Clinical Exercise Physiologist * TV Health Expert * Health Educator
Meet Karen Owoc, your guide to healthy, happy living. Karen is recognized for her clinical training and experience as a cardiac rehabilitation exercise physiologist and specialization in medical fitness. She is known for her distinctive healthy eating demonstrations and her helpful, yet simple, lifestyle tips.
Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist Karen has designed and delivered exercise programs as a treatment and prevention strategy for adults challenged with cardiovascular disease, cancer and chronic, age-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. She established a functional screening, nutrition, and physician-referred exercise program specifically for post-rehab/surgery patients, seniors, and high-risk individuals with medical conditions.
Karen also works for Stanford Health Care integrating patients from Stanford’s clinical programs (such as the cancer, diabetes, and weight loss centers, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and physical therapy) into an ongoing personalized exercise program. She is also a health educator for Kaiser Permanente’s medical weight and healthy weight programs teaching nutrition, exercise, and behavior modification as they relate to disease prevention and weight management.
- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
- Certified Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, American Council on Exercise
- Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
- Certified Fitness Nutrition Soecialist, American Council on Exercise
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
- Basic Life Support for Health Professionals (BLS), American Heart Association
Health Writer / Author / TV Health Contributor 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. Karen is a recurring health expert on ABC10 and KRON4 as well as the author of her soon-to-be-published book on longevity and health.
TV Producer / Host Karen hosts and produces The Health Reporter Minute, an inspiring and informative brand of short-format (30-second to 3-minute) health segments. Her upbeat quick minutes of health news and healthy living how-to’s are widely distributed. She served as Governor for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and as a producer for the Emmy Awards Gala.
Karen also hosts/produces The Health Reporter full program – 30 minutes of conversation with San Francisco Bay Area physicians who address medical conditions and concerns. Topics are current, relevant and provocative.
Her new health show and the compact segments broadcast via cable television:
- 145 community channels
- 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 2,830 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.
Sports Advocate A dedicated sports advocate, Karen owned USA Sports Management and co-founded the Fairness in Sports Foundation. Karen 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.
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.
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 an emphasis in Biodynamics which led to a career that involves preventing and reversing coronary artery disease and related health problems.
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.