The Connection 18th Edition : Page 5

from the publisher As this issue of Health DimensionsÕ magazine, The Connection , goes to press I find myself looking down the path that led me here, to this point in time. ThatÕs because itÕs a big year, both for the company and for me person-ally. ItÕs my 60th, the companyÕs 20th, and the magazineÕs 10th, all within a yearÕs time. Wow, what a year! I have to smile as I look back. ItÕs been an interesting journey. From opening a little strawberry stand with a girlfriend as a young woman, to working as a corporate trainer, and then to creating Health DimensionsÑa suc-cessful health and wellness company that now touches the lives of thousands of working men and women every monthÑI have learned so much. There have been trials and tribulations, mistakes made, and challenges along the way. But no regrets. Through the years, a passion for health and wellness has been my guiding light. ItÕs what led me to start a corporate training business, a little venture that would lead to bigger things than I could have imagined. I was in my thirties then, and teaching employee stress and weight management programs in San Diego. My cor-porate clients started asking if there was anything else I could do for them. After some thought I said, how about a health fair for your employees at your worksite? And Health Dimensions was born. The first year was exciting! I ran Health Dimensions from my home with the help of one employee and our first assignment was a biggie: 13 health fairs for Home Depot. That first year was scary too. I was a single mom raising two teenage boys so failure wasnÕt an option. That made me determined and motivated, to say the least, and the business grew. In 1999, we purchased an adorable cottage-style building in Carlsbad Village and moved our operations there. Then we expanded our service area to include Orange County and published the inaugural issue of this magazine in 2001. To my surprise and delight, both of my sons asked to join the company at different times. Each trained with me for almost a year, and then opened offices of their own: one in Phoenix and the other in Dallas. Those were proud moments for me. I love having them in the business, though I miss having my family close to me. ItÕs a difficult trade off. IÕve also had the pleasure of working with some incred-ible people along the way, like Jane Adolph who has been with me for 12 of the last twenty years. SheÕs a dedicated, loyal, hardworking, and honest employee, and, most of all, a beautiful person. Then there is Daryl Hawkins who joined the company as Vice President three years ago and has taken my vision and leadership to a whole new level. Today, Health Dimensions coordinates corporate health and wellness programs in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Dallas, and we have plans for further expansion. Other exciting services and prod-ucts are also on the horizon. The journey is far from over. I am so blessed to have my sons in the business, won-derful employees, a great manager, loyal and dedicated clients, and a loving husband mentoring me along the way. My cup runneth over. Rodell Jackson Publisher Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.Ó Denis Diderot (1713 -1784) b b your guide to better living 

Publisher's Letter

As this issue of Health DimensionsÕ magazine, The Connection, goes to press I find myself looking down the path that led me here, to this point in time. ThatÕs because itÕs a big year, both for the company and for me personally. ItÕs my 60th, the companyÕs 20th, and the magazineÕs 10th, all within a yearÕs time. Wow, what a year!<br /> <br /> I have to smile as I look back. ItÕs been an interesting journey. From opening a little strawberry stand with a girlfriend as a young woman, to working as a corporate trainer, and then to creating Health DimensionsÑa successful health and wellness company that now touches the lives of thousands of working men and women every monthÑI have learned so much. There have been trials and tribulations, mistakes made, and challenges along the way. But no regrets.<br /> <br /> Through the years, a passion for health and wellness has been my guiding light. ItÕs what led me to start a corporate training business, a little venture that would lead to bigger things than I could have imagined.<br /> <br /> I was in my thirties then, and teaching employee stress and weight management programs in San Diego. My corporate clients started asking if there was anything else I could do for them. After some thought I said, how about a health fair for your employees at your worksite? And Health Dimensions was born.<br /> <br /> The first year was exciting! I ran Health Dimensions from my home with the help of one employee and our first assignment was a biggie: 13 health fairs for Home Depot. That first year was scary too. I was a single mom raising two teenage boys so failure wasnÕt an option. That made me determined and motivated, to say the least, and the business grew.<br /> <br /> In 1999, we purchased an adorable cottage-style building in Carlsbad Village and moved our operations there. Then we expanded our service area to include Orange County and published the inaugural issue of this magazine in 2001.<br /> <br /> To my surprise and delight, both of my sons asked to join the company at different times. Each trained with me for almost a year, and then opened offices of their own: one in Phoenix and the other in Dallas. Those were proud moments for me. I love having them in the business, though I miss having my family close to me. ItÕs a difficult trade off.<br /> <br /> IÕve also had the pleasure of working with some incredible people along the way, like Jane Adolph who has been with me for 12 of the last twenty years. SheÕs a dedicated, loyal, hardworking, and honest employee, and, most of all, a beautiful person. Then there is Daryl Hawkins who joined the company as Vice President three years ago and has taken my vision and leadership to a whole new level.<br /> <br /> Today, Health Dimensions coordinates corporate health and wellness programs in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Dallas, and we have plans for further expansion. Other exciting services and products are also on the horizon. The journey is far from over.<br /> <br /> I am so blessed to have my sons in the business, wonderful employees, a great manager, loyal and dedicated clients, and a loving husband mentoring me along the way. My cup runneth over.<br /> <br /> Rodell Jackson Publisher

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