As a personal trainer, it is our job to motivate and inspire our clients but this is a case where our client has motivated us.  Andy Lipman is a client at our personal training studio and works out weekly with personal trainer, Lori Kannaley.  I had the pleasure of not only meeting Andy but I have watched him in the gym in action and he is definitely an inspiration.  Here is his story…


Andy Lipman has cystic fibrosis, but cystic fibrosis will never have him. On his 38th birthday, Andy passed the current median life expectancy for people with the disease. Now at 40, Lipman’s life expectancy now far exceeds the expected. Andy is a positive role model, who defied all odds to become a college graduate, Olympic-torch bearer, runner, husband and father. He is dedicated to finding a cure for this genetic disease.

Andy’s experiences dealing with cystic fibrosis inspired him to write Alive at 25: How I’m Beating Cystic Fibrosis, published by Longstreet Press, Inc. in 2001. Forewords for Alive at 25 were written by Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones, sports writer/commentator Frank Deford and former All-Pro NFL Quarterback and CBS analyst Boomer Esiason.

Lipman’s novel, A Superhero Needs No Cape, is written for teens and young adults. Centered on a boy’s dream of playing major league baseball, the story is an uplifting message to young adults and teenagers about the power of hard work, determination and positive attitude.

His most recently released book, The Drive at 35, reveals his journey of discovery and discusses his methods for beating cystic fibrosis mentally as well as physically, and shares his vision for living positively, contributing to the community at large and attaining seemingly elusive goals. (See: Celine Dion and Garth Brooks are among the celebrities who have praised The Drive at 35 and their forwards are included in the book.

In 2000 Andy started the annual A Wish for Wendy Softball Challenge in memory of his older sister, who died from CF after only 16 days of life, to help raise awareness about cystic fibrosis and fund research for a cure. The softball tournament is now hosted by the Wish for Wendy Foundation, created in August of 2006 by Andy and his family to continue this mission; in recognition Andy was chosen to receive the Community Service Award by 11 Alive-TV. As of 2014 more than $2,000,000 has been contributed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a result of Andy’s vision. In 2012, Lipman was chosen to be one of the 40 under 40 at the University of Georgia. In 2013, Lipman received the Inspiritor Award at the Turknett Leadership Awards. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Georgia, the first CF patient ever to do so.

Lipman was chosen as the finale conference speaker of the Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortly after being certified as a Toastmaster speaker. In 2012, Lipman addressed the Larry Bregman, M.D. Educational Conference in Atlanta, GA, an Education Day session at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, MO, the Children’s Hospital Family Day parents and staff attendees in Norfolk, VA, and the annual conference of the CF Association of Ireland in Wexford, Ireland in addition to sharing his story with local business and civic organizations. In 2013, Lipman spoke at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Lipman has also spoken at several schools including the Marist School, Tritt Elementary and Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School. In 2013, Lipman created a YouTube video “I need a nebulizer” to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis. To date, the video has received over 13,000 views. In 2014, Lipman was a speaker at Terry College Third Thursday and also spoke to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lipman holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and is currently Director of Purchasing at a multinational company in the greater Atlanta area called DiversiTech which has been recognized since 2004 as one of the top 100 private companies in Metro Atlanta. Lipman also serves on the University of Georgia’s Terry College Business board of directors and has done so since 2012.

Early on, doctors believed Lipman would lack the stamina to compete with other children in sports. In fact, doctors told his parents that it was unlikely Lipman would live into his teens. Despite these predictions, Lipman captains a softball team year-round and annually runs the 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race. He also runs and adheres to a rigorous daily workout routine. He has also finished a triathlon and completed the difficult ninety-day workout program P90X. An even greater achievement occurred in 2006 when Lipman became a father, a miracle for any male with cystic fibrosis because they are nearly all are infertile. The Lipman’s second child, also conceived with the help of IVF, was born in 2008.

Lipman wants every child with cystic fibrosis to know that this disease does not have to be a death sentence and that they, too, can live fuller lives than anyone ever envisioned.

Lipman currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Andrea and their two children Avery and Ethan.

If you are interested in more information about A Wish For Wendy, want to participate or donate, please visit their website at The event takes place on Saturday, October 25th at Alpharetta North Park.

Paula Jamieson

Atlanta Personal Fitness – a bodyrich company

Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutritionist



Tips for making a healthy, colorful, protein packed and delicious power salad that will fuel and fill you up.

salmon salad

The Foundation: Start with 1 – 2 cups of lettuce (per serving) – try combining different types of greens for balance and texture.  You can use romaine, iceberg, spinach, kale, Boston leaf, spring mix, etc.

