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15 Minutes to Wellness Podcast

15 Minutes to Wellness features expert guests in health, psychology, science, fitness and other fields, each offering their valuable insight to help you to live your most fit life. Adopting healthy habits one step at a time is the key to long-term change. This series will help you identify the small changes you can make that will empower you to achieve real, long term health and wellness.

Hosted by Dr. Michael Mantell,
ACE Senior Fitness Consultant
for Behavioral Sciences

Episode 44: Inch by Inch

Len Kravitz, Ph.D and Michael Mantell, PhD

9/3/2014

During IDEA World 2014, Dr. Michael Mantell taped a live episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness with Len Kravitz, Ph.D. They discuss the keys to weight management, how trainers today need a multi-factor approach, and Kravitz’s slogan of “inch by inch it’s a cinch, yard by yard it’s much too hard,” which emphasizes taking small steps to modify your health

Episode 43: Total Gym, Helping Millions get Healthier

Jesse Campanaro and Michael Mantell, PhD

8/27/2014

In Episode 43 of “15 Minutes to Wellness,” Dr. Michael Mantell sits down with Jesse Campanaro, the president of Total Gym Commercial, and discusses the globally recognized brand, which began 40 years ago. The two professionals examine Total Gym’s partnership with ACE, the newest equipment and studios they’ve developed, Total Gym’s overall mission of helping millions of people get healthier, and how it aligns with the mission of ACE.

Episode 42: Childhood and Family Obesity

Dr. Stephen Pont, M.D., and Michael Mantell, PhD

8/20/2014

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Michael Mantell and Dr. Stephen Pont discuss the childhood obesity epidemic. They discuss healthy messaging, or the importance in using the appropriate word choices when helping children with weight loss; health literacy; and three key items that families struggling with obesity can do in order to get healthy.

Episode 41: Lessons in Fitness Leadership (Part 2)

Robert Dyer and Michael Mantell, PhD

8/6/2014

In this second episode of a two-part podcast, Dr. Michael Mantell and Robert Dyer, CEO and founder of Fitmarc and co-founder of Integerus, discuss leadership styles and the importance of self-commitment, attitude, an open mind and transparency in health and fitness professionals. Learn the secrets of motivating employees to perform at a higher level, how to ensure your team is fully engaged in their work, and your responsibility to the staff you lead.

Episode 40: Lessons in Fitness Leadership (Part 1)

Robert Dyer and Michael Mantell, PhD

7/30/2014

In this two-part podcast, Dr. Michael Mantell and Robert Dyer, the CEO and founder of Fitmarc and co-founder of Integerus, discuss Dyer’s belief that an organization is only as strong as its team. Dyer shares his opinion on the importance of the educational partnership between ACE and Les Mills, which helps more professionals within the health and fitness industry become certified and create career paths.

Episode 39: Unique Fitness Centers

Clif Harski and Michael Mantell, PhD

7/16/2014

Dr. Michael Mantell sits down with Clifton Harski, the director of training and national head coach for Fitwall, in this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness. In addition to the unique training approach of Fitwall, Harski discusses how fitness professionals can get involved with clients by focusing on coaching quality and interactions.

Episode 38: A Career In Fitness

Linda Shelton and Michael Mantell, PhD

7/16/2014

In this Episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Michael Mantell chats with Linda Shelton, certified trainer, speaker and health writer. Linda shares advice for new trainers in the fitness industry and discusses her career path from gym teacher to celebrity trainer. They discuss how new professionals in the fitness industry should be prepared to adopt a wellness philosophy in helping the overall physical health and wellbeing of a client, not simply the look of their body.

Episode 37: Exercise is Medicine, Part 2

Edward Phillips, MD and Michael Mantell, PhD

7/9/2014

In the final podcast of this two-part series, Dr. Michael Mantell and Dr. Edward Phillips discuss the role that media plays in fitness and lifestyle medicine. Additionally, learn how fitness professionals can connect with physicians.

Episode 36: Exercise is Medicine, Part 1

Edward Phillips, MD and Michael Mantell, PhD

7/2/2014

In the first session of a two-part podcast, Dr. Michael Mantell, Ph.D., interviews Edward Phillips, M.D., the Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and Director of The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at the Joselin Diabetes Center. Listen to the two experts discuss how physicians should be prescribing exercise to their patients rather than medication, the partnership between medical professionals and fitness professionals, and ways to encourage positive lifestyle change.

