Seven Paths to Self Esteem
Five Paths for Resiliency in Changing Times
Each of us has, deep inside, a spark whose purpose is to become a "flame."
This spark is the center of your humanness - the real you. No matter how many
crises a person has experienced and no matter how many times a person may have
felt defeated and alone their "spark" remains - waiting to be kindled again.
That spark is our self esteem. Turning the spark into a flame is empowering and can
lead to actualization of our potential. This health promotion oriented presentation
outlines seven steps to build the self esteem that keeps the flame of our living process burning bright.
It reminds us of the power of our mind in building or destroying self esteem, the
power of our heart in directing our feelings and emotions and the gift in our gut -
our wise women's intuition.
Smart Exercise, Smart Eating,
Resilience is essential to meet life's difficult changes.
In these troubled times it becomes even more important to
be able to manage the change that unexpected setbacks and
unwanted adversities bring. Highly resilient people know how
to bounce back and find a way to have things turn out well.
They thrive in constant change because they are flexible, agile,
creative, adapt quickly and learn from experience.
Everyone has the potential to develop resiliency. This presentation
addresses the five paths to finding that living process inside us including:
- 1. The physical skills path to health and well being
- 2. The mental skills path to continue to be able to learn
- 3. The social skills path to building nurturing relationshps
- 4. The emotional skills path to managing emotions and feelings
- 5. The spiritual skills path to assure renewal
& Smart Behaviors
(alternative title:) Have A Heart
Appropriate for keynote
Lecture (45 minutes) or workshop (3 hours)
Research is now proving what we've known for a long time. Good
health is about much more than exercising and eating low fat
diet. A truly balanced lifestyle on the go deals with physical, mental,
emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual well being. Ronda Gates
has spent more than twenty years evolving a lifestyle concept that gives
folks the information they need to be their own best exercise, nutrition
and weight management consultant. Her concepts have been captured in a
series of best selling books including her most recent publication, co-authored
with nutritional biochemist, Covert Bailey, Smart Eating.
and/or workshop introduces the audience to Ronda's ten guidelines that
address the metabolic, physiological and psychological issues related to
nutrition, exercise and weight management in a way that will turn
your people on to health.
Each of these segments could also be an individual talk or workshop/seminar
- Assessments for Smart Goals
- Never Crash Diet
- Eat for Optimum Health
- Be a Savvy Consumer
- Exercise is More Than a Workout
- Stop Look & Listen
- Identify Supporters and Saboteurs
- Know Your Family
- Make Smart Change
- Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Stress -- A Humorous Perspective
alt: Stress - You're Breaking My Heart
Appropriate for keynote lecture or interactive workshop
Ask women what their 3 most important health issues and they'll inevitably
mention stress. The laced with humor presentation is one any woman can
relate to. Ronda reveals the physiological and psychological effects of
stress and uses anecdotes to help her audience identify and defuse the
stresses that make us tired, self-doubting, overworked and self-critical.
This presentation will trigger an understanding of the everyday thoughts,
habits and behaviors which add often unnecessary stresses to our life. Then
she offers six simple strategies to resolve the stress encumbered lifestyle.
In describing the lecture the Cincinnati Enquirer said, "Ronda got
attention, laughs and nods of recognition as she discussed how to understand
and control the causes of stress in women's lives."
Pills & Promises ---
Weight Loss, Youth, and Memory
Appropriate for keynote or breakout session
Lecture- minimum 45 minutes
Everyone wants to lose weight, stay young, maintain their memory and get
rich quick and effortlessly. There are so many vitamins, minerals, herbs,
supplements, shakes and plans on the market (and folks who preach their
virtues) it's no wonder we're confused about the myriad of choices
available to us. After the recent experience with weight loss medications
our population is interested in learning how to ferret out the fact from
the fiction and to protect their long term health and welfare Gates, a
practicing pharmacist for 17 years prior to her entry into the educational
health promotion business weaves a path for her audience through the facts
and fallacies that surround this sensitive subject.
