~ Radio Producer & Host of
Healthy People Radio ~
MIND-BODY-SOUL Radio ~ featuring medical
nutrition therapy, integrative medicine & everything in-between!!!
ZTalk Radio: May 18, 2010 to present
- BlogTalk Radio: March 30, 2011
...currently on hiatus
- WRUW 91.1 FM – Cleveland Radio ~
- WERE 1300 AM – Cleveland Radio ~
~ Public health
education events ~
radio shows interviews, television shows (in 1997 produced and hosted a show
on the Cleveland-Akron Television Network C.A.T. ~ and have an internet
TV show coming soon on UStream.com), workshops, seminars,
discussion groups, corporate wellness...
Helene has conducted educational events for: American Heart
Association, Mount Sinai Heart Institute, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, National
Association for Women in Careers, Case Western Reserve University, John
Carroll University, OASIS [Older Adult Service & Information System],
Tri-City Consortium on Aging, PROCONSUL [public relations], First National
Supermarkets, FIGGIE International, Sherwin Williams, PPG [Pittsburgh Paint
& Glass], Whole Life Expo [1998 & 1999], Wild Oats Natural Marketplace
monthly “therapeutic grocery tours”/ Television producer & host
[1996-1997] of “HealthStyle with Helene” on the Cleveland-Akron Television
network and Healthy People Radio on 1300 WERE AM and 91.1 WRUW FM [1998-2003]
facilitator / public speaker [1986 to
Examples: University of
California, San Diego 2nd & 3rd Annual Healthy Heart Expo, "KILLERS in the KITCHEN",
Whole Foods, "Rx GROCERY TOURS" (Beverly Hills, CA), SPECTRUM Health
Club (Canoga Park, CA).
Nutrition Therapy [1984 to present]
for those who suffer from heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome or “syndrome X”, hypertension, eating disorders,
depression, mid-life crises ~ provide on-line medical nutrition therapy via http://healthypeople.com/medical
WORK WITH ENDOCRINOLOGY
2005-2007: Upon relocating from Cleveland, Ohio to San Diego, California to
L.A., I began working for The Metabolic Health Center, under the direction of Norman
Lavin, M.D., an
Endocrinologist/UCLA Medical Professor. I provided counseling for his adult and pediatric patients with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, heart disease, depression, and anxiety as well as those suffering from symptoms of mid-life crises.
I would see anywhere from 3-13 patients per day. We used bio-impedance technology to measure basal metabolic rate, % body fat, lean mass, level of hydration, etc. Progress was also measured by a drop in
Hemoglobin or Hb A1C or an improvement of one’s fasting blood sugars and lipid profiles. I designed a patient hand-out, entitled:
“Golden Rules for a Metabolic Makeover.”
WORK WITH CARDIOLOGY
1990-92: Cardiac Dietitian/Nutrition Consultant for Dale Adler, M.D., Co-Chief, Mount Sinai Hospital Heart Institute.
I began my career as a cardiac dietitian, counseling cardiac patients at the Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Cardiology. I then combined my R.D. expertise with the exercise physiology internship and took blood pressures as patients exercised at the rehab center, provided workshops and therapeutic grocery tours. In addition, I created a series of video-taped
patient support workshops.
1993-95: Served as Staff Nutritionist/Exercise Physiologist for the American Heart
Association, Northeast Ohio Affiliate. I managed committees, walking clubs, nutrition seminars and cardiac symposiums for health professionals.
THERAPEUTIC GROCERY TOURS, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS & SYMPOSIUMS
University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center, Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular
Center annual Healthy Heart Expo,
“Top 10 Killers in the Kitchen” – January, 2008 & 2009
SPECTRUM Health Club (Canoga Park): “METABOLIC MAKEOVER Checklist Review” – October, 2006
Whole Foods Market, Beverly Hills, CA: Health Fest – April, 2006, “Rx Grocery
Wild Oats Marketplace, Cleveland, 2000-2003, Therapeutic Grocery Tours (monthly workshops)
Cuyahoga County Public Library , “Balancing Act: Strategies for Managing Menopause”, 2002
Cuyahoga County Public Library, “The Food, Mood and Blood Sugar Connection”, 2002
Cuyahoga County Public Library, “Therapeutic Kitchen Makeover for the New Millennium”, 2000
Borders Books at La Place, Cleveland , Ohio: “Helene’s Health Scene” …a book club, 1999
Metabolic Makeover Lifestyle Makeover evening workshops, 1998
American Heart Association Symposium: “Cardiovascular Nutrition Research”, 1993
Cleveland Dietetic Association Seminar: “Nutrition is Our Business”
Whole Life Expo, “Metabolic Makeover” Seminars, 1998 & 1999
~ I X [International Exposition] Center: Cleveland , Ohio
MEDIA WORK ~ Radio & Television
Appearances / Writer: health reporter / journalist / author:
HEALTHY PEOPLE RADIO Host/Producer
[1998-2003]-[off hiatus: 2010]: Interviewed local authors, medical doctors, (traditional/integrative) & allied health pros
1998-2003 Produced a health-talk radio show. Commercial health-talk radio show, on WERE AM 1300 was sponsored by Tree Of Life, natural products distributor and a variety of local health providers. Non-commercial show on WRUW FM 91.1, broadcasted to seven counties Northeast Ohio.
