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Inspired by her own successful health journey, Charlene Blue opens a health coaching business

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 - Charlene Blue opened High Desert Optimal Weight Loss and Health in Prineville this week, specializing in health coaching.

At her heaviest, she was 190 pounds.

She was unhappy and unhealthy and was ready to throw in the towel on yet another diet.

But it was her 14-year-old son who made Charlene Blue realize it was time to make a change.

"Why are you being so negative? You need to do something," he told her.

"I felt like it was his cry for help, and I felt like he needed his mom back," Blue recalls. "I felt like I couldn't be the person that I wanted to be, the mom that I wanted to be. I was very unhappy, and I knew I needed to make a change, and I finally just did."

That was less than two years ago, and Blue, who lost 65 pounds since that time, now finds herself wanting to help others in their journey to better health.

"I offer health in all areas — physical, financial and mental health," Blue said. "Those are the three areas that affect your health."

This week, she opened her High Desert Optimal Weight Loss and Health office on Northeast Fourth Street in Prineville.

She is a Certified Health Coach and received her certification through the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education of the Villanova University College of Nursing.

"This all began for me when I discovered this program and had my own transformation," Blue said. "It spread like wildfire, and soon my family, neighbors, friends and strangers were getting healthy, too."

She's been coaching this Optimal Health program for two years, and in the process, she has assisted many people in the United States become healthy.

Her clientele spans her home state of Hawaii as well as Guam, Washington, Alaska, Nevada and Texas, but her desire to help her local community grew stronger and stronger as she worked as a bariatric surgery coordinator.

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 - Charlene Blue holds a before and after picture of her journey to health.
"I felt helpless in not being able to offer the bariatric patients another option that I knew existed," Blue said. "I've since left my former occupation as a bariatric surgery coordinator. I have been helping hundreds of people get healthy and become the best version of themselves."

She has lived in Prineville for three years now, and her passion is assisting the folks in her own community who are looking to lose weight, develop healthier habits, or create health in their life.

"Because we have different health programs available, the first important step is to schedule a free health assessment with me to determine the individual's current health status and health goals," Blue said, adding that the health assessment can be done over the phone or in person. "The health assessment will help me recommend a program that would be the best match for the individual, as this is not a diet or a one-size-fits-all program."

Ultimately, the individual will decide if the recommended program is a good fit for them or not.

"Each person can be confident in knowing that any information that they share with me during their health assessment is confidential, as I take their health and confidentiality very seriously," Blue said. "I like to meet with each individual in person, if possible, as I feel that it's important to build relationships and also give everyone a chance to know that they can come into a safe place and have a conversation with a real person."

As a health coach, she works one-on-one with each person and will guide them through three phases of their health journey: reaching their healthy weight, learning healthy habits, and optimizing their health for lasting change.

The Optimal Health proprietary products and programs are based on more than 37 years of experience, are recommended by more than 20,000 physicians since its founding, and have been used by more than 1 million clients, Blue reports, and there is no exercise, no pills, no supplements and no required drinks.

Specialized programs are available for those with special medical or dietary needs, including diabetes, gout, nursing mothers, seniors (65 and older), teen boys (13 to 18 years old) and teen girls (13 to 18 years old).

It was Blue's aunt who coached her through her journey to health, and these days, Blue is grateful for her aunt's guidance and her son' intervention.

Now, she wants to help her Central Oregon neighbors on their own journey to health.

"I'm not a coach that scolds," she laughs. "I guide and direct. I think that's really important. I help guide and direct people and help keep them accountable to whatever it is that they want."

High Desert Optimal Weight Loss and Health

Owner: Charlene Blue

Address: 185 NE Fourth St., Prineville

Call for an appointment: 541-801-5079

Website: highdesertweightloss.com

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