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Karen Owoc, ACSM-CEP, ACSM/ACS-CET, is a clinical exercise physiologist in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center, inspirational speaker, and author of her new book on longevity, “Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100”. She has been the weekly health expert on KRON 4 News in San Francisco for the past 4-1/2 years, speaking on all aspects of health and lifestyle medicine in over 200 television interviews. karenowoc.com  

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Karen Owoc, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-CET is a clinical exercise physiologist in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center and works privately as a medical fitness trainer and plant-based nutrition consultant. She is also a speaker on lifestyle medicine and has been the weekly TV health expert on KRON 4 news in San Francisco for the past 4-1/2 years, speaking on all aspects of health in over 200 television interviews. Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, Karen focuses on the fascinating findings of human longevity and the centenarian lifestyle.

Because of her love for sports and family history of early-onset heart disease, Karen focused on a career path where food and exercise are used to treat, manage, and prevent disease. She just released her first book on functional longevity, “Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100” and also posts on her lifestyle blog, karenowoc.com.

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Karen Owoc, ACSM-CEP, ACSM/ACS-CET is a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation physiologist at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center and also a private medical fitness trainer with a focus on functional longevity. She grew up playing and competing in many sports, with skiing being her passion. Karen’s unique approach to a healthy mindset and weight loss has been popularized in her e-books: Why-Can’t-I-Lose-Weight Troubleshooting Guide, The Happy Brain Blueprint, and The Happy Brain Hormone Guide. 

As a medical weight management facilitator and clinical exercise physiologist, Karen has helped hundreds of men and women manage their chronic health conditions and live happier, more functional lives. Weight loss is often a beneficial side effect. She believes the reason most people can’t lose weight is because they’ve been trained to diet, that is, to deprive themselves of food vs use it as medicine. 

Karen has extensive experience teaching nutrition and prescribing exercise as a treatment and prevention strategy for high-risk adults challenged with conditions often associated with lifestyle, such as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and cancer.

She teaches plant-based nutrition classes and appears on the KRON 4 morning news every weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area as their expert on healthy living. As a health show host and frequent health contributor, Karen has appeared on ABC 10 and has been quoted in media outlets, such as CNN Health, FoxNews.com, Livestrong, NBC Bay Area, Newsday, HuffPost, USA Gymnastics, and USA Volleyball. karenowoc.com

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, concentration in Biodynamics
  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Certified Memory Program Specialist, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, American Council on Exercise
  • Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Certified Orthopedic Specialist, American Council on Exercise
  • Certified Balance Training Specialist, Zibrio
  • Certified Living Strong, Living Well Instructor (cancer), Stanford School of Medicine
  • 2014 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Award
  • 2008 Richard M. Aronson Special Service Award