Episode 35: Healthy Dining

Anita Jones- Mueller, and Michael Mantell, PhD

6/25/2014

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Michael Mantell chats with Anita Jones-Mueller, president and founder of Healthy Dining. Jones-Mueller and her team of Healthy Dining registered dietitians are actively creating a healthier America - in a delicious way, every day. On HealthyDiningFinder.com, you'll find dietitian-approved menu choices at thousands of restaurants coast to coast. Dr. Mantell and Jones-Mueller discuss the benefits of her nationwide website, what to look for when you’re out to eat and how nutrition is just as important as fitness.

Episode 34: amSTATZ

Michael Piermont, and Michael Mantell, PhD

6/10/2014

It is important for health and fitness professionals to consider themselves business owners. In this episode of "15 Minutes to Wellness," Dr. Michael Mantell and Michael Piermont, CEO and co-founder of amSTATZ, discuss the business side personal training, how technology enhances client relationships and how amSTATZ can help trainers and clients stay organized.

Episode 33: The 90+ Study (Part 2)

Dr. Claudia Kawas, MD, and Michael Mantell, PhD

6/4/2014

In the final episode of this two-part podcast, Dr. Michael Mantell and Dr. Claudia Kawas discus Dr. Kawas’s recent studies in longevity and dementia. They will share how moderate alcohol and caffeine intake can help with living longer and how exercise matters at any age.

Episode 32: The 90+ Study (Part 1)

Dr. Claudia Kawas, MD, and Michael Mantell, PhD

5/28/2014

In this first portion of a two-part podcast, Dr. Michael Mantell hosts Dr. Claudia Kawas, the Al and Trish Nichols Chair in Clinical Neuroscience and Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior and Neurology at the University of California, Irvine. They discuss Dr. Kawas’s work on numerous longitudinal studies of aging and dementia, how exercise matters and her most recent endeavor, The 90+ Study.

Episode 31: The Brain Fitness Connection (Part 2)

Dr. John J. Ratey, MD & Michael Mantell, PhD

5/21/2014

In this second session of a two-part podcast, Dr. Mantell and Dr. John Ratey continue their discussion on how exercise can change the body and the brain. The side effects of long-term sitting include increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, cardiac disease, boredom, depression, stress and lack of attention. Learn more about how exercise can be used to combat these issues and how this research can be incorporated into schools and workplace wellness programs.

Episode 30: The Brain Fitness Connection

Dr. John J. Ratey, MD & Michael Mantell, PhD

5/14/2014

In the first half of this two-part episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Mantell and Dr. John Ratey discuss how exercise is the “wonder drug” and is the most powerful tool to optimize our brain functioning. Learn how connection to one another is vital, how it has been lost over the years in our digital world and its importance to health and growth of the brain.

Episode 29: Downing in Calories (Part 2)

Dr. David Katz & Michael Mantell, PhD

5/7/2014

Join us for part two, where Dr. David Katz joins Dr. Mantell to continue the discussion about junk food, media hype, and the cultural challenges we face while addressing nutrition and wellness. Dr. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, a leader in nutrition, chronic disease prevention and health promotion.

Episode 28: Knowledge is Power (Part 1)

Dr. David Katz & Michael Mantell, PhD

4/29/2014

In this first session of a two-part podcast, special guest Dr. David Katz joins Dr. Mantell to discuss children, junk food and changes needed for a healthier generation. Dr. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, a leader in nutrition, chronic disease prevention and health promotion.

Episode 27: Being a Role Model

Justin Seedman & Michael Mantell, PhD

4/23/2014

Children often look up to their parents, paying attention and imitating adults that surround them. Would this mean that fit parents often raise fit kids? Tune in and enjoy a lively discussion with Dr. Mantell and Justin Seedman, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and the founder of JustinFit, LLC, on the impact that healthy and unhealthy parents have on their children.

Episode 26: Health & Fitness Technology

Bryan O'Rourke & Michael Mantell, PhD

4/16/2014

Technology is changing the way we do business, including within the health and fitness industry. Dr. Mantell is joined by Bryan O’Rourke, founder and CEO of Integerus, and will lead a discussion in how technology is creating a new era of wellness and how ACE pros can stay ahead of the curve.