The Palette (aka color): Add lots of color to your salad by adding veggies like tomatoes, broccoli, peppers (red, yellow, green), purple onions, radishes, carrots, avocado, snow peas, cucumbers.  You can even go outside the box and try zucchini, eggplant and squash.  Also, don’t forget your fruits…mandarin oranges, raisins, dried cranberries, strawberries, etc.  The more color, the better.
The Fuel:  Now for the hunger fighting protein – add lean grilled chicken breasts, lean grass fed beef, grilled shrimp, wild caught grilled salmon or other healthy fish.  Also you can add other proteins such as almonds, walnuts, pecans and sunflower seeds.  For the vegan/vegetarian (or just extra protein) add a scoop of quinoa, black beans, lentils or tofu.
The Dressing:  Finally, nothing will ruin a healthy power salad faster than loading it up with an overdose of fatty, unhealthy salad dressing.  Instead, try an oil and vinegar type blend that you can easily make at home.  Mix 3 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar base – such as red wine vinegar or flavored vinegar.  (For a bottle – use about 3/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup vinegar; Smaller serving you can use 3 TB oil to 1 TB of vinegar – whisk in a bowl and drizzle over salad).  With all the flavored vinegar based balsamic and olive oils available now you can create a delicious and healthy alternative to fatty and preservative loaded bottle dressings.  Two of my latest combinations are blueberry balsamic and lemon olive oil and pomegranate balsamic and habanera olive oil.  Play around and find your favorite creation and ENJOY!
Paula Jamieson
Atlanta Personal Fitness – a bodyrich company
Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutritionist


8 guidelines for implementing a Corporate Wellness Program:

1. Establishing a Wellness Committee

Employee involvement is vital to the success of any wellness program. As a result it only makes sense to involve employees in the planning process. Therefore, a wellness committee should be formed that will be responsible for carrying out or overseeing the steps in the planning process.

2. Wellness Program: Assess Employee Needs and Interests (aka survey)

What good is a wellness program if no one participates? Not much –it is important to make sure to assess employee needs and interests with respect to worksite wellness programs. Businesses of all sizes will want to send out a small survey to address the following questions:

  • Are managers willing to participate and encourage others to do so?
  • What do they see as the benefits for employees and the organization?
  • What kinds of worksite wellness activities are they willing to allow?
  • What is the level of employee interest in various types of wellness program activities, the most convenient times and places to schedule activities, and/or suggested organizational changes to promote a more healthful work environment?
  • Discover how employees want to receive program information and how (e.g. electronically, strategically-placed bulletin boards, memos, etc.).
  • What health components (nutrition, physical activity, tobacco) are they most interested in addressing and how?
  • What types of groups might employees be most inclined to join (e.g. walking, yoga, cooking, biking, weight-loss, dance, martial arts, nutrition, etc.)?It is important to think about what you hope to accomplish and who will do what, when and how, regardless of the size of the business. A wellness program mission statement, like an organizational mission statement, briefly lists the goals or accomplishments that the project will strive to achieve. Ideally, objectives should be clear, time-limited and stated in such a way that it is easy to determine whether or not they have been achieved.

3. Designing a Wellness Program

It is important to think about what you hope to accomplish and who will do what, when and how, regardless of the size of the business. A wellness program mission statement, like an organizational mission statement, briefly lists the goals or accomplishments that the project will strive to achieve. Ideally, objectives should be clear, time-limited and stated in such a way that it is easy to determine whether or not they have been achieved.

Examples of wellness program goals include:

  • Reduce the number of employees who smoke from 30 percent to 25 percent by the end of the next fiscal year.
  • Reduce the overall use of sick leave by at least two percent from the previous year, after the first full year of program operation.

4. Develop a Wellness Program Timeline and Wellness Budget

Typically, an internal staff person – with input from the wellness committee and management – develops the wellness program budget. An accurate and comprehensive wellness budget will allow the wellness committee to better compare program costs and outcomes during the program evaluation. The total wellness program budget could also be translated into a per employee cost or (eventually) a per participant cost.

5. Select Wellness Program Incentives

Wellness program incentives attempt to build motivation by offering individuals external rewards for taking steps in the right direction. Wellness program incentives range from recognition in the employee wellness newsletter to a small monetary bonus. They can also include contributions to a “health care savings account,” merchandise awards (e.g., cups, t-shirts, etc.), extra time off from work or travel awards. A common wellness program incentive for important behavior changes is discounted health insurance premiums. Don’t underestimate the power of wellness incentives to motivate people to change.

6. Market the Wellness Program

It is very important market the wellness program to make people aware that the wellness program exists and to motivate them to take advantage of it. The planning process itself can be a powerful marketing tool, selection of a creative name or theme for the wellness program often excites interest. E-mail, bulletin board and/or newsletter announcements are also free or inexpensive. Perhaps the best marketing tools of all, however, are pleased wellness program participants who advertise for you by word-of-mouth.

7. Wellness program implementation:

Implementation involves putting the plan into action. It may require making arrangements with wellness vendors, recruiting health and wellness speakers, negotiating with health plans or health clubs, scheduling wellness activities and more.

8. Wellness Program Evaluation

Periodically review wellness programs to determine their efficiency and effectiveness. A good wellness program evaluation looks at information to learn both how well the program is working and whether or not it is achieving expected results. Occasional modifications based on these results can ensure that a program is following a course that leads to success. Effective wellness programs that are committed to high quality wellness program evaluation will be able to easily show the return-on-investment for the initiative and this type of data will be essential to maintaining, if not growing wellness budget.

Interested in implementing a Corporate Wellness Program and don’t know where to start?  No sweat, we can help!  Whether you are a small company utilizing our private workout facility (staffed with personal trainers) or a company that requires on-site fitness facility management we have a program that will work for you. Some additional services include, but not limited to:

  • Health Fair (know your numbers)
  • Walk/Run programs
  • Nutrition
  • Posters/Flyers/Newsletters
  • On-site fitness center audit

For a free evaluation contact us at:

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