, Workout Wednesday to exercise together, challenge ourselves and share new tips (sometimes live on Zoom!) and our Weekly Wins & Wind Down on Fridays to celebrate our success
We've created a Search function to make it easier to find what we're looking for, and a Save Post feature for you to quickly come back to your favorites.
You can direct message other members in the community. You can also post and have threaded conversations.
We can organize virtual sessions and events that we feel are important to our growth.
We can keep conversations and messaging going before, during, and after our events.
If and when we want them, we can also organize smaller groups and even more easily accessible online courses on content that you, our beloved community, wants to learn.
What others are saying:
I have seen many positive changes in my physical and mental health since doing health coaching with Angel for about a year and a half. I sought Angel's help with getting hormones balanced and losing weight in a sustainable and integrative way, and she has helped me make improvements in both areas. She knew what lab tests would give us best guidance, introduced me to helpful supplements, and continues to gently challenge and cheer me on along my journey. In the time we've been working together, my hormones have become balanced and I have lost 32 pounds. I have found more confidence and inner strength while simultaneously building my physical strength. My sleep quality has improved, my mood has improved, and stress feels more manageable. The fact that much of our work together has been during the pandemic and I have still had all these successes is a good indication of how amazing Angel is to work with! ~Krista V., Maryland
Angel has a really unique way of breaking down complicated things and making it practical, useful and even funny. She's the kind of person you can open up to and talk to about anything. I leave every coaching session feeling so inspired because every session changes my mindset. We've been working together for two years now and I've made so many positive changes in my life that are now spilling over into my marriage and my career. I'm definitely a a better wife and mother because of our work. Coaching with Angel has truly been the best investment I could have made for myself. ~ Samantha R., United Kingdom
Your Community Host
Angel V. Shannon, MS, CRNP is a personal development keynote speaker, board certified nurse practitioner and founder of Seva Health and the Seva Institute. Her inspiring presentations are drawn from over two decades of clinical practice and lifetime of study of integrative health and mind-body medicine. In her engaging workshops and seminars she teaches people how to use the tool of mindfulness to reduce stress, change their relationship with food, become aware of self-sabotaging behaviors and ultimately establish a strong foundation of healthy habits for continuous improvement in every area of their lives.
Angel doesn't just talk about lifestyle medicine, she lives it. As a student of T'ai Chi Chuan and certified hatha yoga instructor, she is a pioneer in weaving both wisdom traditions in her clinical and private coaching practice. In 2019, she founded The Seva Institute to bring these ancient contemplative practices into the corporate environment by leading workshops in mindfulness based stress reduction to help participants overcome work related stress, develop inner resilience and foster a culture of embodied leadership.
A graduate of the University of Maryland and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Angel's talks, teaching and clinical practice are always one part science and one part storytelling as she inspires her listeners with stories of the hundreds of people she's helped successfully lose weight, reverse chronic health conditions, get hormones in balance and rescue their mental health to get Fit & Functional For Life! Angel is the host of Healthy Housecalls with Angel, a podcast filled with tips, tools and strategies to live longer and live better with lifestyle medicine.
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Community Moderator, Career Circle
Valissa Pierrelouis is a woman who knows what happens when work and life fall out of balance. As a a wife, bonus Mom, mentor and career + leadership coach she'd be the first to say that it takes more than hard work to ascend the corporate ladder and more than strategy to do so without paying the ultimate price of sheer burnout. As the daughter of hardworking parents who worked in the automotive and healthcare industries, Valissa inherited their work ethic, tenacity and commitment.
"It served me well throughout college and professional life. I also inherited my share of modesty, pride and deference which got in the way when seeking higher-level leadership roles in a traditional hierarchal organization."
After years of hard work, Valissa hit a career plateau. Years of missed opportunities meant years of missed earnings. Those missed earnings meant deferring important personal goals and the joy that comes from achieving them.
Because how we work and where we work is such an important part of our health and well-being, we are delighted to have Valissa as a member of the Fit & Functional For Life Community. As founder and CEO of Standout Career and as our career circle moderator, Valissa guides conversations that help us become the CEO of our own lives by choosing more of the opportunities that leverage our strengths and accelerate advancement without deferring our dreams so that we ultimately create the careers we want on our own terms and serve from a place of joy and abundance.
Community, conversation, courses and caring.
We've designed a community that will help you unlock your potential, master new skills, make more well-informed decisions, forge new relationships, build stronger, healthier habits and achieve the level of personal transformation that is nearly impossible to achieve alone.
We'd love to have you join us!
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