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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you_got_the_power_logo_maria_lauren_riccioThis 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.

 

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Dance to the Music of Grace

Life may have you dancing to an assortment of music and rhythms. I’m a fan of variety but in abundance, it can get confusing and overwhelming. Sometimes, I find myself bouncing off the walls because I’m moving too fast or half awake. Ouch!

My dance training reminds me that spinning and balancing needs a spot of focus. I’m happy to say, I’ve found my focus spot but more about that later.


Now, speaking of dancing news…

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PDS 30th Annual Gypsy Awards – Carol Channing – Lee Hale – The Golddiggers – Alberici Sisters

I recently had the pleasure of doing a little song and dance with some of my fellow performers from The Golddiggers of The Dean Martin TV  Show at the PDS 30th Annual Gypsy Awards in Beverly Hills. It was heart warming to celebrate our Producer/Editor/Musical Director, Lee Hale, as he received a prestigious award for his contribution to the entertainment industry. Also honored were Carol Channing, Mandy Moore, choreographer of the movie, “La La Land,” with featured appearances from Dick Van Dyke, Lily Tomlin, Joe Tremaine, Nigel Lithgoe and many more. I must say it was a wonderful show and a gratifying experience to share this event with my sister, Linda Alberici – Eichberg and our “Golddigger Sisters.”

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My sister and I, Move-n-Groove with a “Happy Hour” of exercise!


Now, back to my focus spot…

When life has me going in multiple directions, that’s a cue for me to pause and pray, ‘Dear Lord, let me hear Your music, steady me in grace as I focus on You.’ 

“My grace is sufficient for you.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

Move-n-Groove in grace,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

“Your Powerful LIFE” 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.