“Small Group Support
For Healthy, Vital Lives”

Healthy World Vitality Plan

Rediscover the joy of living!

The Healthy World Vitality Plan (HWVP) is your opportunity to learn the secrets to long-lasting, vibrant health, and to make them part of your life.  You don’t have to be a victim of chronic conditions that drain your energy and sentence you to a lifetime of pills, procedures, and early death.  You can discover the lifestyle practices that will make all the difference and become part of a mutually supportive network of friends to keep you on track.

About Healthy World Vitality Plan

What Is It? 

This plan, sponsored by the all-volunteer nonprofit organization Healthy World Sedona, creates small groups that educate and support individuals so they can make and sustain the kind of lifestyle changes that will enable them to live their healthiest, most vital lives. HWVP will provide a coach for each group of 6-12 people, as well as information and assessment tools across the lifestyle realms of nutrition, exercise, stress management, restorative sleep, and optimal cognitive activity. HWVP also will provide cooking tips and demos. Group members can then determine the steps they need to take to prevent, improve, or even eliminate chronic conditions and restore health. Think of it like joining a book group—only in this case it’s a health group!

Why This Plan? 

The clear and compelling scientific research shows that 80% or more of chronic diseases are preventable, and where they already exist, symptoms can be reduced or eliminated through specific lifestyle changes. Remarkably, the body begins to heal from these diseases within days of making those changes. But lifestyle change is where we often get stuck. This plan provides the information about why specific changes are important and how to successfully make these changes. It also creates a support network to help sustain the changes.

How Are The Groups Formed? 

You can join a group in either of two ways:

  1. If you enroll individually, HWVP will assign you to a new supportive group of 6-12 people.
  2. If you have joined a pre-formed supportive group of 6-12 friends, family, or co-workers, HWVP will enroll your group. 

In either case, coaches trained and certified by Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai (medical directors for HWVP) will lead all of the initial eight to ten weekly sessions. The expectation is that group members will soon support each other in your new journey toward health. HWVP coaches will continue to be involved on a more intermittent basis throughout subsequent months and years. Your group will meet virtually, through Zoom, until it is deemed safe to meet in person. Thus, even though the plan organizers are centered in Northern Arizona, your group members can actually live anywhere in the world. When safety is no longer an issue, group members living in the same geographic location can choose to meet in person thereafter.

What Are The Benefits? 

Everyone wants better health, and most people are aware of at least some of the lifestyle behaviors that will lead to better health. Yet many people have made the decision to adopt these behaviors multiple times, only to fall back into old, destructive habits. The support and accountability that comes with belonging to a group of others committed to a shared purpose of health improvement is your most powerful tool to sustain the changes you desire to make. Combining this support with trustworthy information and how-to tips will set you and the other members of your group up for long-term, sustainable success.

What Can I Expect During My Vitality Group Meeting? 

Led by a trained coach, your Vitality Group meeting will incorporate 90 minutes of learning, sharing, and enjoying the insights of the other people in the group. We will provide information and an assessment tool to help you identify the actions you can take to become your healthiest, most vital self. We will ask you to actively learn, and to share with others in the group what you have learned as well as progress you have made toward goals you have set. We will provide cooking demos to make it easy to learn to prepare the nutritious foods you need to thrive. And we will help and encourage each other along this journey to vibrant living. Your group will be comfortable, conversational, and caring—a home base for a healthy life.

How Often Will My Group Meet? 

Your group will initially meet weekly. After the initial eight to ten weeks, your group may decide to adopt a less frequent meeting schedule.

What Does It Cost? 

Cost for an annual membership in a group is $30.

When Will It Start? 

Coaches will be available for groups beginning in January 2021. But enrollments are being accepted immediately.

Healthy World Vitality Plan Coaches

Having received many hours of required specialized training and certification, your Healthy World Vitality Plan coach will lead you and the other members of your group to identify a personal vision for vitality in your lives. Your coach will then encourage appropriate changes in behavior and thoughts (based upon peer-reviewed science) that will move each of you closer to your vision of “ideal self.” All the while, your coach will also be helping to create a compassionate group experience in which group members ultimately will learn to serve as peer coaches, supporting one another in the behavior changes they each choose to make. Our terrific coaches are all volunteers, committed to sharing the benefits of a healthy, vibrant lifestyle with others.

Beverly Bow, BA, MAT, is a co-founder of Healthy World Sedona, a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes improvement to human, planetary, and animal health and welfare through a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. She has a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell. Previously she worked for Salem Health, a healthcare system in Oregon, in senior positions in Quality & Process Improvement, and in Human Resources Management.

 

Donald Fries, MBA, is a co-founder of Healthy World Sedona, a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes improvement to human, planetary, and animal health and welfare through a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. He has a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell. Previously he served the State of Oregon in legislative and fiscal policy management related to health and human services, at both the state and federal levels.

