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Three hundred dollars was all
she had to her name when a
young Terry-Ann George, now
43, quit her nine-to-five job and
stepped out on faith to start her
own business: running a small
and health counselling service.
Today she is the CEO of the
Institute of Health and Fitness
Company Ltd. The institute, at
79 St Vincent Street, Tunapuna,
is accredited by the Aerobic and
Fitness Association of America
(AFAA). George offers a unique
holistic approach to health.
"A completely healthy body
includes taking care of the mind
body and spirit," she believes.
That s why her institute offers
a number of certificate courses
that include health and fitness
training and management, nurs-
ing and patient care, sports psy-
chology and food preparation and
culinary arts.The institute has
produced some leading health and
fitness professionals, like Neil
Salazar of Spartan Fitness Inc,
UberFit s Joel Joyless and Body
By Imran CEO, Imran Razac.
Three weeks ago George
hosted her first three-day
health and fitness conference
at the Centre of Excellence in
Macoya. The first day was open
to the public and the other days
were specifically for personal
trainers, gym owners and other
From dietetics to
George, the mother of one,
is from Laventille, and is a
former teacher with 19
She got a first degree
in dietetics and a mas-
ters in educational psy-
chology from Andrews
University (AU), Michi-
gan. She describes her
journey to success as
"seraphical," saying the
dots were divinely con-
She was heavily involved
in sports at secondary school and
represented T&T nationally in
track and field. Even today, George
still hits the track for a good
After school she did a certificate
course in dietetics at the now
defunct John Donaldson Technical
Institute before doing her degree
in it. While studying she interned
at Port-of-Spain, Mt Hope and
San Fernando General Hospitals
as a dietetic technician.
But then, upset about what she
saw as a deteriorating healthcare
system, she decided in 1992 to
go into teaching. She would spend
12 years teaching at primary
school level and seven at second-
But her first love haunted her
and in 2001 George packed up
shop and returned to healthcare.
Along with her mother and a reg-
istered nurse, Anita Pierre, she
began in a small building at Stone
Street in Port-of-Spain, offering
a weight watchers programme,
group counselling and cooking
classes. As her clientele and serv-
ices grew she needed a bigger
space and eventually bought her
own building in 2004.
"Getting my own building was
like a dream come true. I really
fought long and hard to get to
this point and I thank God for
every obstacle and blessing along
the way, because when I look back
I can see that everything was
there for me. I just had to follow
a path, and well, here I am today,"
said George, with a large smile.
She described herself as the
ultimate nerd while attending
school, saying she was attracted
to and excelled at the sciences.
She talked proudly about last
month s conference, a milestone
in her career.
"This three-day conference
was really the height of my career
to date. Because it solidified to
me that all the hard work that
went into establishing this insti-
tute was not in vain," she said.
She described the event as an
"We had a whale of a time.
Everyone who attended enjoyed
themselves. It was exciting, edu-
cational, informative. I can say
that all health and fitness pro-
fessionals walked away with a
wealth of knowledge," she said.
Among other experiences, par-
ticipants learned how to make
special fruit and vegetable juices
that help prevent diabetes, pro-
mote healthy hearts and decrease
the risk of cancer. Live cooking
stations turned out healthy, deli-
cious meals. Booths offered serv-
ices including tests for diabetes,
high blood pressure, triglycerides,
bone density and PH balance.
Health and fitness experts, such
as gerontologist Dr Diane
McCoughey and dietician Nicole
Alexander were on hand to
address specific health issues. An
AFAA representative and featured
speaker, Jenna Martin, spoke on
fighting obesity and diabetes.
With all that she has accom-
plished, George gives back
through free consultations, work-
shops at schools and businesses
that seek her expertise. Currently
she is working on creating a live
cooking show for television.
The public can also look out
for a radio programme coming
on stream later this month.
George said she is still deciding
on which frequency will be used
to air the programme.
She also plans to open two
other institutes in San Fernando
and Chaguanas to make her serv-
ices more accessible to clients liv-
ing in those areas.
Asked what words of advice or
encouragement she had for young
entrepreneurs, George said simply:
"Having a vision is the beginning
of your success. Following
through on that vision, no matter
what comes, will bring you com-
To find out more about the
Institute of Health and
Fitness, call 289-6363/492-
7397 or e-mail:
The Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to
the US scientist James Watson for dis-
covering the structure of DNA has sold at
auction for US$4.8m.
The 1962 prize was awarded to Wat-
son, Maurice Wilkins and Francis Crick,
with each receiving a gold medal.
The medal is the first Nobel Prize to be
put on sale by a living recipient.
Watson recently said he was selling the
medal because he had been ostracised by
the scientific community after remarks he
made about race in a 2007 interview.
The discovery of the structure of
DNA---which encodes the instruction
booklet for building a living organism---
was made by Watson and Crick, using ex-
perimental data that had been gathered
by Maurice Wilkins, Raymond Gosling and
Mr Watson, 86, said he planned to do-
nate part of the proceeds to charities and
to support scientific research.
Christie's auction house had said the
gold medal could fetch between US$2.5m
In an interview with the Financial
Times recently, Mr Watson said he had
been made to feel like an "unperson"
since a Sunday Times interview seven
years ago in which he linked race to intelli-
Francis Crick's Nobel medal sold for
US$2.2m last year. He died in 2004.
James Watson's DNA Nobel Prize sells for US$4.8m
CEO of Institute of Health and
Fitness, Terry-Ann George.
George is a certified and
qualified dietician, nutritionist
and health consultant, having
obtained her degree at St
Andrews University in
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