How I made Healthy Living a Career

The road to well-being was a narrow wilderness when I was growing up but I always felt it was a play ground to be discovered.

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Most days, you can catch me enthusiastically promoting the benefits of exercise for the Center for Healthy Living at Kaiser Permanente. As a Lifestyle Educator, I am happy to bring a lifetime of experience in fitness and healthy to the patients and employees there.

My parents diligently pursued the narrow path to health and brought up their nine children on whole foods that were not processed. My father developed a passion for health early on because he was sickly as a child. So, I was raised on a plant-based diet… no sugar or white flour. When I brought whole wheat bread to my school lunch room, it was not cool! Mind you, this was back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, when most everyone ate white bread.

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The Alberici Family were pioneers in healthy living and eating a plant-based diet.

The value of exercise was in-grained in me by my parents example. There were many books on Yoga and body-building around the house and I loved to read them and imitate the illustrations. This was way before You Tube, fitness videos and CDs.

This healthy way of living led me to being the first woman to win two national fitness titles in one year. My daughter, Marianna is also certified in fitness and displays a zeal to motivate people on how to be more fit.

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Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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“You are the Architect that reconstructs your body, mind and spirit. You are the Chemist that mixes your own formula for success. You are Scientist that creates your own method. You are the Mathematician that makes your life count.” – Marianna Riccio

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No matter where I traveled… I brought fitness and health with me. There was a big chunk of time where I worked as an Entertainer but I always made exercise part of my daily routine.

Most of my showbiz adventures were shared by my sister, Linda. We (Alberici Sisters) wrote a book about it! Beyond Our Wildest Dreams, captures backstage stories of the entertainment icons with whom my sister and performed.

My Kaiser Permanente Journey… started over fifteen years ago in Los Angeles at the Sherman Terrace location. At this facility, I taught body/mind techniques to patients in pain medication rehabilitation.

Then, I brought fitness to the Kaiser Permanente location in Woodland Hills, where I taught the nurses working the night shift. Word got around and I was easily persuaded to teach a variety of exercise classes to the patients and other employees there.

Presently, I am leading fitness classes at the Panorama City, Mission Hills and Santa Clarita facilities. Here, I am proud to be a part of a wonderful team and the members in my classes make my day! We share a sense of family and for this I am grateful.

Hope your Holidays are full of grateful moments.

Be well and be fit,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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Freedom

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The world is full of wonders to behold and temptations that can imprison the soul.

Freedom comes with a price, a sacrifice, courage, wisdom, strength and sometimes tough love.

 

This month, I contemplate the many who defended our freedom and prayerfully remember my dad’s birthday. He was dynamic in his dedication to his family of nine children, leading us in prayer and working tirelessly until his death.

 

When someone asked my dad why he worked so hard. He replied, “I don’t want my children to be pushed around. It’s survival of the fittest!”

 

Speaking of being fit, my dad also instilled in us the values of exercise and healthy living. I’m grateful for that and leaving us a legacy to value prayer, hard work and love. He taught us that the easy road was usually not the best road and to follow Jesus.

 

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Our family prayer

 

“You my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5: 13

 

Wishing you the freedom to love in truth.

 

Maria Lauren,

AKA Maria Elena Alberici

Your Powerful LIFE blog

 

My Website

Maria-Lauren-Alberici-Riccio-motivation-entertainer-fitness-You-Got-The-PowerThis is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.