Clinical Exercise Physiologist / Health News TV Host Anti-Aging Fitness Expert
* Your Guide to Optimum Health & Weight Loss *
Meet Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter™, your guide to living a longer, stronger and happier life. Recognized for her specialized training and experience as a cardiac rehabilitation clinical exercise physiologist, Karen is a popular healthy living television host.
Karen hosts and produces The Health Reporter, an inspiring and informative brand of short-format health segments. Her upbeat quick minutes of healthy living how-to’s are widely distributed and currently air on:
- KDKZ Channel 18 Eyewitness News (Farmington, MO): Every M-W-F 6p/10p, T-TH-SA 6a
- WSFD Channel 15 News Now (Perry, FL): Every M-W-F 6p/10p, T-TH-SA 6a
- Channel 30 – A San Francisco Bay Area channel that airs educational and informational lifestyle shows and highlights the community.
- Evox Television – An online health and sustainability channel that launched their green homebuilding series last year with celebrity environmentalist Ed Begley.
Her health segments also broadcast via public-access television:
- 138 public access stations
- 33 states
- 3 countries (Caribbean, New Zealand and South Africa)
- Listed as one of the “Most Popular Shows”
- Ranked #29 out of 950 TV shows in the U.S. by PEG Media*
- Downloaded by TV stations 2,535 times to date
*PEG Media is a media transfer site for community television stations/producers. The ranking is based on popularity, i.e., by the number of downloaded episodes by a TV station.
- Channel 29 (broadcasts to Stanford, Palo Alto, Atherton, and San Mateo) will be airing the full half-hour version of The Health Reporter which Karen hosts and produces. Since 2010, Karen has been on Channel 29 as the host and speech evaluator of a Toastmasters public speaking television show. The station manager approached her to host her own show and her half-hour version of The Health Reporter was born!
♥ Family History to Health Career
Being a competitive athlete and having a family history of early death from heart disease and stroke, Karen focused on a career path where exercise is prescribed as medicine for the body and the brain.
In college, she worked as a kinesiology teaching assistant and interned in three disciplines (physical therapy, athletic training and exercise physiology). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Human Biodynamics (the physiology of human performance) which led to a career that involves preventing and reversing coronary artery disease and related health problems.
♥ Health Writer
Karen pens a monthly healthy living column and is a recipient of the 2014 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Award. Her sports nutrition articles have been published by national governing organizations, such as USA Gymnastics and USA Volleyball. As the mother of two sons, she is a reliable resource on healthy parenting and prenatal exercise.
♥ Cardiac Therapist / Public Speaker
Karen designs and delivers exercise programs at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital as a treatment and prevention strategy for people challenged with cardiovascular disease and chronic, age-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. She speaks on cardiac risk factors and recovery, anti-aging, and weight loss as they relate to disease management and prevention.
♥ Green Entrepreneur
Due to Karen’s skin sensitivity to chemical ingredients and her desire to create a safe and healthy home for her children, Karen formulated and marketed her own brand of botanical, chemical-free body and home cleaning products in 1999 — ahead of the huge popularization of ‘green living’. Her clients included high-end resort spas, such as the Ritz Carlton, and individuals and cancer patients at the John Muir Women’s Health Center.
♥ Sports Advocate
A dedicated sports advocate, Karen co-founded the Fairness in Sports Foundation and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the American Sports Council. Her work in television began as Executive Producer of a premier international men’s gymnastics competition that she created to support and draw national attention to the plight of men’s collegiate athletics. She produced the event for seven years and the Pacific Coast Collegiate Classic aired on Comcast Sports Net/Fox Sports Net for five years.
♥ Certifications/Professional Affiliations
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
- Basic Life Support for Health Professionals (BLS), American Heart Association
- Health Fitness Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine
- Professional Member, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Professional Member, American College of Sports Medicine
- Professional Member, International Society of Sports Nutrition
- Former Governor, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)