You Are What You Think: Creating a Mindset of Health


Raquel Garzon, DHSc, RDN, SSGB

President, Revitalize Project, Inc./Wellness Specialist, Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University

CHES 1.0* | ICHWC 1.0 |CDR 1.0

There is more health information available than ever, but does that translate to better behaviors? The Knowing-Doing Gap is when we know what we need to do, but we don’t do it. Many interventions focus on changing our behaviors, but these behaviors are an extension of our underlying mindset, or how we think. This session will outline factors that can sabotage our best health promoting intentions and provide strategies to change a mindset to one that enables positive health behaviors. Five major mindset barriers to engaging in health-related behaviors will be outlined, accompanied by research-based actions that can help prevent or overcome these issues. Additionally, five key daily practices will be introduced that contribute to building a mindset that enables health-related choices and practices. Health promotion professionals will have an opportunity to discuss how they can incorporate what they learn into health promotion education and programming.

Presenter Bio(s):

Dr. Raquel Garzon is the President of Revitalize Project, a performance and wellness consulting company. She also serves as the Wellness Specialist for New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and an Assistant Professor. As a speaker and thought leader, Dr. Garzon has delivered inspirational and valuable health, performance, and leadership content to thousands of high performers in the areas of business and sports in over 25 countries.  She has presented to executive audiences from 35 of the top Fortune 100 companies as well as to 12 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. She also enjoys working with employees in manufacturing and production environments. Dr. Garzon has clinical and community wellness experience with adults and children. She has also worked as a Maternal and Pediatric Dietitian for the U.S. Army, where she was awarded a civil service medal of honor. She has experience communicating health and wellness information through media, including publications, television, radio, and social media, in both English and Spanish.

She earned her Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University with an emphasis in Global Health.  Dr. Garzon also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Texas A&M University. She is a certified ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt, a Registered Dietitian, and a Certified Personal Trainer. She serves on the editorial review board for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal.

Raquel currently lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children and enjoys traveling with her family, salsa dancing, and kickboxing. She is fluent in Spanish and hopes to learn another language someday.