a physician's prescription for a healthy home

Home Around the Well Home A conversation with She Built It

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Melanie Barr, founder of SheBuiltIt (http://www.shebuiltit.com), a community celebrating entrepreneurs and those who take career leaps.  What follows is a synopsis of our conversation:

“We only get one chance at this rodeo. If you want something, go get it. Period.”



Dr. Beth Ricanati is the founder of House Calls for Wellness, a social media based content business born from the belief that wellness starts in your home. Beth has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and we should be thankful because what she is creating helps women and their families around the world live healthier lives. House Calls for Wellness provides simple, practical ideas for creating and sustaining a healthy home for you and your family, with daily tips on her Instagram (@housecallsforwellness) to create a healthier lifestyle. She is working on a book currently that looks at our homes, room by room, providing a guidebook for women to live healthier lives.


Beth’s experience as both a women’s health physician at Columbia Presbyterian in New York City and at The Cleveland Clinic, followed by her work as the founding medical director of Lifestyle 180 at the Cleveland Clinic led her to what she is creating today. She found herself having the same conversation over and over again with her patients; daily, she was repeating the same suggestions to make small but life altering changes in diet and exercise. She quickly realized that she could make a significant difference with women by encouraging them to do very simple things such as – eat blueberries, go on a daily walk, try some simple yoga poses, or even behaviors such as regularly changing your toothbrush.


It was exciting for Beth to see women’s health improve after following what seem to be simple suggestions, and even more exciting to see the effects these changes were having on their families and children. Beth’s biggest challenge initially at Lifestyle 180 was convincing her colleagues that these small changes really made an impact. “When I mentioned significant improvements in our patients’ health when they ate more fruits (think: blueberries) and practiced yoga, they looked at me like I was crazy.” Beth and her colleagues checked the patients’ labs throughout the program, and a couple weeks into the program, they saw substantial improvement.


Beth needed a larger platform to share her life changing suggestions. At this time, she also began to have media opportunities such as writing for YouBeauty.com, created by Drs. Oz and Roizen, and she realized that she could help thousands of patients improve their health instead of just a few. “Most of us are trying to lead healthy lifestyles and be good role models for our children. You don’t need to be perfect, just make a few small changes.”


During a particularly cold winter in Cleveland, Ohio, Beth’s husband called her to mention he had the opportunity to interview for a position in Los Angeles. Without hesitation Beth said, “You have to go.” Santa Monica is now home for the Ricanati family, and creating the House Calls For Wellness has allowed her to pick up on the west coast right where she left off.


What is Beth’s advise for someone contemplating a career or entrepreneurial leap…. “Absolutely do it. It’s so great for you, and it allows you to be a role model as well. I love that we can keep learning and growing and trying new things!”


She Built It Celebrates Dr. Beth Ricanati’s success. Cheers to you, Beth.


The post first appeared on www.shebuiltit.com.

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