Lifestyle Management | Health & Wellness Coach | MD DC VA NC

The Essence of Your Health is Your Lifestyle


Lifestyle Management consulting is centered around establishing habits that will help you adjust your lifestyle, which in turn will promote health & wellness and prevent any potential ailments from developing or eliminate some ailments that you may currently have.

The signature service, the Lifestyle Transformation program, has a long-term focus to ensure you continue the new healthy habits well beyond your time with Body Refined. The individualized plan comes with continuous guidance to help you develop healthier habits while providing ongoing feedback and monitoring to ensure a steady improvement in your health.





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The origin of Body Refined” is based on what the practice is doing for you as a client. Taking your body (and mind) that was once fine and refining it. It’s not a weight loss” program because it is a whole-life refining program. Depending on each client’s individual situation, the changes can result in losing or gaining weight or bringing your metabolic panel within a healthy range(s).

Additionally, helping you with your career or personal aspirations because every aspect of your health will be improved when working with Body Refined.

Your health & wellness cannot sustain the improvements you make simply from diet” and exercise. Thus, the signature program, the Lifestyle Transformation, which helps clients to improve their overall lifestyle to engage in the habits that will improve their physical and emotional well-being.


At the start and every month there after, you will receive a total review of your current state of health from an experienced professional who will provide a blueprint to improve and sustain your wellbeing.

Body Composition Analysis

A detailed review of a DEXA scan, a non-invasive body composition analysis that provides a detailed breakdown of your weight in terms of muscle, fat, and water.

Health Assessment

Together with your health history questionnaire, the tests and reports will help identify your specific needs and how these needs will be addressed.


Daily Activity Review

We will review your daily activity levels addition to exercise activities to help me to identify contributors your current state of health.


Nutrition Review

There are many nutrition programs to help with managing your health and finding the right one starts with evaluating your individual needs.


Lifestyle Review & Sleep Analysis

This review will go in-depth of your lifestyle to help explain the influence your sleep cycle has on your health.


Recommended Course of Action

At the close of the consultation, I will suggest the ideal route for achieving the goal of getting you to an overall healthy psychological, emotional and physical condition.


When you step on a scale, you can’t see how much muscle or fat you have. Get an InBody Test with Body Refined, a non-invasive body composition analysis that provides a detailed breakdown of your weight in terms of muscle, fat, and water.


Exclusive & Premiere Memberships include: The Total Health Consultation/Onboarding Session, DEXA Body Composition Scan, Wellness Monitor (Oura Ring), Fitness Activity Monitor (Garmin or Apple Watch) and Bluetooth/Wireless Scale.






  • Daily Check-Ins
  • Weekly Analysis & Review via Video
  • Bi-Annual Check-Up & Analysis
  • Nutrition Review, Counseling & Planning Assistance
  • Exercise Programming, Analysis & Coaching
  • Lifestyle Counseling






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  • Daily Check-Ins
  • Weekly Analysis & Review (In-Person or Video)
  • Quarterly In-Person Check-Up & Analysis
  • Nutrition Review, Counseling & Custom Planning
  • Exercise Programming & Analysis w/ 1-on-1 Personal Training (In-Person or Video)
  • Lifestyle Counseling & Planning


*All monthly plans require a registration fee


You too can experience what Body Refined clients have and continue to enjoy… more energy, less stress and an increased sense of confidence that comes from making the lifestyle changes in almost every aspect of your life.

Click the button below to begin the prescreening process. After which you will be presented with the opportunity to complete the Client Application for a potential call with your Health & Wellness Consultant, Kurt Dixon.


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Fully Comprehensive

The Lifestyle Transformation program is fully comprehensive to enable each client to achieve success. The program includes nutrition plans designed for the individual and exercise regimens created with your current level of health in mind while making the necessary changes for progressive improvements. Most importantly, each client receives weekly (up to three times per week) assurance telephone or video calls to assist you with making the necessary behavior modifications to stay the course.

Unless prescribed by your primary physician, Body Refined does not recommend or encourage supplementation or surgery to achieve what you can do naturally.