Ready, Set, Grow
Appropriate for keynote
This presentation, appropriate for a keynote to close the day's activities,
provides your audience with seven strategies to support creation of a
practical action plan for lifestyle change. They'll learn how to define
SMART goals, understand the LAPSE process, identify supporters, make small
change and focus on what's important. Ronda shares humorous anecdotes based
on her experience as a nurturing agent for change in women's lives.
(Can also be modified for morning keynote to focus on how to make best use
The Weighting Game
or What Oprah Learned The Hard Way
Appropriate for Keynote (40 mins up) or Lecture - 1-3 hours
It's crazymaking. Media ads for weight loss programs are followed by jingles
that encourage us to enjoy beer, chips and other high fat foods.
Magazines offer weight loss or low fat cooking articles followed
by directions to make gourmet chocolate cakes. No wonder we can't "just
do it". Ronda's skill at developing weight management
strategies that work has made her one of the most sought after consultants
nationwide. She'll use humorous anecdotes and clear diagrams to make scientific
research easy to understand, reveal professional secrets, and provide you
with a ten guideline strategy to move away from a yo-yo diet lifestyle
to a healthier way of managing your weight for people who don't
have a full time personal trainer, cook or 2-3 hours a day to exercise. A review of this presentation in an industry publication included, "Ronda
Gates common sense, humorous approach to lifestyle change roasted all those
insufferable diet docs and the fat-free-industry scam artists in their own
Dance With Depression
Lecture 1 hour
From a simple case of the blues to a full blown depressive event, statistics
reveal that Americans experience a seriously depressive episode at
least 3 times in their life. We are often described as the Prozac generation.
In fact depression crosses all ages and lifestyles and if you don't experience
it yourself, chances are you work or play with someone who does.
This upbeat presentation addresses the psychological, physiological,
metabolic, social and spiritual issues of this sometimes debilitating experience
and provides experience, strength, hope and unfolds strategies for
rejoining the dance of life.
Beyond Self Defeating Behaviors
Lecture or workshop 1.5 hours minimum
"I know what I need to do, I just can't seem to do it." Whether
the issue is procrastination, overeating, lack of exercise, or poor time
management, self defeating behaviors are disruptive to our potential for
being the best we can be. This workshop will lead participants through
a process which helps identify the origins of a self defeating behavior
then outline a strategy for managing it more effectively.
Beyond Fit or Fat
Lectures- minimum 45 minutes ea.
These are each 45 minute lectures though some could be expanded During
her ten year professional collaboration with nutritional biochemist and
best selling author, Covert Bailey, Ronda was instrumental in the creation
of the Fit or Fat licensing program and production of Bailey's 13
part PBS series. She also contributed to his newsletters and managed other
Bailey projects. Their last effort prior to Bailey's retirement
was creation of Smart Eating, a current best seller that revitalizes Baileyís
target diet concept and provides more than 200 recipes. Gates developed
a number of workshop experiences as an outgrowth of her work with Bailey
that form the basis for her 4 day Portland based Lifestyles Institute.
All of these workshops which teach smart exercise and smart eating habits
have been offered to the general public in a variety of venues. Many follow
the content of the PBS series and include:
- All About Body Fat
- Height and Weight Charts That Work
- How Muscles Work
- Potbellies & Thunder Thighs
- Body Fat in America
- Muscle in on Your Metabolism
- The Target Diet
- Crash Diets & Other Weight-Loss Tricks
- Comparing Exercises
- Sugar & Other Carbohydrates
- Steroids, Cholesterol & Other Fats
CHANGE - Crisis or Opportunity?
Lecture .. 45 - 60 minutes
Change is a fact of life. But today's rapid rate of change can be a tidal
wave. Job changes, promotions, single parenting, aging parents--today's
common stresses may leave you feeling helpless, angry, guilty or depressed
about the loss of what's familiar. You can't always control change but
it can be managed. And, you can control your response to the inevitable--predicted
or not predicted. If the tidal wave has you in its grip, this session provides
strategies that are useful in a variety of situations to get you to shore!!
