Health & Wellness Trendsetters are leading the way in helping people live healthier, happier lives by changing their eating and exercise habits and learning how to effectively deal with stress, so that they can maintain a healthy weight and keep their bodies moving.
Sandi Feaster, RN, MS, MBA and her husband, William Feaster, MD, MBA, are both beyond 60, but still working and actively engaged in living a healthy, long life. They have watched their parents struggle with preventable diseases (COPD – from smoking and heart disease – from stress and hypertension), or from no real discernable disease, just no longer engaging in life and “living to die”. They know they don’t want to live like that and will wager that you don’t either.
Two years ago, Sandi and her husband started a healthy aging blog called “Turning 60 and Beyond” where they share their personal experiences and provide tips for enjoying a full and rewarding life after 60.
They use their prolific medical knowledge, natural curiosity, and simple trial and error to explore and share ways to age in the best way possible. Their call to action is: “We will disrupt aging and not accept “being old!” They invite their readers to “Join our journey!”
Sandi also teaches Health-e Aging courses in several locations. Her long-term goal is to grow her health and wellness business as a speaker, author and coach. Sandi is definitely a Health & Wellness Trendsetter!
Health & Wellness Trendsetters
Health & Wellness Trendsetters are people who are leading the way in focusing on what we can do to continue to be healthy and productive as we age.
Interview with Health & Wellness Trendsetter Sandi Feaster
1. What is your background?
I am a nurse by training. My nursing career has taken a non-traditional, but rewarding route. I started off in adult/pediatric intensive care, moved into clinical research and teaching, and then went to work with medical device companies for many years. As my nursing colleagues said to me, I went to the dark side.
The most notable device company was Nellcor, an early manufacturer of the pulse oximeter, which was a game changer in anesthesia and critical care. Pulse oximeters are now ubiquitous in healthcare and are even in the home for many people.
I then partnered with a former Nellcor colleague as a founding member and clinical architect of a disease management company. Our philosophy was to provide supported self-care for those with congestive heart failure, diabetes, COPD and asthma. Supported self-care meant we worked collaborative with the patients’ healthcare provider and our team provided coaching support – thus the patients had outside support in addition being encouraged to manage their own care and lifestyle.
From there I went back to the hospital environment doing performance improvement (utilizing LEAN techniques) to help improve various process flows in two children’s hospitals (ex: emergency room wait times).
I was then recruited to the position of assistant dean for immersive and simulation based learning at Stanford School of Medicine. We trained a variety of students (medical and nursing) and practicing clinicians using simulation (mannequin and patient actors were a few tools we used).
2. What inspired/motivated you to get into the health and wellness field?
I have always been an advocate for good health, but have not always practiced healthy habits. Seeing and caring for people with chronic disease taught me that lifestyle is a huge component in leading to some of these conditions.
I have also watched my family struggle with their own health and decided that I did not want to be like them. I was about 20 pounds overweight and had to have surgery and radiation treatment for invasive basal cell cancer (into my sternum). I said to myself “ENOUGH, get healthy.”
I wanted to live a healthy productive life. That was my pivotal moment and I began running more and eating better and I lost those 20 pounds. Now at 64, I compete in triathlons and half marathons. I am hoping to get others who are 60 and beyond into my wellness tribe.
3. What is most rewarding to you about your profession?
What I find rewarding is seeing people take ownership of their own health and have that aha moment which turns the corner for them. It is very different and individual. Behavior change is really the Holy Grail.
4. As a trendsetter, what do you predict will be the next big trend in your industry?
I think wearables will become part of our health and wellness. I believe that we will be better able to monitor our health with wearable technology, be it heart rate monitoring, lactate levels, sweat, etc. I also think that as people begin to see data, it can help them understand trends and fine tune what they are doing. The technology also shows the user trends and lifestyle habits that are either healthy or unhealthy. The goal is to use this information to make course corrections.
5. What tips/advice would you give for someone trying to achieve optimal health?
My advice is to take small steps at a time, find a buddy or a coach to help hold you accountable to reach your goal.
Here are two examples:
If you want to lose 25 lbs., start with losing 5 lbs. in one month. Log in your weight and share it with your coach or buddy.
If you want to run a ½ marathon, start by walking 10 minutes each day for a week and build from there. Have a friend join you and write it down or use an app or watch to log the information. Share, Share, Share!!!
6. What is your favorite healthy meal?
One of my favorite meals is a fresh kale salad with prawns or other non-meat protein on top sprinkled with some Temecula Olive Oil and a little vinegar. We’re growing kale in our garden, and oh it is yummy.
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