About Chris Vasiladis
Being a Certified Health and Wellness Coach since 2008 has been my favorite career. I almost can’t imagine doing anything else: I’ve loved helping hundreds of people increase their energy and vitality, and craft their recharged health and wellness.
Hear me discussing my Energize Your Health tagline and what to prioritize over work/life balance in these excerpts from an interview with Margy Rydzynsky of Arlington Entrepreneurs.
From MS to Mastering My Health
In late 2005, out of nowhere, I developed symptoms of and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis: a chronic disease of the central nervous system. Like most people who receive this diagnosis, it was a shock to me, my family and friends. Up until that moment, I felt I had led a healthy life and was never “sick” for any extreme length of time.
That diagnosis was my wake-up-call to make my wellness a priority. Since then, after many tests, doctors’ visits and soul-searching, I’ve made many changes to improve my health and energy. They include a healthier diet, re-connecting with my spirituality, incorporating stress management techniques and mindfulness practices, and creating an exercise routine that has helped shed excess weight, body fat, and toned my body.
These changes didn’t happen overnight. Along with accepting my diagnosis, it took time to incorporate these new behaviors and instill them as habits. Despite having a chronic illness, I now feel healthier than I’ve ever been in my lifetime.
Having gone through this life experience, I now focus my profession on helping others take control of their well-being. With sustained positive energy and prioritizing your wellness, you build a powerful capacity for weathering life’s inevitable ups and downs. It’s hard to work effectively, enjoy your life and be a support system to others when you’re not in your best health.
I created Priority Wellness to serve people who are unhappy with their current level of energy and vitality, their inner light feels dimmed, and they’re ready to make changes to fire up and shine. It’s my intention to empower as many people as possible to be:
- steady in their energy and focus,
- resilient in their health and performance, and
- sane in how they run the swirl of their professional and personal lives.
Along with my commitment to you, I bring my personal life-changing health experience, success in getting results for hundreds of professionals, and credentials with three noteworthy wellness organizations.
The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the National Board of Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) collaborated to enable the 2017 rollout of the National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches. I was part of the first cohort of over 1,100 health & wellness coaches nationwide to earn this credential.
Wellcoaches Coach Training School, in partnership with ACSM, is setting the gold standard for training and certifying Health and Wellness Coaches. In addition, obtaining a Certification in Personal Training from ACSM furnished me with the skills and knowledge to promote sound exercise programs and ultimately healthier lifestyles for others.
There is no “silver bullet” or one-size-fits-all approach to wellness. We’ll work together to determine your priorities and discover the best steps that work for you. I’d be honored to guide you next. Let’s begin.
Other Fun Facts About Me
If I couldn’t work as health and wellness coach, it would be neat to do something around food. I deeply appreciate quality, well-prepared food and the experience of dining out: for me, going out to eat and checking out new restaurants is a delicious adventure! Being a food critic would be a dream job, along with staying at bed and breakfasts and doing day trips exploring new cities and towns in my travels.
Another hobby of mine is reading: I’ve loved books since I was a small child. I recall being giddy every time I visited my home town library for story time, and I cherished my first library card. My mom and I would ride the subway into downtown Boston every weekend to Filene’s Basement, and I would get to choose a book out of their book bins. My earliest favorite authors I remember are Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder. These days, I most enjoy reading historical fiction. Any time I’ve moved homes, one of the first items I get is a library card from the local library.
While I’ve lived in New England my whole life, I am not a fan of the snow. What gets me through the winter (besides nutrient-dense comfort food and good books) is counting the days to Red Sox opening day at Fenway Park: I am a huge Red Sox fan!