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Toss the Resolutions and Begin Permanent New You Solutions!


The Living Healthy Movement

Welcome to the new HEPSA Living Healthy Online Blog!  We are starting this New Year off right with a new look, new blog and new mission!  HEPSA Living Healthy wants to help you change your life for the better by joining the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement!  So sign up for this new blog today by clicking –

I am Denine Rogers, a registered licensed dietitian nutritionist and holistic practitioner who have a passion to change people’s lives for the better.  I have decided to start the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement because of the constant problems and complaints that I have received from my clients about making New Year’s Resolutions not New Year Solutions.  Too often we do not keep our resolutions and by the time the end of the year comes we feel like we have failed through the whole year. A resolution is a temporary hopeful fix but a solution is a permanent change!  The HEPSA Living Healthy Movement is on a mission to get you to discover what is holding you back from losing weight, stopping smoking, continuing an exercise plan, changing your relationships with food, etc. Check out joining the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement by signing up at the HEPSA Living Healthy Newsletter – where we are making solutions for 2015, not resolutions!

This year 2015 the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement are providing ways to change your life for the better by learning about 12 different topics.  The monthly topics will be:

  1. Eating healthy with whole food nutrition
  2. Cooking healthy meals and snacks
  3. Herbal Medicine and Botanicals
  4. Exercising
  5. Meditation, Tia chi, Yoga and Qi Gong
  6. Aromatherapy
  7. Mind, Body and Spiritual Relationships
  8. Gardening
  9. Integrative Nutrition and Medicine
  10. Complementary Alternative Medicine
  11. Vitamins and Supplements
  12. Homeopathy

So for this whole year, the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement is focusing on making positive changes with your life.  I am asking you to join, the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement by clicking here today.

Thank you so much and start Living Healthy today!


HEPSA Living Healthy

HEPSA Living Healthy


FNCE 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia


It is that time again with FNCE 2014 (Food Nutrition Conference and Expo) from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Since this year it is in Atlanta, Georgia, I knew that I needed to come to this incredible conference!  Being a Secretary of NOBIDAN (National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition) – website- which is part of the Member Interest Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND.  I had the chance to participated in alot of events that were associated with NOBIDAN.  This year was a historical year because the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has appointed their first African American President-Elect!  Dr. Evelyn Crayton, Ed, RD, LD, FAND who is also a NOBIDAN member was elected this past February 2014 and will start her term on June 1st, 2015.  I had a chance to speak with her and it was such a honor to meet with her!


This year FNCE there were so many things going on and the speakers were excellent!  One of the speakers that I had enjoyed was Adam Keek who is a Olympic Rower and he explains about using the art of rowing with high performance.  One of the things that he explained about is his disciplines of leadership is to stay focused.  It is not easy to stay focus on a goal let alone training for the Olympics.  He explained how he was able to focus by using the Breakthrough Theory.  For the first 4-5 years you maybe in limbo but with effort time you realize that you need a break through and pretty soon what was hard to do becomes familiar.


Another thing that Adam discussed about is Eat Well = Be Well.  When you eat well then this will result in your body, mind and spirit in becoming a healthy.  Like the old saying goes “You are what you eat!”


The last thing that was important to me from what Adam said on the Disciplines for Leadership is finding a mentor.  That is so important to find someone who has


I really appreciate Mr. Adam Keek speech particularly him closing out this incredible and exciting conference!  His message came at the right time!


Next year FNCE is going to be at Nashville, TN and I can not wait what is going to happen there!  Hope to see you there!


NOBEL Women Conference in Biloxi, MS


I love being next to water particularly the beaches.  Being in Altanta and land lock, you do not have any opportunity to get to a beach unless you drive 6+ hours to the Gerogia Shores, Florida or the Gulf Coast.  Since it is summertime, I was hoping for a opportunity to go anywhere that is near water.  Such an opportunity  did happened when I had a chance to speak at the NOBEL Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage.


