Healthy Chick is the brain-child of Life and Health Coach/Counselor, moi: Kimberly Hammond (hi!), and was created to take the 'huh?!?' out of health in a hip, entertaining, and engaging way. To re-associate the word FUN with all things health and wellness.
In my late teens and early twenties, I experienced something I couldn't explain. My once flawless complexion was now bumpier than the Appalachian Mountain Range. I began adding more holes to my belts. My energy level was at an all-time low. What the heck?! I was pock-faced, overweight, and deeepressed.
The next few years were spent battling just about every eating disorder out there. What started out as a vanity and weight loss... "thing"... morphed into a different kind of beast. It had become a coping mechanism.
I knew I wasn't getting better. No one was aware of what I was going through. As most folks battling eating disorders do, I had kept it all a secret. I finally admitted myself to the hospital to seek help and treatment, and thank God I did. I realized my heart of heart's work, found my strength and, from that point on, made it my personal mission to learn everything I could about taking the best care of myself as possible--- and helping others do the same.
I am now a graduate of the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, am an AADP Board Certified Health Coach/ Counselor, a state licensed cosmetologist, and a fusion fitness/ yoga/ Pilates and Kickboxing instructor. I hold a B.S. degree in Health Promotion from Marymount University, and am a proud graduate of the "School of Hard Knocks". Summa Cum Laude.
Not only do I know jumping-jacks, fruits and veggies, but I understand the pressures of having a high stress career through my 20 years of work in both Corporate America and the restaurant and hospitality industry. This experience has given me the skills and abilities to work with people from various backgrounds.
In addition to health and wellness coaching, I'm an avid "healthy" cook and fitness adventurer. I believe that variety is the spice of our exercise life (you gotta mix it up to keep it up). I love the out-of-doors and shuffle my favorite hiking trails with my three 1/4 "kids": my American Indian Dog, Raiyna-Bell, and my 2 1/4 rescue pups, Levi - a "wovable" Pit Bull mix from the hills of NC, lil' Chip- an Aussie Shepherd mix from the sticks of MS, and "The Todd-father" (a true survivor), a Chihuahua/Minnie Pinscher mix who was found in Louisiana's monumental BP Oil Spill.
I am very active in animal rescue and rescue efforts (looking for a companion animal? They're looking for you, too. Let's make a match. Ping me!), am a most enthusiastic scholar of life, total shower and behind-the-wheel rockstar, fitness DVD queen, Libra to the core, Jillian's #1 Fan, and a shameless "Twilight" junkie (Team Both of 'Em).