The Reality of Long-Term Heath is All in the Habits

The Lifestyle Transformation program will help you adopt better habits and remind you of the new skills you will learn week after week through the weekly assurance meetings, impromptu calls and other communication channels to evaluate your individual needs.

You will learn cognitive behavior principles of planning what to eat and when to eat for a given day based on your life schedule, while also teaching you how to arrange your environment to support your new found healthy habits and implementing tactics when you are in high-risk or high-pressure situations.

Weight-loss is Not the Goal, it is Self-Awareness

The biggest behavior strategy Body Refined will help you with is self-awareness or being conscious about your habits, i.e., daily movement, contents of food, and exercise. You will keep a food diary, monitor girth measurements, weight and activity to help you get a better understanding of how your own body reacts to your habits. Weight-loss is not the goal; it is self-awareness regarding the impact of your habits on your overall health.

The Lifestyle Transformation program will help identify and modify the behaviors that create the urge or stimulus causing you to engage in the unhealthy habits. This will help you prevent the continuous lapse you currently experience. Each person has their own barriers or challenges they face daily at home, while out, at work or traveling. Body Refined will help craft customized solutions to each challenge you are experiencing.
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Functional medicine is a health practice that is sometimes referred to as alternative or holistic medicine. The practitioners in this field primarily focus on the root cause of a symptom versus treating the symptom in its current state.

Integrative medicine, the newest of the 3 practices (medical, functional & integrative), considers your lifestyle habits. Treating the “whole” person (emotionally, psychologically and physically) to promote whole-life wellness.


All too often, we visit the doctor for them to tell you that “all is well” or “you just need to exercise, and you need to eat better”. When you know very well something is not syncing and it can’t be that easy.

Kurt Dixon, the Health Coach for Body Refined, will spend time with you, taking the time to listen to your history, establishing a Lifestyle Schedule as a start, and looking at the interactions among your lifestyle factors (personal, work & environment) that can influence long-term wellness and prevent chronic disease.

The Body Refined Lifestyle Management program can help you identify, reduce or eliminate any problems by helping you to channel your efforts on the focus areas for better whole life management. The Lifestyle Management program encompasses the basic principles of functional and integrative medicine to improve the management and prevention of chronic diseases.

At Body Refined, Kurt will focus on the habits and your personal environment that is causing the ailment. As the functional and Integrative principles state, he can support the healing process by viewing your whole-life, the full 24-hour day, and how your habits interact dynamically with the environment. This process helps Kurt to identify potential genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may impact your health from illness to wellness.


All client-patients will meet with Kurt for the Total Health Consultation. Prior to the consultation, you will be required to complete the Intake/Onboarding Questionnaire.

The questionnaire must be completed prior to your first communication with Kurt, the Pre-Screening Call. When scheduling your initial pre-screening call, you will be presented with the questionnaire. The questionnaire provides Kurt with a map of your lifestyle and health history to help give him some basic insight into your health and life history.

The pre-screening call lasts about 20-30 minutes while the Total health Consultation will last approximately two hours via video conference or in-person, which consists of a DEXA Total Body Composition Scan, Body Measurements, nutrition counseling, lifestyle review, laboratory testing review and health coaching. All of which will position Kurt to address all your concerns and he can provide recommendations as well as construct a Lifestyle Management plan.


You and Kurt, the health coach, work in partnership to identify what is the root cause of any known or potential ailments, and help you develop strategies to overcome them.

Kurt will help you create and sustain the mindset needed to make lifestyle changes by heightening your awareness through continuous support, resources and encouragement to engage in the habits that are conducive to a higher quality of life.

You will be held accountable to the healthy habits. All while empowering you through education to identify lessons learned from whatever outcomes occur.

Kurt will collaborate with you to provide clarity through inquiry and discovery. The focus of all communications will be on your challenges and action plans for implementing lifestyle changes to overcome those challenges. All while introducing strategies to improve sleep, establish consistent hydration and becoming less sedentary to help with stress reduction. This is all done at a pace that is best for your environment to support a healthier lifestyle.


