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The Habits of Health Transformational System, guided by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, Co-founder & Independent OPTAVIA Coach, outlines a pathway to longevity through fundamental actions and behaviors. These steps are designed to mitigate the risk of preventable diseases, accidents, and an unhealthy lifestyle. Element 25, the "Habits of Longevity," summarizes crucial practices for sustained health and longevity:

  • Create a Nurturing Environment: Foster a living space that promotes well-being. Eliminate unhealthy elements, ensure access to clean water, prioritize safety with functional alarms, and secure your home.
  • Annual Health Checkups: Regularly consult with your healthcare provider. Schedule yearly checkups to proactively monitor and maintain your health status.
  • Prioritize Dental Care: Acknowledge the integral role of oral health. Schedule annual dental check-ups and twice-a-year cleanings to safeguard against potential health complications.
  • Achieve and Sustain a Healthy Weight: Strive for a weight that supports overall health, reducing the risk of diseases, and potentially lengthening your lifespan*.
  • Embrace Comprehensive Habits of Health: Integrate the holistic principles of the Habits of Health into your routine. This includes adopting proper nutrition, regular physical activity, and prioritizing quality sleep.
  • Optimize Health at Any Age: Regardless of your age, prioritize and optimize your health. This foundational principle is key to a longer and healthier life.

Research suggests that actively participating in lifestyle changes—such as maintaining a healthy weight, making nutritious food choices, engaging in regular physical activity, and managing stress—can positively impact longevity.

*No one can predict how long we are going to live, but research suggests that making an overall lifestyle change by taking an active role in your choices and behavior, including losing weight, eating healthier, moving more, and reducing stress, has the potential to help you live a longer, healthier life.

Learn more about the Habits of Health and how to integrate them into your life by talking to me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach and referring to Dr. A’s Habits of Health Transformational System.

Check out Dr. A’s Element Stories here!

As we approach the joyous Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, we want to extend warm wishes to all our existing and new Clients. May this season bring you moments of reflection, gratitude, and the warmth of shared love. In the spirit of Hanukkah, let's come together to celebrate the miracle of light and the joy of Community.

Here are great ways you can share the love during this special holiday season:

  • Gifts of Wellness: Consider sending a thoughtful gift to a friend or family member who may be on their health and wellness journey. A box of OPTAVIA Fuelings or a stylish OPTAVIA water bottle can make for a meaningful and supportive present.
  • Recipe Exchange: Share your favorite OPTAVIA-approved Lean & Green recipes with friends and loved ones. Spreading the joy of healthy eating is a wonderful way to celebrate together.
  • Hanukkah Party: Host a Hanukkah celebration with your OPTAVIA Community. Share your favorite holiday traditions, play games, and enjoy the festivities.
  • Fitness Challenge: Start a fitness challenge with fellow OPTAVIA Clients. Set daily fitness goals, share your progress, and motivate each other to stay active during the holiday season.
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Embrace the spirit of giving by performing random acts of kindness. Whether it's a kind note, a virtual hug, or a small act of generosity, spreading positivity can make a big impact.
  • Virtual Support Group: Create or join a virtual Hanukkah-themed support group within the OPTAVIA community. Share your challenges, successes, and words of encouragement as you navigate the holiday season together.
  • Gratitude Jar: Start a virtual gratitude jar where you share daily moments of gratitude. Reflecting on the positive aspects of life can uplift spirits and create a sense of community during Hanukkah.

Wishing you all a joyous and healthy Hanukkah filled with love, light, and the support of the OPTAVIA Community!

Yield: 4 servings

Complete Lean & Green Meal: 1 lean, 3 green, 2 condiments

Total Time: 6 hours


1½ lbs. lean end of beef brisket

½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt, divided

½ cup reduced sodium beef stock

3 cups kohlrabi, cut into ¼-inch sticks

3 cups riced cauliflower

1 egg


Beef Brisket Directions

  1. Season the beef brisket with pepper and half of the salt, and place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Add the beef stock and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours.
  3. Once beef is tender, add the kohlrabi and continue to cook for 20 minutes until tender.
  4. Remove the beef from the slow cooker, carve it, and serve with the broth and cooked kohlrabi.


Cauliflower Latkes Directions

  1. Spread the riced cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 425⁰F for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. In a kitchen towel, squeeze the cauliflower to remove any excess moisture. Mix together the squeezed cauliflower with the eggs and remaining salt.
  3. Shape the cauliflower mix into 8 little patties and place them onto a parchment lined sheet. Bake at 400⁰F for 8 minutes.


Tip: Use celery or turnips in place of the kohlrabi.

Nutrition Per Serving: 350 calories, 17g fat, 11g carbohydrate, 40g protein

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From Obesity to Empowerment

In just 18 months, Morgan witnessed a profound transformation that reshaped every aspect of her life. Battling obesity since childhood and seeing her weight climb through her 30s, Morgan embarked on a journey that led to a remarkable loss of 175 pounds*, making her healthier at 40 than she was when she graduated high school.

The catalyst for change came from a desire to provide her children with a more active and joyful childhood. Morgan's weight had become a barrier to simple joys like riding roller coasters, going on water slides, or hiking to waterfalls. Frustrated, she found herself lying to her children, attributing their limitations to their age or safety concerns when, in reality, it was her own physical constraints. Unable to fit into most clothing sizes, booths, or chairs with arms, Morgan's life was restricted in countless ways.

Fearful of the potential health issues that awaited her, she avoided the doctor altogether.

Upon a friend's recommendation, Morgan tentatively took a step forward, believing that weight-loss surgery might be her only option. Little did she know that this decision would prove to be life-changing, surpassing all her expectations. Having struggled with countless failed diet attempts over the years, Morgan's introduction to OPTAVIA marked a turning point.

Losing an impressive 175 pounds*, Morgan achieved goals she once deemed impossible. From training for a 5k to engaging in adventurous activities with her children, her newfound confidence replaced three decades of self-limiting beliefs and negative self-talk. Embracing her own transformation, Morgan became a health coach, astonished that others sought her guidance in their own weight loss and health journeys.

Her marriage flourished, her children gained an active and adventurous mother, and Morgan became an inspiration to her community. As an independent OPTAVIA Coach, she witnessed the ripple effect of her impact, with others joining her in pursuing health goals. Morgan took control of her life's narrative, replacing darkness with hope and joy. She discovered her own value and self-worth, realizing that she deserved the best care for herself.

Morgan's purpose evolved into helping others believe in themselves and recognize their inherent value. Passionate about spreading the hope that OPTAVIA brings to health and wellness, she boldly shares her story. Despite the inevitable challenges in her journey, Morgan found strength in adversity, acknowledging her ability to overcome difficulties. Grateful for the life-changing gift of OPTAVIA, Morgan embraces each day with immense gratitude and appreciation for the transformation it has brought into her life.

*Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.


Rebecca Lange
Independent Certified OPTAVIA Coach
P.O. Box 38941
Greensboro, NC 27438

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