We had the good fortune of connecting with Janie Charlot and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janie, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
In the midst of COVID19, it seems as if everything I have ever learned along the way was in preparation for this very moment in time. Although COIVD19 has been called the great equalizer and no-one was immune and anyone could succumb to the virus, It is exposing that African Americans are more likely to die from the virus than white Americans. Although I could go on and on about this COVID19 virus, I think that focusing on the PREVENTION and HEALING of this disease and other illnesses is paramount especially for African Americans. The rates of hypertension, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are and has been among the highest in the world for African Americans. I am certified in Obesity Treatment/Management in Primary Care. Obesity now trumps smoking as the greatest health disparity of this time. My Health & Weight Loss Clinic is on a mission to provide communities with the necessary tools, education, coaching, and plans to gain and maintain a life of good health and balance. I believe being healthy consists of knowing and taking care of the body both inside & out so I focus on the whole body: physically, mentally, & spiritually. Good Health requires a conscious way of living and I am here to spread the movement especially in the African American Communities. My podcast, Matters of the Heart & Soul is also another branch to connect people to each other and to connect our minds with our hearts in such interesting times. It serves as a platform to teach, learn, and grow from each of such critical concerns: the heart & soul.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
NP’s Hired Health & Weight Loss provide quality medical consultations, education, prevention, treatment and management of acute and chronic diseases to businesses, individuals, and communities by nurse practitioners. Obesity is defined in the medical world by being 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. Currently, Georgia has the 24th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and has the 18th highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17. It took many years to get all this fat, and it will take many more years of social change, education, behavior modification, improved medical treatments, and physical movement to reverse the alarming data. Obesity is now recognized as a chronic and progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental, social, and genetic factors. It is with great pride that we have adopted this great health disparity as our mission! Our drive is to provide world-wide education on the causes, importance of keeping the scale balanced through life’s many challenges, proper nutrition for parents and children, importance of physical activity, healthy lifestyles, prevention of other chronic diseases linked to obesity, and providing treatment in unique ways to those populations that we can reach. If there is anything we want to manifest in our lives, we have to practice it and become it. To advocate for “health”, I had to become “health” myself on all levels and truly live the life that I preach. I like to cook healthy meals for my loved ones. I like to work out, maintain an active lifestyle, balance the physical, mental, & spiritual aspects of health; and I try to encourage those things for my loved ones just the same. So it is important to me that patients/clients know the value I place on helping them “become health” no matter what we have to do in the process of getting there. I think focusing my business on service and helping others has brought great rewards beyond anything else I could ever mention. There will always be bumps in the road, COVID19 for example; but I’ve learned to keep moving forward no matter what. At the end of the day, It truly is about what we have given and not what we have received.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Over the years, Atlanta has really grown and is really a wonderful City. I am still discovering new and charming areas to eat and hang out… Here are just a few: Atlanta beltline is a new and poplar attraction. The Beltline is a former railway corrider around the core of Atlanta that has been under development in stages. There is 22 miles of multi-use trails, parks, and places to eat. The historic Fourth Ward Skate Park is located right on the belt line. Activities are plenty for spectators, skateboarders, runners, bikers, and walkers! For Seafood lovers, Tues-Saturday Gumbeaux’s Cajun Café is a great place to grab lunch or dinner. Its right outside the city in Douglasville, GA, the menu is massive, and the drinks are amazing too! First Watch Café- Vinings has become a healthy choice for breakfast and brunch! Atlantic Station is a residential and commercial area to shop, eat and drink.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We NEVER travel our journey alone. There are SO many people to thank so far on this journey and there will be plenty more before it’s all over with. My parents are among the top to Thank for being the people that came together, shared their love, and then in re-turn created me in love. My ancestors and deceased loved ones are to thank for creating foundations and pathways for me to be able to do exactly what I am doing now with such freedom and transparency. All of my siblings, friends, family members, classmates, and coworkers are to thank for sharing a little bit of their light with me and allowing me to share a little of mine with them. I thank all of the relationships, jobs, and projects that DID NOT work out because it has also played a part in cultivating me to get to this very present moment in time. I thank all the special souls I have come in contact with that thrusts me forward on my mission on a daily basis. Whether you help me physically, mentally, or spiritually, the encounter is always appreciated.