Visit http://healthypeople.com for a partial list of guests and program topics.
Provided on-air nutrition education on a variety of hot nutrition topics plus featured the
Metabolic Makeover checklist.
1996-97 Produced & hosted a health-talk television show, HealthStyle with Helene broadcasted on local UHF stations [ Ch. 29 & Ch. 35], The Cleveland-Akron Television Network. The show was an interactive health education program. I took live calls from viewers for the first half of the show, and interviewed experts during the second half. I also highlighted a variety of hot nutrition topics.Channel 35, CAT [Cleveland-Akron Television Network]
~ "HEALTH STYLE with Helene" television show
2000-2003 Advertised in RTIR [Radio –Television Interview
Report] to promote my book & radio show.
As a result, was invited on radio shows all over the United States and throughout the world including:
New York City , San Francisco , Philadelphia , Miami , Detroit , Toronto Canada and United Kingdom [ UK ].
Multiple visits on ABC: The Morning Exchange, WEWS, Noon News: WEWS Ch. 5 &, Fox News Ch. 11
Local Cleveland Expert & Authority on Nutrition --
Helene Berk, M.Ed., R.D. was often quoted in print:
“Put The Yummy In Natural Foods”, The Plain Dealer, Friday, July 18, 2003
“Where To Go”, The Plain Dealer, Friday, May 23, 2003, p. 53, p. 57
“On A Mission”, Cleveland Free Times, “Body & Soul” column, July 29-Aug.4, 1998, p.19
“Nutritionist says listen, trust”, Sun Messenger Page C2, Thurs, April 16, 1998
“Learning The Labels”, Cleveland Magazine, October, 1994 p. 84-86
“Ten Myths About Heart Disease”, Living Well Column, Northern Ohio Live, p.23-4, February 1994
“An Apple A Day”, Cleveland Magazine, December, 1993, p. 17-18
Local Cleveland Journalist/Columnist – examples of articles include:
“Fat-Free and Triglyceride Rich”, Healthcare News, February 1995, p. 20
“Worksite is Newest Good Food Environment”, HealthSense, The Consumer Voice of Medical Care.” May, 1990, Volume 3, Number 2. Front page, cont. on p.5
“Beat Fat Habits: set & accomplish achievable goals”, The Business Review, May, 1990, p.8
Columnist, “Fit For Life” [1995-96], Recovery Exchange [distributed in Cleveland & Akron , Ohio ]: Examples of column topics include:
“Spring into Fitness with Hearty Fare”, The Recovery Exchange, March/April, 1996. p.16
“Getting High on Carbohydrates?”, The Recovery Exchange, July/August, 1996. p.14-15.
“Physical Fitness in 30 Minutes a Day? Sure You Can!”, The Recovery Exchange, September/October 1996. p. 14-15.
“Eat that Chocolate Chip Cookie”, The Recovery Exchange, Nov./Dec. 1996.p. 20-1
“Fit For Life” [1995-96], Recovery Exchange [distributed in Cleveland & Akron, Ohio]
PUBLISHING COMPANY Health Commitment Inc. or HCI
1994-2005: HCI publishing company. Mission : to publish reliable, leading edge medical nutrition therapy.
Metabolic Makeover …for a new millennium (soon to be reprinted), 1998,
Health Commitment Publishing Co., Cleveland. [ISBN: 0-9663748-0-0]1998
Be Lean, Healthy and Energetic! Medical Health Planner, Health Commitment Publishing Co., Cleveland. [ISBN: 0-9663748-6-X] 1999
Web Site first published: 1995 http://healthypeople.com
COLLEGE EDUCATION & INTERNSHIPS:
·  Bachelors Degree in Nutrition Science. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
·  Masters Degree in Education & Exercise Science. Cleveland State University, OH
·  Exercise Physiology Internship. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
· [1990-93] Cardiac Dietitian/Cardiac Rehabilitation Internship. Mt Sinai Hospital, Cleveland
ANYTHING ELSE? I am passionate about:
educating the public about dangers of genetically modified organisms in
our food supply and in medicine cabinets ...organic foods, non-toxic products, dancing, nature, hiking, walking, drawing, sculpting, saving dogs/cats in distress & assisting people with