Episode 25: A Healthier Nation

Dr. Richard Carmona & Michael Mantell, PhD

4/9/2014

Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th surgeon general and president of the Canyon Ranch Institute Board of Directors, joins Dr. Mantell to discuss the hot topic of health care. The discussion covers concerns about our healthcare system, health literacy, what needs to change and how we can use behavior changes to become a healthier nation.

Episode 24: Fitness Myths and Mysteries

Chris McGrath & Michael Mantell, PhD

4/2/2014

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, we delve into some of the latest exercise facts and fictions to discover the truth. Chris McGrath, the founder of Movement First, a health and education consulting and training organization, joins Dr. Mantell for this insightful episode.

Episode 23: Friendship and Social Support Matter

Lee & Beth Jordan & Michael Mantell, PhD

3/26/2014

In this touching episode, husband and wife ACE Certified Personal Trainers Lee and Beth Jordan join Dr. Mantell to tell their story of losing weight and finding love. Recently featured on CNN and People Magazine, the Jordans will share why friendship and social support are important in any lifestyle modification process.

Episode 22: Dimensions of Wellness

Colin Milner and Michael Mantell, PhD

3/12/2014

In this 15 Minutes to Wellness podcast, Dr. Mantell welcomes Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging. Join as they discuss how the many dimensions of wellness can help enhance a person’s ability to age actively.

Episode 21: Why We Eat

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW and Michael Mantell, PhD

3/5/2014

Tune to this week’s 15 Minutes to Wellness for a discussion on whether our thoughts and rational responses influence why we eat. Dr. Mantell and Deborah Beck Busis, diet program coordinator for the Beck Institute, address the connection between cognitive behavior therapy and weight loss.

Episode 20: It’s Contagious (Social Circles Influence Who You Are)

Nicholas DiNubile, MD and Michael Mantell, PhD

2/26/2014

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Mantell is joined by Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, an internationally known orthopaedic surgeon and U.S. News and World Report “Top Doctor.” The two focus on the influence of social circles, and offer insight on why people go to the doctor and how to handle certain situations involving health problems.

Episode 19: Go, Slow, Whoa

Jonathan Ross and Michael Mantell, PhD

2/19/2014

Dr. Mantell is joined by two-time Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner Jonathan Ross to discover why we eat and how we can enhance our lifestyle change. Tune in to find out why achieving a healthier lifestyle takes more than just mere willpower.

Episode 18: The Value of Family Time

Walter Bortz, MD and Michael Mantell, PhD

2/12/2014

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Mantell is joined by Dr. Walter Bortz, clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University and a well-known expert on aging and longevity. The two discuss several of the factors associated with successful behavior change including time with family.

Episode 17: Habits of Successful Weight Loss Maintainers – Self Liberation

James Prochaska, Ph.D. and Michael Mantell, PhD

2/5/2014

Once a health and fitness program has run its course, it’s often easy for people to revert back to their old ways. In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Mantell is joined by James Prochaska, PhD, professor of psychology, author and director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center at University of Rhode Island to discuss how to successfully maintain lifestyle change.

Episode 16: The Link is What You Think When it Comes to Goals

Michael Mantell, PhD and Ted Vickey

1/29/2014

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, the tables are turned on Dr. Mantell, who fields questions from ACE Certified Personal Trainer Ted Vickey, founder of FitWell LLC. Tune in to find out more about behavior change and how “the link is what you think.”

Episode 15: Technology and Wellness

Ted Vickey and Michael Mantell, PhD

1/22/2014

Ever wonder how technology can help you achieve better health? In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, ACE Certified Personal Trainer Ted Vickey, founder of FitWell LLC, joins Dr. Mantell to discuss the latest advancements in fitness technology.

Episode 14: Wellness and Rewards

Lee Rice, DO, FAAFP, FAOASM and Michael Mantell, PhD

1/15/2014

The idea of offering “rewards” and “punishments” is a well-studied aspect of psychology, especially when they are used to adopt lifestyle change. In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Lee Rice, founder of Lifewellness Institute, discusses appropriate rewards with Dr. Mantell.

Episode 13: Information is Power

Daniel Goleman, PhD and Michael Mantell, PhD

1/8/2014

One of the most crucial components to achieving behavior change is maintaining a high level of self-efficacy. Join Dr. Mantell and internationally known psychologist Dr. Daniel Goleman as they discuss strategies to help you remain confident, including how you can identify potential barriers to change.

