The healthy way celebrates 30 years of service!

Join us as we celebrate on September 10!

We are holding a 30th Anniversary Food and Health Fair Extravaganza to thank our many clients and Santa Cruz County for 30 wonderful years! The event will feature lots of healthy food sampling and activities. You are invited to enjoy tastes of Ginger Carrot Soup, Emily’s Apple Bars, Plum Cobbler, Almond Dip with assorted crackers, Healthy Way Chocolates, and Gourmet Balsamic Vinegars—prepared by Chef Julie of The Healthy Way. Crown Café Catering will offer Jambalaya the Healthy Way and Cauliflower Rice. And Chef Adrienne Meire will demonstrate throughout the event the preparation of Healthy Way Harvest Salad, Vegetable Frittata with Sweet Potato Crust, and Curry Quinoa Salad, and you are welcome to try. Sugar-free chai will also be available.

In addition to food tasting, workshops will be given on Yoga, Qi Gong, mindfulness eating, and hypnosis for weight loss and stress reduction. At 1:45 pm, a panel of clients will share their success stories. We will have several booths with a variety of information including nutrition and acupuncture for appetite control. Guests can have their blood pressure checked, and B-12 and fat-burning shots will be available. There will also be giveaways and special pricing on The Healthy Way programs. Music will be provided by KPIG radio who will broadcast live from 1 pm – 3pm in The Healthy Way parking lot with lots of free gifts! In addition, a $5-per-ticket raffle will raise funds for Hospice of Santa Cruz County, an extraordinary organization that The Healthy Way has been supporting for many years. (Read our press release below to learn more about the milestones we have achieved over these 30 years!)

12-4pm: Cooking demonstration and food sampling

12:15 -12:45pm: Yoga for Health with Cheladee Bianchini
Chel is a five-year veteran of the Mount Madonna School of Yoga. She is a full-time wellness counselor at the Healthy Way and is currently studying for her certification at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Cheladee is a licensed Holistic Esthetician, Certified Hypnotherapist and Reiki Practitioner.

1:00-1:30pm:  Qi Gong for Weight Loss with Shelley Purdy, CFT
Shelley started her fitness career as a Certified Fitness Trainer at the Healthy Way where she spent her first six years building her clientele.  She is a Medical Exercise Specialist, a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Spring Forest Qi Gong practitioner.  She also specializes in Muscle, Balance, and Function Development.

1:45-2:30pm: Panel: Meet the Experts with Healthy Way Success Stories
Come learn the “thick and thin” from a variety of healthy way alumnae as they share their stories and strategies of courage, strength and hope.

2:45-3:15pm: Mindfulness Eating with Karin Leonard, CHT
For over 25 years Karin has collaborated with The Healthy Way in many mind/body classes and workshops. She is a visionary artist and a certified Hypnotherapist in private practice in Santa Cruz.

3:30-4pm: Hypnosis for Weight Loss and Stress Reduction with Rainya Dann, CHT
Rainya is founder and director of the Institute of TransPersonal Hypnotherapy in Santa Cruz, CA and offers her trainings worldwide.  Her mission is to offer healing, transformation and empowerment.

The celebration will take place Saturday, September 10 from 12 pm – 4 pm at 3251 Mission Drive, Santa Cruz, near Dominican Hospital. Admission is free. Hope to see you there!

Press Release: The Healthy Way Celebrates 30 Years of Robust Growth in Service to the Community

The Healthy Way has reached two major milestones this year that are a measure of its own health:  30 years in business in Santa Cruz County and the pleasure of serving 10,000 clients. There were some belt-tightening years during recessionary periods, but the company has enjoyed steady growth and has never laid off any employees. The Healthy Way currently employs nine Santa Cruz County residents at their original location: 3251 Mission Drive, near Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz.

The Healthy Way founder and president Cheri Bianchini was a hard-working, 28-year-old nurse when she decided to leave her head nurse position at Stanford Hospital to help people improve their health and lifestyle. She purchased The Diet Center of Santa Cruz County franchise and four years later re-launched the business as The Healthy Way. “Realizing what we eat is ground zero for all health, we pioneered an approach that continues to be a cornerstone of our successful programs today,” said Bianchini. “We help people overcome their addiction to sugar and flour, and teach them strategies for proper nutrition for long-term weight loss,” she explained. When clients eat well to lose weight, they don’t feel deprived.  “I’ve never eaten so well!” exclaimed Ed Martinez, a Healthy Way graduate who has maintained a 30-pound weight loss.

Open most days 6:30 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm, The Healthy Way’s caring staff, who have all been clients, are dedicated to providing extraordinary customer service and ongoing weight loss maintenance support.  Local music icon Sherry Austin, who successfully lost 30 pounds with the help of The Healthy Way several years ago, continues to participate in the maintenance program to ensure her ongoing success. Bianchini says long-term success rates are the reason for The Healthy Way’s longevity. “What I am most proud of is that two years after completing The Healthy Way, 60% of clients are within five pounds of when they graduated,” she explained. “That’s unheard of in the industry. Local health professionals realize this and regularly refer us clients,” she added.

The Healthy Way is also proud of their long-standing partnership with Hospice of Santa Cruz County. Dozens of fundraisers over the years have generated over $10,000 in donations to Hospice, and all proceeds from the raffle at The Healthy Way’s anniversary celebration on September 10 will also be donated.

Earlier this year, The Healthy Way established a partnership with Scotts Valley Market’s Crown Catering, who now supplies all of the fresh and prepared foods available for sale at The Healthy Way. Bianchini is planning a series of nutrition classes and a labeling program at the market geared for people with diabetes, inflammatory conditions, and those looking to avoid gluten and/or dairy. “We are thrilled to be partnering with The Healthy Way,” said Ron Clements, owner of Scotts Valley Market. “We have long respected the work of Cheri and her team at The Healthy Way, and we are excited to assist them in helping the Santa Cruz community achieve better health.