 

Ann Garner brings her executive-level marketing and management background with national companies and nonprofit organizations to bear on her ongoing interests. Holistic approaches to living are of great value to Ann, as reflected in her work with whole life/health expos, certification with the Herrmann International Whole Brain Institute, and membership with interfaith councils. Since moving to Flagstaff, Ann has been involved with Dr. Shipra Bansal’s Eating for Life Community, including coordinating monthly potluck gatherings.

Chris Kalinich is a proud board member of Healthy World Sedona and the founder and culinary instructor of Sedona’s Plant 2 Platter®, working with individuals and groups to promote positive life change. With her passion for cooking and her professional background in education and corporate training, she helps others discover how lifestyle choices can positively affect well-being. Chris focuses on the whole person, valuing the social camaraderie and cultural connections that are associated with food. Chris is a PCRM Licensed Food for Life Instructor and an MSVA-Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator; she is also completing the Clinicians CHEF Coaching Certificate program with Harvard Medical School’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. 

Kim Morse Is a retired film distribution
executive with over thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry. Her transition to a healthy, plant-based diet and lifestyle began in 2016, when both she and her husband were diagnosed with cancer.

Kim is a certified holistic nutritionist and exercise aficionado, with a passion for helping friends and family discover the health and happiness attainable with a plant-based diet and lifestyle changes.

Linda Voorhis is a Main Street Vegan Academy Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, a vegan culinary instructor, and founder of Veganification™ and the Verde Valley Vegans Meetup group. You can follow Linda on her blog at www.veganification.com. Veganification celebrates the journey of becoming and being vegan by providing lifestyle education, plant-based culinary instruction and coaching that promote self-actualization, community, and environmental sustainability in concert with vegan advocacy and activism. She is the author of a soon to be published plant-based cookbook.

Healthy Minds Initiative

Neurologists Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are the medical directors for the Healthy World Vitality Plan. As co-directors of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center, they have done extensive work and research in the field of dementia treatment and prevention, and in lifestyle medicine in general.  All of our voluntary HWVP coaches have completed certification in the Sherzais’ Healthy Minds Initiative NEURO plan, providing an in-depth understanding of the actions individuals can take to reduce their risk of cognitive decline and other chronic diseases.

Healthy World Vitality Plan group members who are 55 or older, and who meet certain criteria, will have the opportunity to also participate in a ground-breaking research study on the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease through lifestyle practices. This study is part of the Healthy Minds Initiative (HMI), directed by Dean and Ayesha Sherzai. Healthy Minds Initiative is a nonprofit that is committed to powering the global brain vitality revolution. HMI is a bulwark against lifestyle-responsive cognitive diseases and supports communities with the knowledge, structure, and resources needed to combat and prevent these terrible diseases. As part of the Healthy World Vitality Plan, the HMI collaboration will seek to empower families and communities to achieve their optimal brain health. HWVP group members who qualify for the study will have the benefit of an additional initial assessment related to brain health, as well as follow-up assessments after one and three years.

HWVP Medical Directors, Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai

Contact Us To Join Or Inquire Further

Please complete the required information form below. If you’d like to enroll individually, select the JOIN option in the “What Is Your Interest?” box; HWVP will assign you to a new supportive group of 6-12 people and provide a coach. Or, if you plan instead to initiate your own pre-formed supportive group of 6-12 friends, family or co-workers, select the “FORM” option; HWVP will enroll your group and provide a coach. An option for further inquiry is also available. We look forward to hearing from you!

A Few Words About The Plan Organizers . . .

Healthy World Sedona

Healthy World Sedona Co-Founders, Don Fries and Bev Bow

Healthy World Sedona (HWS) has produced the Sedona VegFest and the Sedona Health and Nutrition Conference each January since 2017. It was founded as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit by Don Fries and Bev Bow in 2016 for the purpose of educating and inspiring the public to adopt a whole food, plant-based lifestyle for personal health, to eliminate unnecessary suffering and death of animals raised for food, and to reduce global warming and other environmental effects caused by animal agriculture. HWS serves primarily Sedona and the Verde Valley in northern Arizona, but has attracted attendees to its two signature events from across the U.S. and internationally as far as South Korea. To learn more about the mission and many activities of HWS, please visit healthyworldsedona.com. And if you approve of our mission and are able to help support it, donations are very much appreciated and  always go entirely toward the HWS programs.

Opening carousel photo credits (all on Unsplash): Duy Pham (GROUP SUPPORT); Maarten van den Heuvel (NUTRITION); Luis Quintero (EXERCISE); Toa Heftiba (STRESS MANAGEMENT); Ann Danilina (RESTORATIVE SLEEP); Dingzeyu Li (OPTIMAL COGNITIVE ABILITY)