Cholesterol makes its way through our bodies in the bloodstream. And since fat doesn’t dissolve in blood, our bodies create small packages called lipoproteins to act as carriers. The human body naturally makes all the cholesterol it needs, but it’s also included in foods high in saturated and trans fats which will increase the natural amount of LDL Cholesterol in the blood.


If you have a family history (parents) of high cholesterol, you statistically have a higher chance of developing high cholesterol yourself. That can be thru the habits you indirectly learned from your parents or from a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).

Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a gene mutation that prevent HDL-C from removing the excess LDL Cholesterol from your body. The FH gene can cause your LDL-C levels to sit above 190 in adults and 160 for children. Thus, increasing your chance of a heart attack or stroke.

If your lifestyle consists of smoking, high fat foods, no exercise and you are overweight or obese, these habits can have a negative impact on your overall levels, specific to LDL (Bad) Cholesterol.

Smoking: Smoking has a direct impact on your heart because it decreases the “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels which increases the threat of a heart attack or stroke.

Overweight/Obese: Being overweight/obese increases “bad” LDL cholesterol thus increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Nutrition: The consumption of foods high in fats are the number one contributor to high (LDL) cholesterol. Trans fats are found in baked treats and fried food as well as red meats, milk and other dairy products. Making up the dominant components of the American diet. All of which increase LDL Cholesterol.


Making changes in what you eat can reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your body and improve your overall heart health. Different foods can help lower cholesterol in different ways.

Eliminating the processed foods and replacing them with whole foods will help reduce the bad cholesterol while consuming more foods with the good fats (fish, nuts, etc) will increase the good cholesterol.

Additionally, an increase in physical activity by starting with daily walks of 20-30 minutes and gradually including some resistance training will help to raise your LDL-C levels and lower your cardiovascular risks.

Although it’s important to quit smoking, increasing your physical activity and making changes in your nutrition, it may only be part of the solution. If your LDL levels are borderline high or above, then taking cholesterol-lowering medication will give you time to reduce your LDL naturally as you make the lifestyle changes.


Lowering your bad (LDL) cholesterol is important in reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Millions of people living with high cholesterol are left untreated or relying on medication to fix the problem. So, creating a cholesterol management plan is very important.

Before you can do that, you must know your current cholesterol levels. Remember, there are no noticeable signs of high cholesterol, so the only way to be aware of your cholesterol levels is through a blood test.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with high levels of LDL-C, you and your primary care physician will set an individual goal and Body Refined can help build a cholesterol management plan with you to help lower your LDL-C.


Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are two different diseases. Type 1 refers to the underproduction of insulin while type 2 refers to the overproduction of insulin.

Insulin is a necessary function of the human body. It facilitates the transport and storage of glucose in your liver, muscles as well as your organs. This usually happens in between meals.

The overproduction of insulin causes the glucose to remain in the blood. This excess glucose (sugar) in your blood is what is linked with the onset of type 2 diabetes.


The overproduction of insulin (type 2 diabetes) can be caused by inadequate sleep (less than 7 ½ hours), improper hydration (water), excessive consumption of processed foods & high saturated fats, lack of exercise and smoking. As well as your body composition, body fat distribution.

The main contributors are Inadequate sleep, dehydration, processed foods & high saturated fats and smoking. All the prior mentioned increases the development of visceral fat. So, the way the fat is stored in your body plays a big role in insulin resistance and sensitivity.

This does not mean that Type 2 diabetes is an overweight (obese) disease. Yes, as obesity rates have increased, so has the diabetes rates. But there is another group that has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the skinny fat population.

Although this population may have an ideal body weight, the low lean mass and equal or higher amount of fat causes the same risk as the overweight/obese person.

Specific to body composition, it is the type of fat that contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes, visceral fat. There are two types of fat, subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous is the fat we see in the mirror or notice when you lose weight. Visceral fat is the fat the develops in the abdominal cavity as well as in and around your organs (liver, kidneys, heart, etc.).


