I love speaking with smart people. As a journalist, I get to do it a lot.
Of course, as soon as I hang up the phone the real work begins. I’m left with a screen full of notes and the task of making complex health information digestible to the readers of Real Simple, Shape, Women’s Health, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, and all of the other publications I write for.
It has been quite an education! In fact, learning about health straight from top docs, psychologists, researchers, and more helped me decide to add health coaching to my repertoire: I can tell you all the things you could do to get healthy. By working together, I can help you actually go and do them!
Of course, why say what you can show. Here are glimpses of my some of favorite career highlights:
I spoke with Jenna Wolf (and 5 million viewers) on the Today Show while I was an editor at Prevention magazine. (Fun fact: I’ve also appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, and CBS’s The Early Show!)
For more than a decade I was editor at magazines including Prevention and Health. I continue to write articles for publications including Real Simple, Shape, Self, Women’s Health, Family Circle, Men’s Health, happify.com, and more. (No, I was never actually on the cover of Prevention–this was a going away gift when I decided to quit my job there and move to Portland!)
Renowned expert Dr. Andrew Weill, MD, reviewed my first book, “Better Each Day: 365 Expert tips for a healthier and happier you. In Dr. Weill’s words, “It’s a rare person who won’t find something useful–even life-changing–in Jessica Cassity’s collection of good ideas.”
I trained to be an Integrative Health Coach at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. It was at Duke that I learned the power of finding each person’s individual motivation to make change. I’ve since been invited back to mentor another group of coaches, which has been incredibly fulfilling work!
Although I was never an actual cheerleader, I regularly cheered on women as they tested out workouts and weight loss programs for various articles. I also got to travel to a handful of exotic locations to photograph these workouts. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. (I’m the one with the clipboard, not the one with the 4-foot-long legs!)
You might have seen my byline in the New York Times. For many years I contributed to their (now defunct) gear column: Physical Culture. (This story cost me my media discount at Orvis, but… I was only reporting the facts!)
I led fitness classes at Pilates and yoga studios in New York City. In Portland, I’ve spent a lot of time in the barre3 studios, leading 1-hour workouts for dozens of exercisers each week. I also helped barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln write her book, “Love Your Lower Body.”
My one-on-one health coaching clients leave me really nice testimonials, including this one:
I received my Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. I don’t follow a plant-based diet, but I did learn some new and interesting information about healthy eating which I use during my own meal planning and when working with clients.