12 Aug 2011
- Written by Carlee McCullough
Many are familiar with the Rochelle Stevens who won a gold medal in the 4x400 meter relay during the 1996 Olympics. Over the years, she has served as a spokesperson for Johnson Products, Maybelline, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Sara Lee, Nike and Bank of America.
Today, Stevens is a gold-star businesswoman specializing in health and wellness, with a track record that includes having helped thousands of clients lose weight and get healthy.
Carlee McCullough: What type of services does Rochelle Stevens Health and Wellness Spa offer?
CM: Why did you get involved in the health and wellness business?
RS: By being a health and wellness fanatic. After retiring from sports, I thought it would be an excellent idea to help others with their weight loss and fitness goals. It is exciting for me to help others reach their goal weight or maintain their health.
CM: What services do you think the busy business professional would be most interested in using?
RS: The nutrition and stress buster tips that we offer are very helpful for executives. In addition, we offer health and wellness consultations for corporations where we go in and talk to employees about health, nutrition, wellness and stress-busting tips.
CM: What dietary habits would you recommend?
RS: Fruits, vegetables, water, soups, salads, baked foods and fish lowers the cholesterol level. There are lots of foods with disease-fighting properties.
CM: In business, what has been your greatest triumph?
RS: Well, I am still striving to earn my first million dollars. The health and wellness industry is a billion dollar industry and I just want a piece. So for now, my greatest triumph is to be able to see others happy. When they are happy, I am happier.
CM: Being a gold medalist, some may think they cannot afford your services. Are your services affordable?
RS: My prices are affordable because I am about helping people. In the end it all adds up. When you compare my rates to others, they will find that not only am I competitive but my prices probably will be better. I tell people that you cannot put a price on good health. To be healthy is priceless and it just so happens that I am affordable. Good health is priceless because when you add up the price of monthly medicines for illnesses it can range in the hundreds of dollars.
CM: When you were starting out in business did you have a mentor?
RS: I didn’t have a mentor. But I did have friends that helped me brainstorm on how to best use my skills. The idea came to me when I was in the training camp in Paris, France in 1992 before we went to Barcelona. We would go to this spa that was connected to the training center. They had the saunas, weight rooms and juicers. I was like wow, what a business. We were getting ready for the biggest event in the entire world. We were eating right, getting the proper amount of rest and getting massages. Having that experience for two weeks in France inspired me to bring those services home.
CM: What contributes to a successful entrepreneur?
RS: The ability to set goals for yourself and not be influenced by where others believe you should be. Stay abreast of trends and new things in your industry. Seminars and classes motivate you and push you to strive even harder. By attending conferences and being around like-minded individuals, it helps you in your business.
CM: If you had one piece of advice to give to someone just starting out, what would it be?
RS: Keep your eyes on your own personal goals and not on others.
CM: Any closing remarks?
RS: When it gets difficult I just remember that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I thank God for the talent and the ability to help others get or maintain their health. My motto remains look and feel good as GOLD.
(For additional information about Rochelle Stevens Health and Wellness, call 901-365-0505.)