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Submitted Photo Amanda DeYounge, at home with her husband and son, helped bring Dr. William Sears to Worthington to discuss healthy living.

WORTHINGTON -- Dr. William Sears, author of more than 30 best-selling books on parenting and healthy living, will present "Top Health Tips for all Ages" at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts Theatre at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.

Sears studied at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital, has appeared on more than 100 TV programs including Oprah, "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America" and now serves as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

Along with overall health and family tips, he will promote Juice Plus, a nutritional supplement made by National Safety Associates (NSA).

Amanda DeYounge, a Juice Plus educator in the Worthington area, helped organize the event.

"It's an hour-long power packed message to inspire and motivate," DeYounge said. "I couldn't imagine not being there."

She described Sears as "a loving grandpa" who strives to teach and encourage those around him.

A big part of Sears' message is nutrition.

"You are what you eat," DeYounge said. "People experience more energy by getting the nutrition they need."

DeYounge started taking the Juice Plus capsules when she was a teenager, and has been doing "wellness talks" for more than 10 years.

She and her husband moved to Worthington about two years ago. The mother of a toddler and another due next month, she said she enjoys working from home, or at random places such as airport terminals.

"As I live, I meet people and get to know them," she said. "I will talk to strangers and best friends -- I'm very open to inviting people to my wellness talks."

A typical gathering brings anywhere from two to 20 people, she said.

"I'm taught to keep my talks simple," DeYounge said. "We talk about statistics because people need to know reality. But then we also have to give them hope and a solution. I've noticed if I do talk too much, people feel overwhelmed -- so I'm learning that balance."

The response has been good so far, she said.

"(If) there are people who aren't interested, I just love them where they are at," DeYounge said. "They will call when they are ready."

The goal is about healthy living, she stressed, not weight loss.

"The more I know about the power of this food, I can't help but share with the people I care about," DeYounge said. "We all need to earn a living, but if I didn't make a cent I would still share this with people."

She said NSA is currently working on the largest children's health study in the world.

"My company's goal is to inspire healthy living around the world," DeYounge said. "We want Juice Plus to be a catalyst to inspire change.

"My passion is to help people meet their optimum potential, physically, emotionally and spiritually," she said. "That is why I do what I do."

She said everyone should care about their health, if not for their own sake than for their loved ones.

"Understand that you're here for a much bigger purpose than just getting by and getting to the end of your work day," DeYounge said. "Living a life of vitality for the sake of others is worth taking care of yourself for."

Upcoming talks will focus on the holiday season. Those seeking more information on Sears' visit or the wellness talks may contact DeYounge at (218) 205-1923 or online at

Daily Globe Reporter Kayla Strayer may be reached at 376-7322.