Ms. Namita Nayyar: You help spread awareness about heart attacks and strokes as well as the importance of listening to your body. Tell us how you have been able to achieve and quench your thirst of giving back to the society through this endeavor of yours?
Ms. Kerrie Lee Brown: I think it’s important to give back to the community when you have the means (and experiences) to do so. My heart issues have given me the opportunity to speak to women’s groups and at media conferences; as well as appear on various News channels and morning lifestyle shows to promote Heart Health Awareness Month. Without sounding too cliché, I truly believe that my wake-up call was one of the best things that could have happened to me. I have grown physically, mentally and spiritually from my experiences and I am honored to be able to spread my story to help other women realize the facts about heart disease and what stress can do to the body. I have been asked to write about my experience for various national magazines including Chatelaine and Best Health and have reached thousands of female readers with my message.
Put it this way, if the ultimate goal is to be happy and healthy for our families, jobs, loved ones, and ourselves—then not listening to our bodies is one of the worst things we can do. I learned this first-hand. The mind-body connection is extremely powerful and my new role is to help serve the community the best I can with my message about health and wellness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have been on many radio and talk shows including: The Marilyn Denis Show, CityNews, Breakfast Television, The Montel Williams Show, Extra!, 680 News, The Performance & Nutrition Show, Fit & Firm TV, and Flare TV. Tell us about an experience about anyone of them you still remember and wish to share?
Ms. Kerrie Lee Brown: I have been very fortunate to appear on various television shows and radio programs throughout my career—as well as a guest judge at several international modeling competitions. I remember all of my appearances as they have included discussions on everything from health and fitness, weight loss, stress solutions, parenting tips, beauty and nutrition, celebrity interviews and heart-health. One of the most memorable times was appearing on The Montel Williams Show in New York when I was asked to be on his judging panel for a viewer weight-loss contest. But even more interesting was how I was introduced to Montel in the first place. At the time I was the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the men’s magazine, American Health & Fitness (AHF). The magazine was the first of its kind to feature top sports professionals and celebrities for their fitness and athletic endeavors. We featured Montel on our cover not only because he was extremely fit for his age but also because he had inspired millions of people by talking about his illness Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Montel soon became a friend of mine after the shoot, and when I was invited on his show it was like things had come full circle. He was (and still is!) a true inspiration.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are leading women health and fitness journalist and broadcaster, TV presenter, motivational speaker, radio host, judge, author, work-life coach and a mother. How are you able to manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional, multi-faceted lifestyle?
Ms. Kerrie Lee Brown: It’s true, I have been all of these things, and I am proud of all that I have achieved in my career and personal life. However these titles have also come with a lot of hard work and struggle. When I look back I realize that managing such a prominent CV has come with certain setbacks too. Each new experience has allowed me to learn more about who I am and what I can achieve if I put my mind to it—and therefore “managing” to uphold all of these credentials often means living an unbalanced life. Today I am more aware of my priorities and I have learned to accept what life has thrown at me. I love what I do and that’s very important to stay happy and healthy. Each role has taught me something.
Also, I believe that everything happens for a reason and I intend on using these experiences to better myself and inspire others. Today I am at a new stage in my life. My family and I have moved from Canada to the United States and I’m focusing on new professional goals like writing my next book series and joining a motivational speaking tour. I am also at a stage where my health and family are the most important and my career aspirations have changed, for the better. I am hopeful that my future projects continue to inspire others to lead the lives they deserve filled with balance and happiness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Kerrie Lee Brown: In this digital age, it is so important to have reputable resources online for women to seek health and fitness information. This site has a breadth of knowledge in these areas and allows women from all walks of life to share their stories and inspire others. Whether you’re a celebrity, professional or stay-at-home-mom, you can learn something from those featured on Womenfitness.net.
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Women Fitness Team thanks Kerrie Lee Brown for giving her valuable time for this interview and quenching the thirst of her fans to know more about her and made this interview happen.
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