Clinical Exercise Physiologist * TV Health Expert
Meet Karen Owoc, your guide to healthy 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 distinctively clever demonstrations and her helpful, yet simple, lifestyle tips.
Health Writer / Author / TV Health Contributor Karen is the weekly health expert on KRON 4 Morning News Weekend and recurring expert on ABC 10. She is a recipient of the 2014 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Award for her work as a monthly healthy living columnist and author of her soon-to-be-published book. Karen’s sports nutrition articles have been published by national governing organizations, such as USA Gymnastics and USA Volleyball.
Karen has been quoted in media outlets, such as Fox News, CNN Health, Livestrong, Newsday, eHow, The Vitamin Shoppe, SheKnows Media, and Bella Magazine and has appeared on About Health on KPFA 94.1 Public Radio.
Karen’s book, “Athletes in Aprons: A Nutrition Playbook to Break 100 (that’s your age — not your golf score)“, is due to come out soon! In this longevity guide, Karen puts an entertaining sports spin on how to live a longer, stronger, and happier life.
Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist Karen designs and delivers lifestyle programs as a treatment and prevention strategy for adults challenged with cardiovascular and pulmonary disease; cancer; and chronic, age-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. She established ThinkBright™— a four-tiered body and brain health program that includes:
- Comprehensive musculoskeletal and functional movement assessments
- Physician-referred exercise training
- Nutrition education
- Memory training
Karen is a UCLA-Certified Memory Educator and the owner/UCLA licensee of Brain Boot Camp — an interactive, research-based training that optimizes brain vitality and health.
- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
- Certified Memory Educator, University of California, Los Angeles
- Certified Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, American Council on Exercise
- Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
- Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, American Council on Exercise
- Living Strong, Living Well Instructor (cancer fitness program), Stanford School of Medicine
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
- Basic Life Support for Health Professionals (BLS), American Heart Association
TV Producer / Host Karen has hosted and produced The Health Reporter, her inspiring and informative brand of health segments. Karen’s upbeat health news and healthy living how-to’s are widely distributed across 33 states and 3 countries. She served as Governor for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and as a producer for the Emmy Awards Gala.
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, stroke and cancer, 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 protecting the body and brain from the negative effects of aging.
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.