Passionate about healthy living

2018-11-13 06:00
The founder of Brookdale Health Hydro, Wendy Somers-Cox­.PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZI

The founder of Brookdale Health Hydro, Wendy Somers-Cox­.PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZI

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THE Fever’s Phindile Shozi had a one-on-one chat with the founder of Brookdale Health Hydro, Wendy Summer-Cox, who gave some insight into her experience as a businesswoman.

  • Tell us a bit more about yourself.
  • I am Wendy Somers-Cox and I am the founder of Brookdale Health Hydro.

I am in a unique business where we can be instrumental in changing people’s lives.

PS: What encouraged you to start your own business?

WS: There was a gap in the market

PS: What challenges have you come across in your journey to success?

WS: Challenges of any successful business are hard work, perseverance, leading by example and a passion for health related issues.

We try to increase our guest’s awareness of all health issues; being primarily exercise, nutrition, stress and supplementation; and, together with our passionate, dedicated staff, we are able to achieve this.

Most people in South Africa have the perception that Health Hydro’s are places that deprive you of food so marketing Brookdale was a challenge as we serve our guests healthy and nourishing meals as well as encourage them to follow a healthy lifestyle.

The other two Health Hydro’s did not run a registered Lifestyle Management Programme whereas Brookdale does.

PS: Can you please share with us how you overcame your challenges/obstacles.

WS: By working hard and diligently

PS: What are your aspirations?

WS: To make sure that we maintain our very high standards and continue to be the best Health Hydro in South Africa.

PS: Who inspires you to do better?

WS: The actual guests who come to Brookdale inspire me with the healthy choices learnt while staying with us

PS: What is your message to young women out there?

WS: My message is life is for living, our health is our most precious asset and we do not invest in it nearly enough.

It does not really matter how much money we have, we cannot always buy back our health — it is a priceless commodity. So be kind to you, assess your health risks and take action to improve those factors.

TIPS TO LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE

- Manage your stress

- Be kind to yourself

- Eat healthy and nourishing food

- Go for a nice brisk walk

- Be around loved ones

- Laugh a lot

- Embrace life — it is wonderful and awesome

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