Food, Fitness, Finesse, & Fun!
Presenter: Jeff Carter, PT
Jeffrey S. Carter, PT, MBA graduated Suma Cum Laude receiving his physical therapy degrees from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and from Kean University in 1985. He graduated as the top ranked student at GVSU when he received his MBA in 2007. Jeff moved from New Jersey to Michigan when he was recruited by Mary Free Bed in 1995 to be their headache specialist, chronic pain specialist and because of his extensive orthopedic experience. Over the 37 years Jeff has been a practicing PT, he has managed 6 PT practices, treated patients from pediatric to geriatric and from mere mortals to elite professional athletes. Jeff is also a clinical instructor at GVSU and Baker College. He has mentored hundreds of students from many colleges and university. Jeff’s passion for Functional Medicine / Integrative Health is extreme and he has spent countless hours studying the works and research of the leaders in this field. Jeff owns and operates Apogee Therapy Center, LLC. Apogee opened in Sept 2012 and has three locations (Grandville, MI. Greenville, SC. Spartanburg, SC) and is the only multidisciplined Functional Medicine rehabilitation facility in West Michigan consisting of physical therapy, speech therapy, massage therapy and nutrition therapy. Jeff’s wife, Chef Sharon C. Carter, RDN, LDN has mentored Jeff in nutrition science. Jeff has spent over 1,500 hours studying food, nutrition and health science from world renown researchers and physicians. Jeff diligently personally applies functional medicine principles and loves to teach them to others.
Summary: America is in a healthcare crisis. In 2019, the USA spent $3.8 Trillion in healthcare ($11,582 per capita) and Type 2 DM = $327 Billion in 2017 and $380 Billion in 2021! Add in lost production of $90 Billion from Type 2 DM, and the total cost in 2021 = a whopping $470 Billion. Americans are sicker and fatter than ever. It is projected for the first time in history that the youth of today will live shorter and be poorer than their parents. Americans consume an enormous amount of highly processed food and sugar and it is killing us through death by 1000 cuts! The “Disease Management System” and our education system have failed. We live in a world of mega information overload regarding diet, exercise, and fitness. There are so many new diets and fitness programs hitting the web on a regular basis. Though there has been a great rise in fitness studios and the use of personal trainers, the crisis is still growing. Healthcare providers need to step up and be informed, practice healthy lifestyles themselves and teach others how to do it themselves!