Knowing the above, type 2 diabetes is a serious disease and requires and full understanding of your lifestyle and body composition for true diabetic management.

It’s not solely driven by proper diet and exercise. Proper sleep, hydration and the exclusion of other lifestyle habits (smoking) play a major role in preventing or managing type 2 diabetes.

There is no one size fits all lifestyle plan that will prevent or manage diabetes. Every aspect of the changes you need to make must be specific to your life. From your diet, the form of exercise, how much and when you should drink water and most importantly, a sleeping schedule that is supportive of your daily required routine.


You and Kurt, the health coach, work in partnership to identify what is the root cause of any known or potential ailments, and help you develop strategies to overcome them.

Kurt will help you create and sustain the mindset needed to make lifestyle changes by heightening your awareness through continuous support, resources and encouragement to engage in the habits that are conducive to a higher quality of life.

You will be held accountable to the healthy habits. All while empowering you through education to identify lessons learned from whatever outcomes occur.

Kurt will collaborate with you to provide clarity through inquiry and discovery. The focus of all communications will be on your challenges and action plans for implementing lifestyle changes to overcome those challenges. All while introducing strategies to improve sleep, establish consistent hydration and becoming less sedentary to help with stress reduction. This is all done at a pace that is best for your environment to support a healthier lifestyle.


The private, virtual training via Google Meet / Zoom are one-on-one, 45-90 minutes sessions that is a great addition to the Lifestyle Management program to strengthen the client-consultant relationship and provide a much-needed dose of accountability.

Private workout sessions will give us an opportunity to come together, customize your exercise programming, and work towards your fitness goal.


  • Mac/PC or iPad/Tablet
  • 32″ or Greater LED Screen
  • USB-C to HDMI or HDMI-to-HDMI Cable
  • Zoom and/or Google Meet Application for Mac/PC, iPad or Tablet
  • Webcam (Wide Angle) with Integrated Microphone or External Microphone
  • Good (ideally, natural) Lighting
  • Minimum (Dedicated) Speed for 1080p HD Video: 5-8 Mbps (up/down) –

A computer or webcam integrated microphone and speaker system may be enough for a small room but a mid-sized or larger room, you will need to use a separate microphone and speakers that are built-in or external to the LED TV or Monitor.

If you are using external speakers, be sure to face the speakers away from the microphone.

Position cameras at eye level for better eye contact. If your camera is atop a big screen, you may have to reposition it to the side of the screen. Your camera should also be far back enough to capture your entire room and more importantly, your entire body during exercise.

Connect your screen, microphone, and camera to your Mac/PC or iPad/Tablet. Then run Zoom or Google Meets app to join your virtual training session

To ensure you will have the required speed for virtual training, your internet package should have at least 100 Mbps download & 20 Mbps upload speed.

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For the most effective exercise regimen, the “must have” equipment is the minimum requirement to be approved for virtual training with Body Refined.

Resistance training improves your overall hormonal profile. It builds agility and prevents falls. It builds strength to protect from injury. It slows aging. It boosts mitochondrial function. It aids in the ability to heal from injury and infection.

Therefore, this list is composed of the must-have items you will need to do virtual one-on-one training with Body Refined.

“Must Have” Equipment

  • Yoga / Exercise Mat
  • Adjustable Weight/Utility Bench
  • Individual or Adjustable Dumbbells (5 to 25lbs or more)
  • Resistance Bands
  • Loop Bands
  • Stability Ball

At the base level (literally), an exercise or yoga mat makes floor exercises way more comfortable, whether you are doing abs work on your back or push-ups on your knees.

You can get a great workout without a bench, but it can change up your whole routine when incorporating weight training.

Weightlifting workouts can be done with free weights or resistance bands.

The exercises you can do with dumbbells are seemingly endless with a range of weights to accommodate for different exercises and for the strength you will be gaining.

Resistance & Loop Bands are a core piece of equipment that should be a part of everyone’s home gym. They come in a variety of resistance levels from noticeably light to extremely heavy.

While stability balls are not exactly compact gym equipment, they are also an excellent way to work your abs since they challenge your stability.


