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Engineer Switches Careers to Inspire and Educate

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – “I became passionate about health awareness when my mother was diagnosed with a terminal disease and given one year to live,” Pat Min Cohen said. “She healed herself using alternative therapies and nutrition.”

As a result, the North Salem resident, who has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and had been working in “corporate America,” took on a new mission and a new career. Min Cohen studied holistic medicine and nutritional counseling and eventually became a certified health coach.

Min Cohen considers her approach to be “very individual.” Each person has different needs, she said, so she helps people find “what would work for them, as an individual.” She herself is vegetarian, but, “it’s not for everyone.”

What is for everyone, though, is “staying hydrated. The majority of people do not drink enough water,” she said. “It helps your skin and your well-being and takes the toxins out of your body.”

Her program begins with a free consultation. Those interested go on to confer with her twice a month for about six months. The session lasts about 50 minutes. During this period, each client learns which primary and secondary foods are appropriate for his or her individual body. Min Cohen said she helps them to make modifications in both eating habits and lifestyle. They may even take a trip to the farmers market together to discuss what is delicious and healthy.

The Min family came from South Korea when she was seven and a half, because her parents thought the United States would offer more opportunities for their three daughters.

To learn more about Min Cohen's company, Nutritional Spirit, visit the website .

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