SCHUYLER FALLS - Even though she won a bronze medal for synchronized swimming at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Catherine Garceau had other issues she was dealing with at the time.
Garceau retired from the sport two years after the Sydney games, due to depression, feeling burned out, and dealing with bulimia.
"It was then that I started to ask myself the questions of how would it be harder to overcome eating disorders than winning an Olympic medal," Garceau said. "Because I had the same determination to get better, but I just couldn't."
From there, she explained how she began researching health and wellness concepts, which led her on the journey of meeting various top experts in different fields of health. In January, Garceau put what she knew together, along with help of some experts, and began her own program to help other people in need - the Wellness Olympiad.
"A lot of the traditional American diet is not conducive to having a healthy relationship with food," she explained. "It all kind of came together and that's why I created the Wellness Olympiad for others to start to learn what I explored and what allowed me to move forward in my recovery and healing."
Garceau reaches those in need through several mediums.
Offering a free series of tele-seminars, anyone who would like to inquire about her programs can sign up for her free series at www.wellnessolympiad.com/free-series and also join the free Wellness Olympiad Community at www.teaminnergold.com. This gives participants access to pre-recorded interviews that were part of the pre-Olympiad activities and gives them all the details for ongoing programs and events, including her Wellness Radio Show at www.blogtalkradio.com/wellnessolympiad.
In her current free series, she is focusing on soulful eating for true healing. The first in this series was held June 29, but it has been archived and is available to listen to on-line. The others will be held July 5, 12, and 19.
Her more intensive program, The Wellness Olympiad Home Study Program is offered through a "tele-class" series that people can either listen to on the phone live, or download them as an MP3 following the tele-class.
"It's a six-week process where we go class by class," she said. "Participants receive a study guide so they can take notes and really go through the process of exploring all the different dynamics that could be affecting them more than they think."
According to Garceau, the paid process is much more comprehensive, and is held three times a week during the six weeks.
"In addition to having access to top level health information through recorded interviews, I offer group coaching and Q & A calls for greater interaction and understanding," she explained.
For teenagers who may be going through the issue of eating disorders, Garceau suggests parents take the program with them.
"They do it together, and they can really gain insight as to what's going on with their daughter. That way, they learn and grow together and make decisions based on that," she explained.
For more information about Wellness Olympiad, visit www.wellnessolympiad.com or e-mail Garceau at email@example.com.