There are a plethora of options available , from on-demand fitness classes to coaches offering basic plans to a complete one-on-one experience. While you may think you only want some guidance on what exercises you should do on which day (i.e. programming), you may learn as you go that you actually want something a little more personal.

With one-on-one training, the health coach at Body Refined will be watching your every move. Your training experience will mimic what you would experience in an in-person session and you will receive undivided attention.

Utilizing education, certifications and experience, know that it will be a personal, tailored program for where you are right now, and he will take you forward to where you want to be.

While other trainers may have the basic tools to help you meet your goals and big companies have the advanced technology, Body Refined will provide the personal touch, and the “big company” technology for an unparalleled digital personal training experience.


High blood pressure is often referred to as hypertension. It is when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels (blood pressure), is consistently too high.

High Blood pressure makes your heart and blood vessels work harder and less efficiently because of the increased workload. This increased workload damages the lining of the arteries. Leaving room along the tiny tears in the artery wall for plaque build up from bad (LDL) cholesterol.

As the plaque builds up, the arteries become narrower thus raising blood pressure. This causes further harm to your arteries, heart and the rest of your body which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.


Around 1 in every 20 cases of hypertension is due to an underlying condition or even a medication.

Chronic kidney disease is a common cause because the kidneys do not filter out fluids. Excess fluids lead to hypertension.

But there are several risk factors that increases the chances of developing hypertension:

  • Age: For those that are 60 years and older, if habits do not change, arteries becomes stiffer and narrower due to plaque buildup.
  • Ethnicity: Some ethnic groups are more prone to high blood pressure.
  • Size and weight: Being overweight or obese is a key risk factor
  • Alcohol and tobacco: Consuming large amounts of alcohol and smoking regularly can increase blood pressure.
  • Existing Health Conditions: Cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and diabetes can lead to hypertension. People with diabetes are at greater risk to develop elevated blood pressure.

Additionally, living a predominantly sedentary lifestyle (physical inactivity) and a sodium rich diet of processed, fatty foods and a low potassium diet can lead to high blood pressure. states that “African-Americans are among the highest in the world. More than 40 percent of non-Hispanic African-Americans have high blood pressure. For African-Americans, high blood pressure develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.” This is due to the higher rates of obesity and diabetes driven mainly by salty-fatty diets and sedentary lifestyle.


Many people don’t even know they have high blood pressure because there are no obvious symptoms. High blood pressure develops slowly over time and if you don’t know the signs or symptoms, you can easily be caught off guard.

Once you have high blood pressure, the damage is already done, and it can’t be cured.

According to, high blood pressure can lead to:

  • Heart attack — High blood pressure damages arteries that can become blocked and prevent blood flow to the heart muscle.
  • Stroke — High blood pressure can cause blood vessels in the brain to clog more easily or even burst.
  • Heart failure — The increased workload from high blood pressure can cause the heart to enlarge and fail to supply blood to the body.
  • Kidney disease or failure — High blood pressure can damage the arteries around the kidneys and interfere with their ability to filter blood effectively.
  • Vision loss — High blood pressure can strain or damage blood vessels in the eyes.
  • Sexual dysfunction — High blood pressure can lead to erectile dysfunction in men or lower libido in women.
  • Angina — Over time, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease or microvascular disease (MVD). Angina, or chest pain, is a common symptom.
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) — Atherosclerosis caused by high blood pressure can cause a narrowing of arteries in the legs, arms, stomach and head, causing pain or fatigue.

And most concerning, high blood pressure is often associated with high blood sugar, high levels of triglycerides, low level of good cholesterol and large waist circumference.

If you have at least three of the before mentioned risk factors, you have what is called Metabolic Syndrome. This raises your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other problems.


Managing hypertension involves lifestyle changes and possibly medication, depending on the severity.

