The medical community is still in the relatively early stages of recognizing the critical role that diet and nutrition play in all aspects of our lives. A balanced, nutritious diet is a key factor not only for our physical health and development, but for our intellectual performance and emotional functions as well. It’s important for work, exercise and even our ability to concentrate. Ironically, it’s only within the past 35 years that diet and nutrition have begun to receive anywhere near the attention they deserve by the medical community – in fact, prior to the 1970′s, most medical schools only offered one nutrition course during the average medical student’s entire four year education.

Brad Cook’s informal education about nutrition started early in life due to a long family history of heart disease. He was still an adolescent when his father had his first heart attack at the age of 44, and many of his older relatives suffered from similar ailments, including atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. Several relatives died as a result of these ailments. Brad’s diet tracked very closely with the rest of his family’s during the first 27 years of his life – he was overweight, didn’t exercise, and was suffering from high cholesterol levels.

Brad’s diet started to change dramatically, however, just after he met a thru-hiker around the time he turned 27. This hiker had inspired Brad to someday hike the Appalachian Trail, and he knew that in order to do so he would need to undergo a total physical, mental and emotional transformation. The “Hike” became a dream that would take 33 years to fulfill, and Brad knew instinctively that making major changes to his diet would be a key element in allowing him to be successful. Subsequently, he read everything he could get his hands on about nutrition, he attained a Masters Degree in Health Sciences, and, most importantly, he began a lifelong experiment with foods. He studied their affects on his performance over three decades of training and performing in marathons, triathlons, road races, bike races, and ultimately his 2,200-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail at the age of 59. He attributes much of his success in all of these endeavors to the rigorous nutritional program he developed over the years.

The “Trail Dreams: Essentials of Nutrition” workshop is a supplementary program designed to provide attendees with a new way of looking at their nutritional requirements, and how these requirements impact their physical, mental and emotional health, as well as job and school performance. This is an especially timely and relevant program for young people, who are being introduced to some of the most inappropriate and unhealthy dietary choices at home and in fast food restaurants – they have been experiencing an epidemic in obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and high cholesterol in recent years. Brad will provide instructions on healthy eating for young people, the average adult, and for the high performance athlete. He will show attendees how to “Eat to live rather than live to eat” so that they too may enjoy a lifetime of good health, high-energy output, and strong mental focus.

Please contact Brad or Samantha to schedule a workshop, or to obtain additional information about Trail Dreams programs.