Thursday, August 12, 2010

Agency life is tough.  Long hours, frequent travel, and an overabundance of food.  We often wind up taking better care of our clients than we do of ourselves.  To battle the jiggle, our Interpublic Group’s Women’s Leadership Network hosted an event at Mullen that attracted 45 powerful agency women, keen to learn how to juggle an intense career with health and wellness.  Tips from Fitness Guru Judy Gettner, Equinox Fitness Center’s Personal Training Manager kicked our motivation into high gear:  “You have to commit.  If you can’t, you won’t change anything”, she told the crowded café full of Mullen, Weber Shandwick, Hill Holliday, and Jack Morton VIPs.  We didn’t dare tell her that to set up for her presentation, we had to clear out a dozen specialty cupcakes, a platter of cheese and ham sandwiches, and wipe off the foam latte from the coffee bar.  It’s close to impossible to not run into some sort of temptation here.

Mara Sansevero, MS, RD, LDN, CDE of the American Diabetes Association debunked a few myths around caloric intake and led a great discussion around healthy eating.  She also gave us a great reason to snack throughout the day, as more frequent smaller meals can help boost metabolism.  Throughout the evening, we drew tickets and raffled off some amazing prizes donated by Google, Saucony, and Equinox Fitness, with proceeds to benefit the American Diabetes Association’s “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes” fundraiser.  The most popular part of the event?  10-minute chair massages provided by Equinox gurus – they rubbed our worries away.