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CYNDI O’MEARA – FOUNDER & NUTRITIONIST
Not your typical nutritionist, Cyndi disagrees with low-fat, low-calorie diets, believes chocolate can be good for you and thinks cheating and eating yummy food is an important part of a well-balanced diet. Cyndi must be doing something right because she maintains a healthy weight and has never (in her whole life!) taken an antibiotic, pain-killer or any other form of medication. Cyndi is a passionate, determined and knowledgeable speaker on health issues and uses her education and experience to help others improve their quality of life so they too can enjoy greater health and longer lives.
Concerned by the state of our health system and the lack of educated consumers, Cyndi explores relevant and confronting issues such as cancer, diseases, diets, drugs and medication and asks people to make a choice about what they are willing to consume. She raises serious questions such as ‘Is margarine really the answer or is it a major contributor to obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease? Are artificial sweeteners the great low calorie alternative or deadly neurotoxins?’
Her unique, surprisingly simple and down-to-earth approach challenges and encourages others to eliminate unhealthy habits and has inspired thousands to make smarter choices about the food they choose to put into their body. By educating people on how to read food labels, why diets don’t work, and how drugs can affect your total well-being and vitality, Cyndi confronts her audiences with new truths and empowers them to make long lasting changes with simple and achievable steps on how to create healthier habits.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Nutrition from Deakin University in Victoria and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Cyndi also undertook postgraduate studies from RMIT Victoria in human anatomy, pathology, physiology and diplomas in diagnosis and management of health issues.
A highly successful and award-winning businesswomen, Cyndi looks outside conventional thinking to find new ways of balancing her time with family, business and good health to create a wonderful, balanced lifestyle.
A lively and inspiring health expert and lifestyle coach with over 30 years experience, Cyndi O’Meara has regularly appeared across all media to educate people on how to overcome health problems and lead a happy, healthy, high-energy lifestyle.
Since the success of her two international bestselling books ‘Changing Habits, Changing Lives’ and ‘Changing Habits, Changing Lives Cookbook’, and her recent documentary ‘What’s With Wheat?”, Cyndi is in high demand as an international keynote speaker.
DR STEPHEN MYERS – COURSE DIRECTOR
Dr. Steve Myers completed his biomedical science degree and PhD in 2004 from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. During this time he was awarded a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarship for research. Since 2004, Steve has worked extensively as a researcher in metabolic disease and lecturer of biomedical sciences. He has lectured to a diverse audience including international and national conferences, university students, industry and secondary schools.
Steve has been the recipient of several research funding schemes and has received awards for excellence in research and teaching. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journal articles and books, and continues to publish in nutrition and health-related subject areas.
Steve’s interests are in the field of metabolism and the impact of nutrients on metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. He continues to research in this field and has collaborations with The University of Queensland, Melbourne University, University of Tasmania, Kings College, UK and Johns Hopkins University, USA.
He is passionate about teaching and imparting information and knowledge to empower people to be self-directed learners through understanding complex problems and critical thinking. Steve enjoys reading, playing guitar, surfing and cooking Thai food.
NATASHA EVERINGHAN – EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Tash joined Changing Habits in February 2015, in special projects and Education Admin before moving into the role of Education Coordinator in 2018.
Combining her previous experience as a Personal Trainer, her passion for health and nutrition. with her love for helping people grow and transform; she is the perfect fit for her role at FNA (formerly Changing Habits Education).
SUE MOORE – MARKETING OFFICER
Sue joined Changing Habits in March 2016 where she worked within the Marketing team, before moving across to Functional Nutrition Academy as the Marketing Officer. Sue is excited to utilise her marketing skills to grow Functional Nutrition Academy and to spread the benefits of functional nutrition and a vitalistic philosophy.
Sue’s formal qualifications include a CIM Marketing Diploma and a Higher National Diploma in Business and Finance. She has over 20 years marketing experience working in UK, Europe and Australia across the service, retail, consumer, and not for profit sectors.
She is passionate about health, nutrition and creating a ripple effect of change in the world to reduce the current global obesity crisis.
ROBYN PINEL – RTO COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Robyn joined in May 2018, as the RTO Compliance Officer, bringing a wide variety of work experience. Her career has been predominantly in education and training specifically in health and community services, the sports industry and as a secondary school teacher.
Robyn has 14 years’ experience in TAFE in various management roles – Faculty Director for Health, Humanities and Applied Science as well as a Centre Director, which provided her with experience in Education Administration, Registration and Accreditation, ITC and eLearning. She also has experience as a Training Manager and in corporate Learning and Development within the not for profit sector.
Robyn has attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Management, an online Masters in Adult Education and Global Change and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
In her spare time Robyn can be found on the golf course and out cycling or walking.