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Meriden woman shaking up a healthy diet

by Holly Davis
Tina Wright has opened a nutrition and wellness club in Meriden. “Healthfully You” opened April 17.

 

Tina Wright, Meriden, prepares a smoothie with vitamins, minerals, and protein in the kitchen at “Healthfully You,” which she just opened. Photo by Holly Davis

Tina Wright, Meriden, prepares a smoothie with vitamins, minerals, and protein in the kitchen at “Healthfully You,” which she just opened. Photo by Holly Davis

The club sells nutritional products such as protein smoothies that include 20 vitamins and minerals in a variety of flavors, herbal teas, aloe vera, multivitamins, and protein bars.

Memberships and wellness evaluations are available for free and come with a complimentary smoothie.

Wright opened her business after finding success with her own personal health issues. As an active and healthy woman, she discovered shocking news after going for an annual checkup by the doctor. Although she had been an avid runner and ate healthy, Wright’s cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein were at their peak. She was also dealing with fibromyalgia, tendinitis, neck and digestive issues, and had a herniated disk. The doctor informed her that she was also pre-diabetic and offered medication to better her health. Wright refused the use of medication and sought out a more natural and healthy approach.

She discovered “Feel Good Nutrition,” a Topeka club where she learned the benefits of nutrition and supplements. Within the first week, Wright felt a difference just by changing her diet. She managed to decrease her cholesterol and LDL within no time.

“I felt so much better and had so much more energy. Rather than going home after work and taking a nap, I had time to spend with my kids and had the energy to go out and ride bikes,” Wright said.

After hearing of all the success stories of other members of the club, Wright wanted to share her own with the community. Her goal is to spread health awareness throughout the community and therefore improve the health of the surrounding counties as well.

“I heard a shocking statement on ‘Nightline’ that one out of three children is overweight. That’s too many health issues,” Wright said. She knew she had to make a change.

After another business shut down in Meriden, she took the initiative to lease the building and start her own business.

“It’s such a cute little spot that’s accessible for the community,” Wright said. The club is located in Countryside Square near the grocery store.

“Healthfully You” is a walk-in club and store with free Wi-Fi. “It’s a great place to socialize and have a healthy and yummy smoothie or herbal green tea,” Wright said.

All of the products Wright sells are through the company “Herbalife” and are science formulated to work with each other, she said. These products include some that activate cells and help fight off cravings. The vitamins are not “mega-dosed,” which helps to guarantee that more nutrients absorb within the body, she explained.

Wright has been trained as a wellness coach and provides weigh-ins to help guide customer’s health needs. “My program is not ‘a one thing fits all’ and I will help anyone with their personal health goals,” Wright said.

So far, the nutrition club has over 91 members and Wright expects the awareness and positive motivation to keep growing. A sign hangs in the nutrition shop with a motto that Wright lives by: “Be the change you wish to see in this world”— Ghandi.

“I want to bring something to the community so they can make changes,” Wright said.

Members of “Healthfully You” have already had success stories through the weight loss program. “I’ve received thank you notes and stories about how this has changed their lives. It’s the best feeling you could get,” Wright said.

Wright also hopes to incorporate walking and running groups within the club to help benefit those who need group support while dieting and exercising. She also plans to have a boot camp for people to attend.

Originally from Topeka, with five children, Wright has had previous business experince with her restaurants, “K-4 Cafe” in Meriden, which she managed from 2000 to 2002 and “Broadway Cafe” from 2002 to 2004 in Valley Falls.

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