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“Here’s To Your Health” at Mt. Arlington Senior Living

Published May 8, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7193Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

It was a gorgeous day in New Jersey to take a ride up to Mt. Arlington Senior Living.

This was the fourth time I was hired to present there as a public speaker. It’s a lovely facility and the first place I ever gave a lecture at, back in September, 2013!

Mt. Arlington Senior Living is very health conscious, so for the third time I presented “Here’s to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking.”

As always, the seniors had a great time. This group was very inspiring. Every single person exercised regularly. No one smoked (it’s not allowed in the facility anyway). And some even impressed me with their knowledge of apple cider vinegar and eating backwards (breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper) — something I’ve been doing on and off for ages!

It was so adorable that my lecture was after their Cracker Barrel ( luncheon.

And I got a kick out of their Mt. Arlington Daily News which read:

2:00 Here’s to You Health w/Maryanne

I love how it’s simply “Maryanne” (like “OPRAH” or “CHER”!) Ah … the little things in life, right? You gotta laugh.

Anyway, here is the synopsis for my program:

Here’s To Your Health and the Benefits of Walking Synopsis

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist, author and public speaker with a great passion for health and nutrition. She’s the former editor of NJ Health & Fitness magazine and had a health column called “Here’s to Your Health” that was published online. Her work was also published in Skinny News magazine.

Maryanne has interviewed many celebrities about health and fitness including supermodels Oleda Baker and Carol Alt, and health advocates/authors Patricia Bragg, Paul Nison and David Wolfe.

She also had the opportunity to interview Jack LaLanne but he passed away two weeks prior to the interview. Nevertheless, she received a lovely email from his family, praising her efforts.

In her presentation, “Here’s to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking” she offers simple health tips she learned from experts in the health field – and it won’t cost a dime!

Maryanne creates a friendly atmosphere where the audience can participate.

If anyone would like this program for their senior group, senior center, etc. please contact me at: for pricing and availability. Will travel for the right price.


Lecturing on Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Published September 14, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_2377Me and activities director, Aubrey Evans at Mt. Arlington Senior Living, New Jersey

For the past few years, lecturing on health and nutrition has been a dream of mine, as my passion is health and nutrition and throughout the year 2012 I had three clients who were nutritionists and chiropractors that I’ve helped get gigs lecturing. I thought to myself, if I could do this for others — why not do it for myself? I’ve been a health food advocate since 2003 and writing about health since then. In 2008 I was the editor for NJ Health & Fitness magazine. I had my own health column in the NJ Patch online called “Here’s to Your Health.” And currently I am writing for Skinny News magazine.

Over the years I’ve interviewed many celebrities about health and fitness including supermodels Oleda Baker and Carol Alt and health advocates Patricia Bragg, Paul Nison and David Wolfe. I also had the opportunity to interview Jack LaLanne but he passed away two weeks prior to the interview.

So, needless to say, when Aubrey Evans invited me to speak at Mt. Arlington Senior Living, I was thrilled! In honor of my former health column, I called my lecture “Here’s to Your Health.”

For 45 minutes I spoke to seniors about a few easy things you could do for your health that don’t cost a dime!

I spoke of the benefits of eating slow, not smoking, keeping active and getting a good night’s rest.

But not only did I speak, I allowed the seniors to share their experiences in health and fitness. It was truly inspiring that so many of them were not smokers, kept active (including the ones that were chair bound) and got a good night’s sleep.

They were all wonderful! I enjoyed giving the lecture and they enjoyed me so much I was invited back, late October!

One lady said to me, “You’re really making us like you!” It was so cute. I love the seniors!

Vinegar Worth Bragg-ing About

Published September 7, 2013 by Maryanne

braggs_acv_1The following article originally ran in my column “Here’s to Your Health” and was originally published in The Patch online. They’ve since changed their website and so many amazing articles are gone forever. LUCKILY I found this in my in-box!

Here’s to Your Health

“Vinegar worth Bragg-ing about”

By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

I love vinegar!

I put vinegar on everything: vegetables, fish, brown rice, bread and even on French fries if I’m in a cheating mood.

There are so many types of vinegar that can be used for culinary flavoring: balsamic, rice, malt, sherry, red wine, and white wine, to name a few.

But the one vinegar that offers more than flavoring is apple cider vinegar – real apple cider vinegar that’s raw, organic, unfiltered and containing “the mother” which is a stringy substance floating around in the bottle. When you see “the mother” in a bottle of vinegar that is when you know you have the real deal; a product with its nutrients intact.

Real apple cider vinegar is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented. Real vinegar contains a ton of vitamins and minerals. It’s the only vinegar I keep in my home.

Bragg Live Foods (which include Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar “with The Mother”) were founded by Dr. Paul C. Bragg, a health crusader who opened the first health food store in 1912. Crippled by TB as a teenager, Paul Bragg developed his own eating and exercise program which got him back into top health. He excelled in running, swimming, biking, progressive weight training and mountain climbing, and thus went on to begin his health crusade helping people from all walks of life.

I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Bragg’s daughter, who is also a health crusader and health guru to the stars (including Katy Perry, Clint Eastwood, Cloris Leachman and The Beach Boys, to name a few!)

“You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do,” Patricia said. “It’s so important to be a good captain of your life.”

In addition to eating a vegan diet (which includes beans and brown rice) with 60 percent raw vegetables daily, Patricia has an apple cider drink three times a day for her health.

Mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water balances sugar, balances acid/alkaline, eliminates constipation, improves digestion, retards the onset of old age, relieves PMS, and assists in weight loss. This mixture also helps get rid of minor skin rashes and improves skin texture. And I can certainly attest to that – at 47-years of age, I do not have cellulite!

Patricia rubs the vinegar all over her skin. She said, “My face looks like a shining apple!” She recommends using the vinegar as a hair rinse to get rid of dandruff. It can also be used to get rid of shingles, sunburn and mosquito bites. It can also be used as a gargle for sore throats.

“All our singers gargle with it,” Patricia said, and shared that singer Katy Perry consumes the vinegar drinks three times a day to keep her vocal chords strong.

And the drink helped Cloris Leachman get rid of her asthma. “Things like this happen all the time,” said Patricia.

Real apple cider vinegar has been around since the beginning of time. Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” has used the vinegar around 400 B.C.; Julius Ceasar used it as a tonic to ward off disease; and in Japan, warriors drank it for power.

“The ‘mother’ is the miracle,” Patricia said, referring to the stringy substance in the bottle. “The mother is the mother enzyme that forms from the apples. In the early days they all [all the apple cider vinegars] had ‘the mother.’”

But in the late 1930s and 1940s, consumers thought that real apple cider vinegar looked “dirty.”

Manufactures started boiling vinegar, killing “the mother” and then straining it.

Fortunately the organic, unfiltered, nutritious “mother” is available today in health food stores and even supermarket chains such as Shop Rite and A&P. Everyone can enjoy this delicious tart vinegar and all of  it has to offer.

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