Women often face a long daily to-do list.
Falling to the bottom, all too often, is their own well-being.
Hopkinton resident Sue-Ellen Anderson-Haynes owns a business that aims to change that.
Her venture, 360 Girls & Women (360girlsandwomen.com), provides holistic health and wellness services for females. She offers personalized plans for health improvement and maintenance, disease prevention and healing.
“We tend to take care of our family, our career, our school,” Anderson-Haynes said.
But this familiar caretaking can be a challenge without caring for yourself, she said.
Her clients come to her with a variety of concerns, from fibroids to pregnancy planning to menstrual cramps and to the desire to improve lab numbers, such as blood sugar levels and cholesterol.
She takes the whole health approach, which is why she included “360” in her business name.
A registered dietician with more than 10 years of experience, she also is a certified personal trainer, diabetes educator and adult weight management trainer.
She has learned from this experience that staying healthy and strong is a “multi-faceted job.”
Her work focuses on a four-part system.
The first is nutrition. “Food should be nourishing and pleasing to the palate,” she writes on her website. Eating a plant-based diet is ideal, she notes.
Fitness is the second principle. Staying active can be challenging amid a busy schedule, she said. But her program provides exercise guidelines and routines and offers tips on how to fit physical activity into a busy lifestyle.
The third principle involves beauty. She encourages women to choose healthy products to beautify themselves and their homes.
The fourth aspect is mental clarity, which she described as vital to one’s well-being.
Having enough rest, meditating and nurturing meaningful relationships and spiritual needs creates a mental space that can help women better deal with adversity and challenges, she said.
She encourages women to be mindful of their health. Don’t wait until developing significant problems to see a health professional, she said.
“Prevention is something I really emphasize,” she said. Health problems can be tackled, but the situation is easier when issues are discovered at an early stage, she noted.
She also reminds women that they should not pressure themselves to be perfect when tackling health goals. Taking “baby steps” can add up to big strides, she said.
“You can definitely move the needle in the right direction,” she said. “Small things we can do every day are really important. It’s a journey.”
Her programs run for three months, she stated, because improvements take time.
She approaches her clients with support, not judgment, she said. She noted that she has worked with clients of all ages, racial and cultural backgrounds and health conditions.
“We work together as a team,” she said. “I’m the coach, you’re playing the game, and the game is life.”