About the Wellness Wordsmith

After successfully establishing and developing one of the strongest arts charter school programs in North Carolina as Artistic Director and Principal for eight years, Sue Kemple and her family faced some serious looming health crises, and she decided it was time to make a change. The profound impact that reclaiming her health has had on her and her children’s lives has since developed into a mission to help others also achieve optimal health and wellness. Sue strongly believes that knowledge is power when it comes to good health. Having been a strong writer all her life who had already self-published several books, she decided that she is best able to help other coaches get this knowledge out there by offering her writing services to them.

Sue obtained her education as a Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, in addition to her earlier studies at Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts.  She keeps her hand in the educational world as the founder of the North Carolina Center for Arts in Education, an online think tank for educational revolution, and as an Educational Consultant and Associate Trainer with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness headquartered in Hayden Lake, Idaho.  The self-published author of The Simple Path to a Vibrant Life, Five Principles That Make for Healthy Principals, and And We Danced – Lament for a Brother, Sue is currently working on several forthcoming books as co-author or ghostwriter.

Sue and her family live a rich, happy, and healthy life in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina.



4 thoughts on “About the Wellness Wordsmith

  1. Wonderfully written article…especially as I am going through the IIN program now, and particularly focused on helping the athletic coaches deal with their delicate challenges with overweight student athletes. Most coaches are in a quandary with how to approach the students, and more so, the parents who don’t necessarily lead healthy lifestyles at home. The number of young kids on the swimming team, for example, who’s waists are measuring 33-35″ (age 8-11) is disheartening. I am a professional chef, taking the angle of teaching these kids how to eat (pre-event, post-event, etc). IIN is a great overlay …so thanks for pushing the envelope with the info your site!

  2. The three biggest issues with modern U.S. healthcare are:
    1. Taking the patient out of the economic choices
    2. Allowing the legal system to dictate “defensive” medicine
    2. And, not holding patients accountable for their lifestyle choices.

    Up until the mid 1970’s, most people with health and prescription insurance were required to pay “up-front” and then receive reimbursement at a later date. The reimbursement usually included a reasonable deductible, followed by a payment that accounted for about 80% of the cost. Only after a substantial out-of-pocket cost, were surgical, hospital, doctor visit and medication costs fully reimbursed. Patients rarely visited a physician or Emergency Room unless they were really ill and truly needed medical care.

    Today, we have masses of people regularly seeking medical care, prescription drugs and every other conceivable medical service because their insurance coverage pays. This is great for truly ill individuals, but the system is regularly abused by those who view their coverage as a low cost or no cost benefit (usually those people who pay little or nothing for their coverage). When people pay a $10 co-pay for a prescription or a $15 co-pay at a physician’s office, they have no idea that “cash cost” of that same prescription might be $600 or that the physician’s fee might be $300. This has led to massive inflation in both medical and pharmaceutical fields. It has also allowed the insurance industry to flourish and take almost total control of the healthcare system.

    Today we also have all medical and allied heath professionals practicing in a defensive mode. Instead of relying on the training and experience of the professionals, everyone has been forced into endless diagnostics and documentation. Health practitioners are often paralyzed into doing very little, while ordering endless testing for fear of being accused of malpractice. Until we reform the legal system, costs will continue to escalate.

    Finally, we have the “carefree” patients. Diabetes and hypertension account for a massive amount of healthcare costs. Much of the diabetes and hypertyension are secondary to obesity and poor lifestyle choices (poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, etc.). As long as people refuse to adopt a healthier lifestyle, long term medical costs will never come under control. Some day it may truly become necessary to “ration services” since there won’t be enough revenues and services to care for all the people seeking “good health with no personal effort.”

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