The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative/Women (NOBEL/Women) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization primarily composed of current and former black women legislators as well as many appointed officials. Originally established in 1985 as a national organization to increase and promote the presence of black women in government, NOBEL/Women in recent years has expanded its vision to serve as a global voice to address a myriad of issues affecting the lives of all women. – NOBEL –

These public official women are on the move and fighting for a incredible cause.  At this year’s conference theme was NOBEL Women on the M. O. V. E. meaning Motivating, Organizing, Vocalizing, Empowering the Next Generation of Black Women Leaders.  I was so honored to be invited to speak at this conference breakfast to some of the most powerful and influential women.  My speech was on Malnutrition (see it below) and my wonderful sponsor for this speech was Abbott Nutrition.

Below is a link to my NOBEL speech:

Also, click here to view the Press Release for HEPSA Living Healthy – Denine Rogers RDN – Speaker at NOBEL Conference.

It was great see the passion from theses ladies when it comes to resolving the important issues that are happening in the African American community particularly with women.  The issues that impact the women and communities of color that NOBEL is focused on are:

  • Economic Equity
  • Health
  • Telecommunications
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Women & Leadership

I also had a chance to see the rest of the conference and I was very impressed by the speakers and the topics that were discussed.


The Gulf Coast is still try to recuperate from all of the Hurricanes that has past over including Katrina.   Please do remember to pray for our fellow brothers and sisters in the gulf coast who are still trying to re-build their new lives  since Hurricane Katrina!  Coming down to the Gulf Coast for a vacation or business will definitely help!



Biloxi ,MS Visitors Center

Biloxi ,MS Visitors Center

The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, MO


Doesn’t this picture looks beautiful?  I really enjoyed my time being in St. Louis.  I made sure that I did stop by the historical landmark the Gateway Arch.





I was in shock when I had a chance to go up the arch that I must make sure that I was not afraid of heights and very closed rooms.


There are three modes of transportation up the arch:

  1. Two sets of 1,076-step emergency stairs (one in each leg),
  2. A 12-passenger elevator to the 372-foot (113 m) height,
  3. And a tram in each leg.


I took the little tram to go up the arch and each tram is a chain of eight egg-shaped, five-seat compartments with a small window on the doors.   The tram car that I was in with 5 other people swung like a Ferris wheel car.  It takes about  four minutes going up and it takes about three minutes going down the arch but it felt longer than that.


Near the top of the Arch, I exited the tram compartment and then I climbed up the set of stairs to enter the observation area.  Once I got there I noticed that there was a sign that shows that the arch’s width and height of the arch are 630 feet.

 In Wikipedia, it states that the arch is the tallest memorial in the United States and the tallest stainless steel monument in the world.


I had a chance to look out of the observatory windows on top of the arch and I saw from the window Mississippi River and the whole city of St, Louis.


I was in shock at how much I saw in those small little windows.  Check out below the pictures of what I saw.

St. Louis Cardinals Stadium

St. Louis Cardinals Stadium

Downtown St. Louis

Downtown St. Louis

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

A park in downtown St. Louis

A park in downtown St. Louis

Too me it is worth the money to travel up such a incredible monument and if I had the opportunity of coming back to St. Louis I would do this again.  Thanks St. Louis for a great time !!





Women in Government Conference in St. Louis, MO


Out on the road again but this time I am doing a very special speaking engagement in St. Louis, Missouri!  I was invited to speak at the Women in Government Conference on Outreach to Vulnerable Populations: Aging.

 The Women in Government Foundation, Inc., (which is headquartered in Washington, D.C.), is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators that provides leadership opportunities, networking expert forums, and educational resources to address and resolve complex public policy issues to all 1,788 women state legislators.

Founded in 1988, Women In Government is a is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization that has led the nation with its vision to empower and mobilize all women legislators to effect sound policy.

With over 20 years of experience working with state legislators, state agency representatives and the public, Women In Government proudly hosts over 12-20 educational conferences, state briefings, and other policy events annually to address the nation’s public policy issues. – Women in Government website –

I was so honored to speak at this conference.  My speech was on Malnutrition which was sponsored by Abbott Nutrition. (Click Press Release for HEPSA Living Healthy – Denine Rogers RDN – Speaker at Women in Government Conference for further information about my speech).


Before the conference began, I wanted to take some time to see the sites of St. Louis!  The first place I stop was to a very famous Soul Food Restaurant called Sweetie Pies.  If you are a fan of OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) then you probably will recognize the show “Sweetie Pies” with Ms. Robbie and Montgomery Family.  Well, I knew that since I was in St. Louis , I was not going to leave until I stop by there for meal.


