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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.
KRISTY LAMB – EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Kristy joined Changing Habits in June 2013 and has had various roles within the company, including customer service and special projects before moving across to Education Coordinator of Functional Nutrition Academy. Kristy worked closely with Steve during the development of the Functional Nutrition Course, and is most excited to utilise her skills as the department grows.
Kristy’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Environmental Planning and Certificate IV in Training and Assessing. This background in science coupled with extensive experience in project management, teamed with her passion for nutrition and compassion for students makes her our ideal coordinator in education.
NATASHA EVERINGHAM – EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR
Natasha, or Tash as she prefers to be called, joined Changing Habits in February 2015. Her role here is looking after special projects and working closely with Kristy in education as the administrator. Tash has been a personal trainer for the last 5 years and loves helping people transform their lives through fitness and nutrition.