Wellbody was created to help us better understand how our lifestyle impacts our health and how we can make better, informed decisions that affect our health and wellness.
We truly live in amazing times where we have the possibility to live past 100 while maintaining vigor in our body and mind. The problem is Americans are living with and dying from preventable chronic diseases - heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes, etc. Research shows that healthy lifestyle choices are key contributors in preventing the development and progression of chronic diseases. We are doing a poor job as a society when it comes to adopting and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.
More than ⅓ of American adults (36%), or about 84 million people, are obese.
More than 80% of American adults don’t meet the minimum requirements for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.
More than 35% of Americans are getting insufficient sleep.
More than one-half of the average American’s calories come from ultra-processed foods (like breakfast cereals, soft drinks, frozen meals, canned soup), which also account for 90% of the added sugars in our diets.
While it may take time to rethink our approach to health as a society, we can start today as individuals by focusing on what we can control. We have the ability to assess the five major lifestyle factors affecting our health. Are you eating well? Do you get regular movement and exercise into your life? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you able to manage the stressors in your life? Do you have a community of family and friends with whom you have regular and meaningful connections?
By finding an aspect of your lifestyle you’d like to work on, starting small, and making one change at a time, you can begin to develop healthy lifestyle habits. Making the changes you want takes time and commitment. Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time, so replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time as well. As new healthy behaviors become a habit, you can add another goal that works toward the overall change you’re striving for. In the end, being aware of how your lifestyle impacts your health and taking small steps to improve will set you on the path to live a life that is younger, healthier, and longer.
Lori Miranda, MSSW
Lori is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Certified Nutrition Coach. She has her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on Community and Administrative Leadership. Prior to founding Wellbody, she worked for Travis County Health & Human Services where she worked on collaborative problem solving, strategic planning, researching community conditions, and developing data-driven solutions to create healthier, better functioning communities. When she isn’t working on Wellbody you can find her chasing after her two kids (and Brandon), reading, doing Pilates, spending time outdoors, and eating tacos (maybe with a beer).
Brandon is an entrepreneur and growth-oriented business leader. Prior to founding Wellbody, Brandon spent 10+ years helping growth-stage, venture-backed companies increase revenue and scale operations. Brandon held the position of VP of B2B Operations at SpareFoot, overseeing all sales, services, and support functions. Prior to SpareFoot, Brandon held various leadership roles at Bazaarvoice. Brandon has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. When not working, Brandon prefers to spend time with Lori and their two kids or finding ways to be active and enjoy Austin. His favorite ways to stay active include jiu-jitsu, paddleboarding, yoga, climbing, and running.
Ashley Maltz, M.D., MPH
Dr. Maltz practices integrative medicine - blending the best of Western medicine with a penchant for Eastern medicine and philosophy. She focuses on helping her patients improve their health through lifestyle interventions. Dr. Maltz earned a Medical Degree and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX; completed a combined Internal and Preventive Medicine Residency at UTMB; and then pursued and completed a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. During her Fellowship, she underwent clinical training in Medical Acupuncture, trigger point injections, meditation, spirituality, clinical nutrition, mind-body therapies, botanicals and herbs, as well as an intensive 1000-hour online curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. During this time, she also completed a 300-hour Medical Acupuncture course through the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate. She spent the last year of her four-year medical residency participating in health policy, cancer prevention and environmental health rotations and most recently spent two years living in Albuquerque, NM, working as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine. Dr. Maltz is a member of the Texas Medical Association and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, for which she served on the Board of Directors from 2013 - 2015. In her recreational time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga, meditation, dancing, hiking, cooking healthfully and exploring the world through travel and cultural exchange.