Hello! I'm Jan Haworth.
I'm on a mission to discover, experiment with, and communicate what living well and with good health really means.
Why? Because in April 2011, at the ripe old age of 36 I heard the words no one ever expects to hear "You have breast cancer".....that unforgettable moment is engraved in my memory like it was 5 minutes ago - its safe to say it was a gamechanger!
From that day on, my life, and the way I lived it, was never the same.
Following the usual succession of treatments (lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy), I realised I needed to rethink how I was doing things.
Living in Bristol in the United Kingdom at the time, I was lucky enough to be near the amazing centre that is Penny Brohn Cancer Care, a wonderful wellness charity helping us understand that good health is about more than whats going on in our bodies, but also our mental, emotional and spiritual health (plus the realisation that I really didn't eat enough vegetables!).
On returning to my homeland New Zealand, I realised I no longer had passion for my previous career in television editing. My transformation, my new way of living, was so positive I was inspired to help others do and feel the same.
And so building on my psychology degree, personal experience of illness and healing, and current training as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through IIN, I want to spread the good news (so to speak, and in a non-religious way!)!
Whether you're recovering from a serious illness, or just stuck in a really unhealthy groove, I want to help you do all you can to feel great, look great, and have the energy to live an amazing life that you love.
I've always been fascinated by people - being one myself and all -and what makes us tick! Hence my education began with a psychology degree from Waikato University. Enthralled as I was, I felt the call for adventure outside a lab, and so one month into my Masters in Neuropsychology I broke the news to my professor, sold my computer and bought the cheapest ticket I could find to the other side of the world.
I spent the next 16 years travelling, working in almost every job you could imagine, and generally getting up to mischief until I eventually found myself living in Bristol, married, working in television editing with a 15 month old son. Cue cancers arrival! (You can read all about that part here!)
After all that, I felt inspired to know more about my body, how to look after it, why we don't look after it and how to help others look after theirs. Plus of course to definitively know what's the meaning of life!
I received my training as a health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than 100 dietary theories (if you think that sounds confusing it sure is, but I can make it easy for you!) and studied a variety of practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.
My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
I'm also a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and spend a lot of my time teaching Mindfulness Based Resilience at work to the staff at Counties Manakau (believe me, these wonderful people need it!). Mindfulness meditation has been a key part of my post-cancer life and sanity! I aim to offer at least one public course each year, so be sure to contact me if you'd like to know more!
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, positive psychology and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my personal experience of illness and healing, I created and run Life 2.0 courses, all about living life after cancer as well as work with people one-to-one to reach their goals of being as healthy and happy as possible.
If you're looking to learn more about life after cancer, then visit my other website here.