WRAP UP – Health Before Wealth

Our April 1st event, HEALTH BEFORE WEALTH, took place at The Westmoor Club. We had an amazing turnout, with over 70 women attending. Delicious food was provided by THE GREEN!


The impressive panel of female Nantucket health, fitness and nutrition experts included :

– Moderator and owner of Bliss Body Wellness, Jenni Houston
– Yoga Instructor Yoga Room Nantucket, Strong Girls Yoga and Nantucket SUP Yoga, Caitlin Marcoux
– The Green owner Jenny Bence
– Nantucket Health Club owner Sandy Schultz
– Personal Trainer Joy Marks Personal Training And Wellness, Joy Marks
– Massage Therapist Kim Bettincourt
Joanna Roche, Wellness Director at The Westmoor Club
– Massage and Physical Therapist, and owner of Nantucket Holistic Health, Paula McQuaid
– And President/CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Margot Hartmann!


Jenni talked about how proper nutrition and exercise give you so much energy. She believes that to see your future, you must take care of yourself. Healthy lifestyle habits are key! Jenni thinks more people would eat right and get fit if they knew that they could control their overall health, including things they’re predispositioned to genetically. A great piece of advice that Jenni gave to anyone who feels they don’t have enough time to fit exercise into their routine, was to work out even for 5 high intensity minutes. Take just 5 minutes, do 20 burpees and run a quick sprint. It’s healthier than spending that time on the couch!


Caitlin recommended that in order to motivate or inspire your family members to also exercise, you can do so in common areas of the house. Makes perfect sense! If exercise equipment or even yoga mats are part of the furniture, so to speak, your kids will see them as part of every day life and naturally want to join in. She said that goals are motivational – sign up for a race! As a cancer survivor, Caitlin pointed out that disease does not discriminate. She believes more people would practice yoga, get up and move, and get fit if they knew just how precious their lives were. She encourages everyone to live their life right, because it’s the only one we’ve got.

Joy suggested taking advantage of social media groups to motivate yourself and keep yourself accountable for your goals. With so many options, this is totally doable! Join a Facebook fitness group and Tweet your accomplishments! Joy believes one should be very passionate about their career, don’t let outside voices discourage you. Your goals are your own, not anyone else’s. Don’t be afraid to pursue them! Joy said more people would get in shape if they knew that chronic diseases are preventable with exercise and proper nutrition.

Paula noted that it’s encouraging when parents bring kids in to her practice. It’s great for kids to grow up knowing there is alternative help for aches and pains other than medicine. Paula also warned against the slew of fads we’re all bombarded with on the internet, as far as nutrition. Do your homework and research any fad before committing! Paula believes more people would seek holistic help if they understood that they were actually able to prevent pain and disease.

Sandy said it’s often times difficult to motivate kids, especially teens, to get up and move. One great piece of advice that also worked for her son, was to get a pet! Dog walks don’t sound like exercise because they’re fun too. Don’t buy equipment if you’re going to hate it. Do what you like. Just keep moving. Park farther away, walk! The more you move the better you’ll feel. Sandy feels more people would get up exercise if they knew how good it would make them feel.


Kim spoke of how though her path towards working with handicapped children didn’t pan out, it evolved into her practice of massage therapy. She finds this fulfilling because she’s helping people feel great. Kim thinks that more people would allow themselves massages if they understood that physical health makes you feel better mentally as well.

Jenny went for a ride around the island one day, wanting smoothies and breakfast burritos. Serendipitously, the coffee shop she had hoped to find these things was closed up and available for a new business. She saw a gap, a need, and found an opportunity to open her own organic, healthy, made from scratch restaurant in that same location! She talked about how proper nutrition gives you so much energy. She believes that to see your future, you must take care of yourself. Once great piece of advice is that if you put on exercise clothes, you must use them!


Joanna also said that having a lot of energy can be accomplished with eating right. A green juice contains about 2 pounds of vegetables! Now that’s an easy way to get a ton of vitamins and an energy kick naturally! Joanna said if more people ate well and juiced, they would live longer and have more fulfilled lives. She said to not forget that part of your work is to keep yourself in shape. Don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself. 

Margot thinks that the first step to being healthy and quitting bad habits is to love oneself. You have to respect yourself before you’re able to do this for yourself. You’re worth it! As the President and CEO of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, she announced that the new hospital website will be up and running soon. She also encourage everyone to attend the annual Nantucket Town Meeting this Monday and vote!


Door prizes were Swell bottles from Milly & Grace, an MP3 player from Petite Travelers, Wine Fest Tickets from Lisa Soeder, a headshot by Zofia & Co. Photography, the Brix Six wine collection, an acupuncture session with Erica Marrero from The Westmoor Club, and a massage package from Kim Bettincourt!


At our event last night, we introduced our first ever Petticoat Row Soap Box! During each event going forward, we will encourage attendees to make any announcements about their own businesses, upcoming events, new ventures, thoughts/feelings, etc. Many ladies stood up to talk about what’s new!


Thank you to all those who attended, donated, spoke, shared, and who continue to support Petticoat Row!

“Life is but the expression of spirit through matter. To make life manifest requires the union of spirit and body.” – DD Palmer (1845-1913), Founder of Chiropractic 


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