I hitch a cab ride to the new Sweetie Pies at the Upper Crust at around 4:00 pm and I was in shock that there were no lines.  On the show you always see the long lines of people fighting to get into the restaurant.  One of the waiters told me that during the late afternoon is the best time since the lunch crowd was gone.

The beautiful picture of Ms. Robbie

The beautiful picture of Ms. Robbie


The famous bar

The famous bar

I was hoping to meet Ms. Robbie but I was told that she was unfortunately not there.

Sweetie Pies Upper Crust with Ms. Jan and Ms. Linda!

Sweetie Pies Upper Crust with Ms. Jan and Ms. Linda!

I did had a chance to meet with her lovely sisters Jan and Linda.  They were both so nice and very friendly.  They are truly appreciative of everyone who is a fan to the television show.  I was looking forward to have some fish but unfortunately fish is only made on Fridays.  (I was there on Thursday).  I did enjoyed my vegetarian plate and i made sure I took as many pictures of Sweetie Pies as possible.

Delicious Vegetable Plate

Delicious Vegetable Plate

Yummy Mac and Cheese

Yummy Mac and Cheese

Very Sweet Candied Yams

Very Sweet Candied Yams

This was not the only thing I did on my one day trip to St. Louis.  Next week I will discuss about my adventure at the famous landmark in St. Louis – The Gateway Arch!  Happy Labor Day!


My Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting!

Yes everyone it is official!  I am now a part of the Douglas County Georgia Chamber of Commerce with my loving business and husband partner Eddie Rogers.  I made sure that I listened to the first step with my business from the information that I have received at the Dream Project Conference breakout session on Women in Business!  Now I am ready to take the next step which is start networking and making contacts in my local and surrounding communities.  Click here for the link of article –  Check out the video below on our ribbon cutting of the National Health and Public  Safety Association (HEPSA) and HEPSA Living Healthy! Click  – 

Come to the HEPSA Living Healthy website:  and check out the services, education classes and books that we offer.  Remember to join your local chamber of commerce!!

The Dream Project – Part 4 – Kevin Lowes and Daymond John

I saved the best for last with the Dream Project Conference!  The two speakers that everyone was talking about were Kevin Liles and Daymond John! Who are these speakers you may ask?


Kevin Liles is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KWL Enterprises, a strategic holding company anchored by the noted brand and talent development firm, KWL Management. KWL Management works with entertainers, athletes and models to develop brands, forge partnerships, and cultivate successful careers.


Daymond John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. His marketing firm Shark Branding offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. In 2009, he joined the cast of ABC entrepreneurial business show the Shark Tank by acclaimed producer Mark Burnett.


All of us there was so excited to hear what both of these men had to say.  Kevin Liles topic was Let’s Talk Business.  He gave some excellent advice to those who are interested in becoming or who are interns.  He said find out what you love and do it for free.  “If you have not done it for free then you did not do the work!”  When Mr. Liles was a intern he knew that his goal was not to be a intern forever but to become the President of the company.  That was his vision and he stresses that it should be ours also.  Mr. Liles said “Be your best all the time and that everyday is a opportunity!”  ” You never know who is going to be your blessing at that time!”  He also said when you want something so bad, do not let your ego get in the way.  Mr. Liles explained that being prepare before that moment of opportunity happens will help your business tremendously.  Make sure you have discipline, faith and patience during these challenges.  Even though you are dedicated to the mission of business, you must have a balance of your life.  You alone should not be  the company.  Mr. Liles talked about when he felt consumed with his work of his business that he had weighed over 300#’s.  He then decided that he needed to take control of his life and health.  He did this by losing over 185#’s and started a healthy lifestyle plan.  Taking over his life and loving himself allowed him to become more successful than he was before!!  What a testimony!


