Clinical Exercise Physiologist / Healthy Living Educator
Meet Karen Owoc, your guide to healthy, happy living. Recognized for her specialized training and experience as a cardiac rehabilitation exercise physiologist with a passion for art, Karen is known for her distinctive healthy living expertise and her helpful, yet simple, lifestyle tips.
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.
NEW! Karen 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.
♥ 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 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 Rehabilitation Therapist / Health Educator
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 is also a health educator for Kaiser Permanente and teaches nutrition and exercise as they relate to disease prevention and weight management.
♥ 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 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.
♥ Certifications/Professional Affiliations
- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
- Basic Life Support for Health Professionals (BLS), American Heart Association
- Professional Member, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Former Governor, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)