Episode 12: Being Critical of Propaganda

Derek Flanzraich, greatist.com and Michael Mantell, PhD

12/18/2013

Dr. Mantell joins Greatist CEO and founder Derek Flanzraich. The two will discuss how food marketers entice people with claims of “healthy” and “natural,” and how arming yourself with information can help you avoid propaganda on your next trip to the grocery store.

Episode 11: Organizing Your Life

Chris Freytag, PT, GFI, Health Coach and Michael Mantell, PhD

12/11/2013

Big life changes can either overwhelm people or make them feel refreshed. Internationally recognized fitness expert and ACE-certified professional Chris Freytag joins Dr. Mantell on this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness to discuss that range of emotion and why lifestyle change can mean different things to different people.

Episode 10: It’s Not About Willpower

Pamela Peeke, MD and Michael Mantell, PhD

12/4/2013

Dr. Pamela Peeke, an internationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress and fitness, joins Dr. Mantell for this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness. Join Dr. Peeke and Dr. Mantell as they discuss why ditching the diet mentally and instead committing to permanent lifestyle changes are better than relying solely on ‘willpower’.

Episode 9: Plan Ahead

Sandy Todd Webster and Michael Mantell, PhD

11/27/2013

One challenge to adopting healthy habits is the perception that we don’t have time for physical activity or preparing healthy meals. In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, IDEA Editor in Chief Sandy Todd Webster joins Dr. Mantell to discuss planning and time management.

Episode 8: Goals, Goals, Goals, and Kaizen

Sean Gogarty, BA, PT and Michael Mantell, PhD

11/20/2013

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Mantell is joined by ACE Personal Trainer Sean Gogarty, owner of SGO Fitness in San Diego. The two will expand on the notion of kaizen, the principle of bringing about large changes through continuous improvements, that you learned about in the first episode.

Episode 7: No Longer Full of Regrets

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS and Michael Mantell, PhD

11/13/2013

ACE Personal Trainer Todd Durkin, owner of the highly successful Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, shares why planning for inevitable barriers and inevitable relapses is important to your long-term success. Stay focused and flexible with insight from Durkin and Dr. Mantell on this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness.

Episode 6: How Much is That Again?

Ellyn Levine, MD and Michael Mantell, PhD

11/6/2013

What is “self-talk” and how can it influence your lifestyle change? In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Mantell is joined by Ellyn Levine, MD, a weight loss consultant and physician, who offers her insight on how subconscious thoughts can either help you succeed or completely derail your efforts.

Episode 5: Achieving

Marlene Holloway, Weight Watchers and Michael Mantell, PhD

10/30/2013

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Weight Watchers expert Marlene Holloway joins Dr. Mantell as the two discuss advantages and disadvantages of committing to a behavior change. Discover why decisional balance is so important when considering a lifestyle change.

Episode 4: Know Where You’re Going

Julie Burks, MS, RD, CSSD and Michael Mantell, PhD

10/23/2013

To truly plan out where you’re going, you have to first know where you are. Find out how considering your current eating habits, weight and behaviors related to physical activity over a few days can help you identify areas for improvement. Julie Burks, ACE-certified Health Coach and Semper Fit Dietitian, and Dr. Mantell discuss what you should set your sights on, and how you should get started.

Episode 3: The Gauge: Measurement vs Ideal

Cris Dobrosielski, CSCS, CPT, CHC and Michael Mantell, PhD

10/16/2013

Based on your current eating habits or level of physical activity, it may seem like achieving your most fit life is a long way off. The good news is that will soon change. Instead of getting too eager, make sure you slowly advance to your ideals by taking small steps. Cris Dobrosielski, ACE-certified Health Coach and competitive athlete, joins Dr. Mantell for 15 Minutes to Wellness.

Episode 2: Goals, Goals, Goals

Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC and Michael Mantell, PhD

10/9/2013

Here comes the fun part, setting goals! In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, you’ll learn to develop small steps into specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) goals. Doug Balzarini, ACE-certified Personal Trainer and mixed martial arts expert, joins Dr. Mantell for 15 Minutes to Wellness.

Episode 1: Kaizen

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD and Michael Mantell, PhD

10/2/2013

Discover the Japanese philosophy of kaizen, the principle of bringing about large changes through small, continuous improvements. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, a pediatrician and registered dietitian, joins Dr. Mantell for our premier episode.

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