Daymond John was the closing speaker for this conference and boy did he had alot to say.  Mr. John explained as children we are all born thinking like entrepreneurs but we are not taught to like a entrepreneur.  The reason why is that our dreams fade overtime when we get older and the fear starts to set in therefore we are unwilling to explore in doing our dream.  He said that we need to surround ourselves with people who want to work with you and he stress the importance of finding a mentor.  Mr. John explained that the next best thing is to empowering your community by creating jobs and opportunities.  Follow Magic Johnson format of business.  Mr. John did give us insight about the Shark Tank.  It takes about 6 months to close the deals in Shark Tank unlike what is shown on the show.  This was interesting to know because alot of us would think that the deal is closed immediately on the show.  Mr. John also said that as a entrepreneur you must realize that you are not creating anything new but you must identify the your market and learn to sell your business to everyone.  Word of Mouth is the key to a successful business.

I truly did enjoyed the Dream Project Conference and I learned so much from it. I am making a effort to start implementing all of the things that I learn for that one day of the conference.  So if the Dream Project Conference comes to your town make sure you go!  It will be here next year in the Atlanta and I will be there!!




The Dream Project – Part 3 – More Breakout Sessions


The Dream Project Breakout Session just keep coming!! The next breakout session I went to was the Secrets to Success where a panel of business owners discussed about the secrets of having a successful business.  I had a chance to meet Mr. Kevin Johnson who is the owner of Johnson Media Inc.  Mr. Johnson leads a marketing and communications firm that serves many Fortune 100 businesses.  He is author of best-selling book The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs.  (See more click here ).  Mr. Johnson had some 3 key points about becoming successful.

1.  Build a good team – make sure you hire slow but fire fast.  Find new people particularly interns.

2. Get your finances in order and keep your credit score high.

3.  Be at the right time and at the right place for business.  Make sure you are putting out the right content.

Mr. Johnson also said that you must start from a place of integrity and it is ok to say no when it comes to business.  He did stress the importance of finding team members who will support you and get the education that you will need for money management.  He also explained that there are no secrets to business and you need to find answers by thinking big and looking beyond your location and culture.

Karmetria Burton, who Karmetria Burtonwas also on the panel, is the general manager of Supplier Diversity for Delta Air Lines.  Ms. Burton explained the importance of having a up to date business plan readily available.  She expressed that being an entrepreneur that you express enthusiasm and excitement when you are introducing your business to anyone.    She also explained that you should follow your passion and have determination mindset to follow through your business.   Become a certified GMSDC – Regional Minority Business Supplier Diversity and learn about the contracting cycle.   Build the right relationships with your clients and make sure you sell solutions to your clients needs.

The other persons that was on the panel was from the Latin Chamber of Commerce.  Their representative explained that business owners should not be afraid to go and seek out advice.  You must be willing to go there and take the time to learn.  A business owner must be financially solid and do not be afraid to become a partner.


One of the last things that all the panels stress was again the importance of building relationships.  If someone says no be nice in responding to that person.   Be patience , persistence and network!!  Put a value on your service and be strong!  Set expectations for a positive business.

Next week is the conclusion of the Dream Project where Kevin Lewis and Daymond John will speak!!  Can not wait for this!!



The Dream Project – Part 2 – The Breakout Sessions



The Dream Project Conference had alot of breakout session that it was hard to select which ones to go.  The first one I decided to go to was the Women in Business seminar.  I had the pleasure of meeting Egypt Sherrod from the HGTV Show Host of Property Virgins  and founder of her own real estate firm called The Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group.  (I love that show!) She is such a sweet and gracious person.  Egypt was the moderator of this breakout session and it was great to hear her talk about the importance of women becoming successful business owners and leaders.  I love the quote that Egypt said “We are so much more than our resumes!”

Me and Egypt Sherrod !!

Me and Egypt Sherrod !!

During this session there was a panel of other successful women business owners speaker who were open to talk about what it takes to become a female business owner and leaders in their field of expertise.  Gina Barboza, who is the Director of Music Licensing & Development Turner Entertainment Networks, said that “Women need to come together and help each other by sharing knowledge with each other”.  “Put God first and be true to yourself and not become afraid to fall apart a little bit.”  She also said that there is 1.3 trillion Hispanic market and there is certainly a need for your services there.  She states that social media is such a valuable tool to marketing but you will need to be careful of the content and the message that your business is giving out.  Make sure you have value to your vision!

Gina Barboza

Gina Barboza !!

