Below is the announcement that was posted on the IIN website on Friday. Since 1992, Integrative Nutrition has been at the forefront of holistic nutrition education, offering cutting-edge health coach training to tens of thousands of people from all over the world.
Announcing the Health Leadership Award
I am thrilled, proud and honored to present the very first Health Leadership Award to an outstanding graduate who has been a leader in the school food movement, a health educator, and role model for her children and her community: Allison Carmen.
When I first met Allison, she was a young woman in her twenties, highly educated and a successful lawyer for a large New York City firm. As one of the thirty students in Integrative Nutrition’s very first class, she demonstrated an exceptional desire to understand the transformational effects that nutrition can have on our lives.
With curiosity and intelligence, Allison has continued to analyze and put into practice the ideas and energy she gained from that program. Her most recent project, The Book of Maybe is inspired by her time at IIN, as well as her experience as a business consultant and coach.
Overworked, stressed and exhausted from her successful career in corporate America, Allison was seeking a way to heal herself and others. She recognized the possibility of holistic principles long before they had entered the mainstream.
A Working Friendship
Over the past twenty years, Allison has not only become a close friend, but also has served as an important advisor. Her support and expertise as a business consultant has given me great strength, confidence and guidance. Without Allison, there is a good chance there would be no IIN.
Role Model for Healthy School Food
Allison’s first big accomplishment was to transform the food at her daughter Morgan’s school. The program was filled with food that had high fructose corn syrup, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives and additives. There was hardly any fresh food. Together, she and Morgan worked with other parents to create a “truly amazing food program”, which now serves organic, local meat, vegetables and fruit. Continue reading…