Clinical Exercise Physiologist | Weight Loss, Longevity & Healthy Parenting Expert
KAREN OWOC is a clinical exercise physiologist working in a highly specialized practice where exercise is medicine. She designs and delivers exercise programs as a treatment and prevention strategy for patients and clients challenged with chronic diseases, particularly obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Human Biodynamics (the physiology of human performance).
Karen started on her path in health, performance enhancement and cardiac rehabilitation early on in college. Driven to by her delight in and dedication to learning all that she can, Karen worked as a kinesiology teaching assistant and interned in three disciplines: physical therapy, athletic training and exercise physiology.
Karen currently works as a cardiac rehabilitation clinical exercise physiologist and previously worked for the Pritikin Longevity Center as the Program Director teaching nutrition and exercise to high-risk populations.
Mom and Media Writer
Karen is the mother of two sons, a freelance health writer and frequent media guest expert for various TV/radio/print outlets commenting on optimal performance, longevity and healthy parenting. She writes sports nutrition articles for organizations, such as USA Gymnastics and USA Volleyball. USA Volleyball and USA Gymnastics are the National Governing Bodies for the sports of volleyball and gymnastics in the United States. Karen's blog: www.TheHealthReporter.tv
TV Health News Host
Karen currently writes, produces, edits, and hosts short-form TV health segments, The Health Reporter Minute and The Men's Health Minute. These 50+ segments air on public cable stations in 25 states, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Caribbean. Karen serves as Governor of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (San Francisco/Northern California Chapter) and as the Managing Director/Producer at Bullet Point Media, LLC.
A dedicated sports advocate, Karen co-founded the Fairness in Sports Foundation and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the American Sports Council. Her media career began as Executive Producer of her international men's gymnastics competition that aired on Comcast Sports Net/Fox Sports Net for five years.
A pescetarian (eats fish but no other meat) since a teenager, Karen grew up in a 'green' household before it was fashionable to be green. Fresh homegrown vegetables were staples in their home and venturing out of the city to pick fruits in the country was considered a fun family thing to do. In her culture, giving respect to the forest, to the ocean and to nature is the way of life. They ate and cooked whole food bringing vegetables straight from the garden to the table. Karen learned about sustainability long before it became the current socially-conscious buzzword where replenishing the earth — not polluting it — was the natural thing to do.
Now, as a busy mom and business owner, cooking a winning meal that makes everyone grin is a daily dilemma and throwing it down fast is an even greater challenge! High-speed, no-sweat cooking is the key to surviving in her kitchen. Karen's ultimate goal is to serve ingredients that are fresh, organic (preferably local) and whole grain. She favors Hawaiian/Japanese flavors because those tastes define home to her. She eats lots of tofu, savors ocean-friendly fish on occasion, and enjoys colorful meals filled with a vibrant palette of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Her ultimate challenge is to cut, chop and blend everyone's tastes (that range from the finicky eater to the meat-and-potatoes palate) into something they'll all greet and eat with enthusiasm. Her past work in the hotel restaurant industry as a food prep (Country French style) and as a sommelier taught her some culinary basics and how it's possible to eat healthfully when dining out.
Over the years Karen has become a helpful resource for eating on the go and preparing tasty family-friendly and heart-healthy meals that are easy to prepare and easy on the budget. Her first book is due to be published in 2012.
Back in 1999, Karen formulated and marketed her own botanical, chemical-free body and home cleaning products ahead of the huge popularization of ‘green living’. Her clients included high-end resort spas, such as the Ritz Carlton, and individuals and cancer patients at the John Muir Women’s Health Center.
• Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
• Basic Life Support for Health Professionals (BLS), American Heart Association
• Health Fitness Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine
• Professional Member, American College of Sports Medicine
• Professional Member, International Society of Sports Nutrition