A Powerful life with Jack LaLanne


Alberici Sisters with Jack LaLanne celebrating his 95th Birthday: Maria Lauren, Jack LaLanne, Linda Eichberg

The beginning of another year and a time to make plans to map out your powerful life! My parents were the GPS that guided me on a positive path but along my journey, there were other motivational people whose purposeful life continue to be a powerful beacon in my life, today.

My sister and I, Alberici Sisters, grew up watching Jack LaLanne on TV. The Jack LaLanne Show was the longest-running health and fitness show in history, airing from 1951 to 1985. Recently, my sister, Linda Eichberg and I sang “Happy Birthday” to Jack LaLanne for his 95th birthday and led participants in 95 “Jumping Jacks” at the Los Angeles Council Chambers. Our enthusiasm shook up the room and Jack’s sense of humor had us all laughing. Now, that’s a prescription for good health!


Jack LaLanne, Godfather of Fitness


Jack LaLanne’s TV show inspired my family to keep healthy and fit. Coincidentally, both my father and Jack LaLanne suffered from illness when they were young boys. That motivated my father to raise his big family of nine children on freshly squeezed vegetable juice and daily exercise. We kept these healthy family values, even before it was popular. 

Being children in the 1960s, we suffered ridicule from our peers for bringing whole wheat bread to school. This was during the ‘wonder bread’ or white bread era. We were not rich but my father and mother were diligent in their struggle to feed all their children healthy and wholesome food. They often told us, “You are what you eat” and “Health is wealth.” These statements were a positive influence that guided me to be the first woman to win two National Fitness Titles, all in one year. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former Mr. Olympia was one of the judges and handed me my trophy.


Maria Lauren, (aka) Maria Elena Alberici, National Fitness Champ


POWERFUL EVENTS: I’ve been blessed to have had the inspiration of “Power People” touch my life. Another fitness pioneer is Joe Weider. Recently, I was pleased to be one of the speakers to share the podium with Joe at the first National Fitness Day in LA., a part of the Shape Up America Campaign held in Los Angeles, California.


SHARING FITNESS VALUES TODAY: Continuing my passion for fitness, I’ve extended my expertise as an on-staff Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Pemanente where I teach exercise classes. According to a joint ranking by U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance, we offer the top-ranked health plans in the nation in both Medicaid and Medicare.


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: This month we celebrate another “Powerful Life,” Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Become the change that you want to see in your life. Strive to be consistent, trusting in the power that created you. Nobody is perfect, so there will be little failures and little successes, even little miracles. I believe in miracles. Do you?


Wishing you many blessings,

Maria Lauren, AKA: Maria Elena Alberici 

Dean-Martin-&-Alberici-Sisters-book,-Beyond-Our-Wildest-DreamsBeyond Our Wildest Dreams, tells the story of two sisters growing up with healthy values and entertaining with showbiz icons that include the Rat Pack.

Book preview

  • Keynote Speakers and Lifestyle Educators “You Got The Power”
  • Entertainers “Showstoppers”
  • Singing or Fitness Instructors


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