Women's Health, Women's Wealth
Lecture 45 - 60 minutes
Women who work (and that can mean staying at home) continue to be a significant
role model for many people. The pressures of that responsibility can interfere
with a woman's ability to have a balanced lifestyle. Crisis reduced
living begins when you can step back and rediscover what is really important
to you, identify those areas which cause you the most stress and begin
to use a variety of time tested strategies for achieving balance. This
workshop will help women maintain their priorities and manage the complexities
of combining a personal and professional life.
SMART WALKING-10,000 STEPS TO HEALTH
Workshop ... 1-1/2 to 3 hours
Walking is the most popular exercise in the U. S., New research reveals that
if we walk, climb, sprint or dance 10,000 steps a day we can be assured of
good health. Ronda's walking workshop teaches particpants the proper walking
technique that can turn a out of shape body into a fit one. Yoou'll learn
strategies to make walking a viable fitness and weight loss strategy. There
is also an option for each participant to receive, and learn to use, a
pedometer and/or a MIO watch to assure proper pace in a session where the
novice and experienced walker can be in the same session.
It Takes All Types
Interactive Workshop: 3 hours minimum
Personality profiling is the most widely used tool in corporate America
to help employees improve communication, understand work patterns, identify
leadership styles and manage people and projects. In addition it can be
used in the fitness environment to help us understand our behaviors and,
thus, those of our students and clients. If I'm a "just do it"
kind of teacher, how can I relate to someone who wants and needs support.
If I'm a playful instructor, what kind of adjustments do I need to make
in a class if it's filled with analytical exercisers. If you know type
you can design programming that has its own built in compliance. Respected
weight control researcher, Kelly Brownell, believes Ronda has hit on a
significant piece of the compliance puzzle. This session will reveal many
of her secrets and make them useful to you.
Burning Fat, Getting Fit, Choosing Wisely, Living Lean
Appropriate for Lecture/Breakout session- minimum 45 minutes
Everyone wants to lose fat. Not much wonder we have so many low fat
cookbooks, diets and exercise machines that have "fat burning" buttons. Ads
promote body images that can't be attained by 98% of our population and
we're encouraged to use diets that fail for 95% of those who try them.
Foods are advertised as good or bad, and even if you choose to read the
label they may mislead you. Who can you believe? Ronda will provide you
with the insight you need to ferret through the myths and misconceptions
about exercise and diet and set a personal course of action to becoming
your own best nutrition consultant!
With each year a woman ages, her risk of an osteoporosis based fracture
increases more significantly than her risk of heart disease or cancer. Stats
indicate that for those over the age of 50, one of every two women and one in
eight men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture before they die. This
talk ferrets fact from fiction regarding this lifestyle related disease,
identifies risk factors, overviews assessment protocol, reviews treatments
available to treat the disease then provides prevention strategies every
woman needs to know.
This lecture and/or workshop is an overview of the strategies used in the successful weight and lifestyle management program ronda created for the st. helena hospital center for health. It includes an eight day plan that addresses the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual perspectives guaranteed to stop diabetes and heart disease in its tracks.
Pills and Promises II
Appropriate for Keynote or Interactive Workshop
As a pharmacist, nutritionist and adult development specialist Ronda's prime focus, especially for the aging population, is to be able fact from fiction when it comes to medical conundrums. You'll understand more about the interactions between food, prescriptions and over the counter herbs and supplements including what's safe and what's not safe.
Quackery: The Ultimate in Fake News
Appropriate for Keynote or Workshop
Attention-getting media and the sharing of medical anecdotes too often sets the stage when it come to options for self-care. Learn immediately useful skills to ferret fact from fiction when it comes to evaluating the health related TV and print ads.