Next was Melissa Dawn Simkins, the President of the Velvet Suite, which is a new brand of leadership development transforming how people think, look and perform like champions for elite performers in business and sports.  Melissa Simkins explained that women often miss the value of who they are.  We need to prove to others that we a person of success.  Women need to define their value and be honest with themselves.  Women must also value their relationships with others which may in turn produce future profitable connections.  I truly agree with her on that!!

Then was Astid Chirnos, President, Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte, North Carolina, who spoke about that women are not minorities anymore!  We all need to allow our communities to succeed and create an abundance of opportunities in our communities.  Create a business not a job!  She stressed that we all have 24 hours in a day but what we need to do is not manage our time but our energy!! Find a coach and mentor to keep you balance!


Beverly High !

Iris Reese,  CEO at Fusion Multicultural Marketing  of the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina said that this seminar is for women to “Put themselves first, get rid of the limiting beliefs and manage the fears in their lives!”  Other ladies on the panel were Lily Winsoft who discussed about women to not be afraid and to encourage themselves to go out there and make a difference  and Beverly High who talk about women in owning and purchasing their land.  Look at the opportunities in gardening and farming as a business.  Check out the Dept of Agriculture for further information.


Women in Business Panel !

In the closing of this breakout session the ladies of the panel gave us women audience more important informative information.  In order to start a business you should hook up with your local chamber of commerce and look for people who are in business that you would be interested in partnering with.  Join your local credit union and develop a relationship with your bank.  Look out for Angel investors but make sure you have a sound business plan and be able to present this with passion!! Know what is your purpose is and find the people who are willing to finance it!  Truly smart women to listen too!!

In next week’s posting,  I will discuss about what else I have learned from another breakout session that I attended.   Make those dreams come alive this week!




The Dream Project – Part 1


This is my first time going to the Dream Project Conference and there was some crazy things that were going on prior to the conference.  Such as an accident on the major highway and that a helicopter had to land on the highway on life flight a driver and that there was a small fire in the hotel last night. Despite of all that has happened the founder of the Dream Project – Teneshia J. Warner said that the conference must go on!!


Teneshia J. Warner is a woman of faith and on a mission.  She read Russel Simmons book – Life and Death  and felt  from reading that book that she had a purpose and dream for her life.  So she left her good paying corporate job and decided to find Russel Simmons and ask him if she can become one of his mentees for him for free!!  Yes, I said for free!  Very few people would do that let alone leaving a 6 figure corporate job.  So Teneshia went on her faithful journey to find Russel Simmons and after month of back and forth with him, Simmons realized that she was on a mission and will not back down from pursing it.  Teneshia’s company called Egami Consulting Group which means Image spelled backwards which means  having a positive, vibrate and active image will make you go very far.  Website –  Teneshia explained that a journey of a dreamer is that a dreamer must become a gladiator and never give up on their dream.


During this conference, I had the chance to meet and hear from alot of dream makers.  I was able to hear Lisa Price who is the Founder of Carol’s Daughter.   Lisa Price explained about the journey of how she start to become a entrepreneur and dreamer.  Lisa discussed about having 3 elements that you must make it in the real world.  1. Passion, 2.  Have information about your of field interest and does it have a future? 3. Humility.  She also talk about finding a way to place your networking to another level and once you do then conquer your competition.  Even though when times are hard always never forget your loyal clients.  Carol’s Daughter has been around for over 21 years and was one of the starting companies in the natural hair care movement.


At the lunch time session I had the pleasure in meeting the Mr. Randall Pinkett – winner of the Apprentice and incredible business owner.  Mr. Pinkett talked about making dreams come true!  Take the action of ordinary entrepreneurs can do extra ordinary things! He explained the entrepreneurs are over-comers with believing that their dreams will come true by going through uncharted territory.  If you are such that kind of entrepreneur then go out there to show the world that your dream is possible.  Mr. Pinkett  said for all of us to tap into our inner voice and to get rid of the -ism’s ( etc. racism, separatism or sexism).  When we do this it will lead you to your destiny.  Never feel that you are too old to dream and never get yourself in the position of regretting in following your dreams.  Do not let anyone limit you in thinking what is possible.  We must create the road that was not traveled and make time to pursue your dream.  African Americans must honor the life and the legacy of our generations and like them start walking along our path to do great extraordinary things!


Next week, I will talk about part 2 of my adventure at the Dream Project Conference.  Make your dream a reality today!