Mary Anna is a health care innovator with a passion for growing programs that educate, entertain and empower individuals to live healthier and happier lives. She combines her 25 plus years working in strategic planning and program development in health delivery systems with her 30 plus years exploring nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation and integrative medicine approaches. In 2014, Mary Anna completed a community health fellowship at Stanford University. She is also a long-term student of mindfulness meditation. Mary Anna loves being outdoors and you will find her hiking, swimming, skiing, exercising or heading to a Farmers Market. She loves sharing fun and simple ways to stay healthy and enjoy life more.
Jessica is driven by the desire to help others have their best chance at a healthy life. As an educator, community liaison, and advocate for school gardens in the Palo Alto Unified School District, she works directly with school communities to foster a love of healthy eating. During her community health fellowship program at Stanford University, she researched the national school garden movement and gained valuable insights and built important relationships to advance the school garden effort locally. She strives to affect change by researching the effects of school gardens, facilitating Stanford University student projects in the school community, and helping to grow new garden programs in schools. She loves seeing the joy students experience as they harvest fruits and vegetables from their school gardens.
Jeremy is a volunteer for the American Red Cross. He loves helping others and finds enjoyment in sharing a hand, knowledge, and ideas. He has studied everything from Radiography to Theater Arts and uses his education for creativity and ingenuity. He believes "life should be looked at through a child's perspective - where possibilities can be limitless." Jeremy loves to cook, and challenges himself to cook creatively, experiment with recipes, learn about healthy cooking, minimize food waste, and shop on a budget - always looking to make healthy food better in the most inexpensive ways. He loves to cook from scratch and makes everything from homemade sourdough bread to his own special teriyaki sauce. He is a devoted husband and father who loves family activities and never misses a sporting event or school activity.
Takenori is a happily retired physician who enjoys having adventures with his family, playing with his grandchildren, and gardening. He values the free time and flexibility that comes with retirement and appreciates the opportunity to pursue his own passions. He is a talented blogger with over 40,000 readers on TripAdvisor and welcomes the challenge of participating in NativeFit’s healthy community.