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Nov 28, 2018 8:22:01 AM | Army Vet and Spouse Uses Nutrition for Stress |

Army vet and spouse, Pam Chavez, discovered how her food choices played a role in her physical and mental health when she began drinking a smoothie daily.

pam chavez in kitchen
Photo by Gail Parsons, 1st Inf. Div. Post

American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) graduate, Army veteran and spouse,  Pam Chavez, discovered how her food choices played a vital role in her physical and mental health when she began drinking one green smoothie daily.  Her journey toward eating nutritional food led her to not only feeling better but after suffering several miscarriages resulted in giving birth to three healthy sons.

While the family was stationed in Korea, Chavez visited the large, local food markets where she found flavorful, fresh wonderful produce.  She learned to communicate with the vendors and experimented with the various items of produce that she was discovering.  She worked with the local people to make kimchi, a staple food for Korean families used to promote wellness.

“I began experimenting with the food I found, challenged myself to figure out how to prepare it, and began taking other military wives to the market so they can learn how to purchase fresh  food.  I then provided recipes and ideas about how to prepare it. That was the beginning of my passion and my business.”

Chavez completed ACHS’s Certificate in Nutrition Consulting course while stationed overseas and learned the science behind the anecdotal success she experienced. “I love it that ACHS is a military friendly institution, ACHS makes it easy for U.S. Armed Forces service members, military spouses, and veterans to maximize their education benefits and invest in their future with career training in holistic health. Because of ACHS I discover my passion,” says Chavez.

Chavez says, “Unlike other distance learning platforms I researched, ACHS’s course included a requirement to create a business plan. Once I completed the business course, I knew I could use it to start my own business.”

As a medic in the military, Army wife and mother, she knows first-hand how stress affects the body and describes stress as "fast food on the body. What she learned at ACHS about proper nutrition and supporting herself holistically opened the door to a new world.  

Chavez and her family are currently stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.  She continues to teach and support her community with a special focus on supporting military spouses. “I believe that I can best help alleviate stress and promote the health of our military members and their families by providing education about nutrition that supports them both emotionally and physically” 

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Judy Starr

Written By: Judy Starr

Judy Starr, VP of External Relations at American College of Healthcare Sciences, has more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and brings her expertise in marketing and communications to ACHS. She has raised millions of dollars during her career through her work with major gift donors, foundation grant writing and corporate relations. Judy is a vegan who seeks to inspire others with her passion for organic unprocessed foods. As a licensed esthetician for 28 years, she has served at day spas and at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Aguada, Puerto Rico, where she taught skin care classes and provided skin care and Reiki treatments. Through her unique career journey, she has learned the value of choosing pure unadulterated natural ingredients for customized skincare regimens. Her niche spa experience gives her a unique perspective and platform to share industry-specific knowledge in the realm of natural skin care, body care and holistic wellness. Judy has been a Reiki master for 20 years.