The blood pressure goal is systolic < 120 mmHg and diastolic < 80 mmHg while patients with diabetes, the goal is systolic < 130 mmHg and diastolic < 80 mmHg. You can lower your blood pressure by eating a diet with more fruits, vegetables, lower fat and reduced sodium. Quit smoking, limit your alcohol consumption and getting regular exercise such a 30-minute brisk walk every day. And depending on the severity or stage classification of your blood pressure numbers, there are several types of drugs used to help get your blood pressure under control while you make the lifestyle changes. Those drugs include: ACE inhibitors, receptor blockers, diuretics, beta-blockers and several others. If you have been prescribed blood pressure medication, don’t stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. Finally, the American Heart Association recommends an automatic, cuff-style, bicep monitor. Especially if you have just started high blood pressure treatment, you require close monitoring or experience pregnancy-induced hypertension. When using the home monitor, be sure to stay still, sit correctly per the monitor instructions, measure at the same time every day and don’t take the measurement over your clothes.


After being diagnosed with high blood pressure, you and your doctor will create a plan. Generally, your plan will consist of losing weight if your BMI is ≥ 25 kg/m2, implementing the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, decreasing your sodium consumption, increasing your physical activity, moderating or eliminating alcohol intake, smoking cessation, and stress reduction.

These recommended changes to your diet and lifestyle can be challenging in the real-world, YOUR real-world. Committing to a plan that you can actually stick with to control your high blood pressure is based on the intricate details of YOUR life.

With Body Refined, the Lifestyle Management plan will help you to personalize your blood pressure treatment plan to put you in better position to execute the plan designed by you and your doctor. Kurt, the Health Coach with Body Refined, will work closely with you to design a nutrition plan that consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, and limitations on sodium, saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol as detailed in the DASH eating plan. He will also, create a physical activity plan that fits your current state of health with moderate progressions to slowly but surely improve your cardiovascular health.

Additionally, as part of the Lifestyle Management program, you and Kurt will develop strategies for managing unavoidable stress by making proactive plans to allow you to stick to your blood pressure treatment plan.

To help keep from falling off the plan, you will have weekly calls to discuss the ups and downs you personally experience. Making the necessary adjustments to your plan, as needed, to be more manageable for you. Giving you the assurance, you need to get right back on track.


Nutrition counseling is an ongoing process in which a health professional works with you to assess your current dietary intake and lifestyle habits that support or negatively impact the balance of your nutrition.

It is a vital foundation for the prevention and therapy for many chronic diseases and conditions.


In recent years there has been clinical evidence showing a direct connection between food and brain chemistry. Nutrition counseling now plays a major role in disease prevention and health management to help manage chronic illnesses, improve digestion, manage anxiety & depression, conquer eating disorders, increase energy and well-being.

The lack of certain dietary nutrients as well as the excess of certain dietary nutrients is believed to contribute to the before mentioned emotional, mental and physical illnesses. While certain conditions may ultimately require prescription medication, nutrition counseling can aid in ensuring balanced brain chemistry (chemical imbalance prevention) through your nutrition timing, quantity and quality of your intake.


Nutrition counseling client-patients range from children to adolescents to adults. Including pregnant women and seniors.

Some clients have weight management goals, desiring to gain or lose weight. Other clients want advice on blood pressure friendly or low-cholesterol meal plans to reduce their risk of heart disease. People seek nutritional counseling for a variety of reasons, yet each patient has the same goal: to learn to make healthy food choices that will help enrich their lives through proper nutrition.

With better nutrition, your mind and body will function better and have a greater ability to prevent or heal certain illnesses.


As part of the Lifestyle Transformation program, you will work closely with Kurt, the Health Coach, to assess your current eating patterns and lifestyle habits to identify areas where change is needed.

Prior to your Total Health Consultation, you will complete a health history and nutrition questionnaire so Kurt can get a thorough understanding of your health challenges and goals.

After the full assessment and after receiving solid, real time information about your total daily expenditure and daily schedule, you will receive a personalized eating plan to include meals, snacks and recipes as needed.

You will be able to easily access your nutrition plan and recipes via the Nutrium app. The app provides secure-anytime communication, notifications at meal times, recommendations & goals, weight progress updates, food diary and water intake tracking as well as appointments and reminders.


Kurt is experienced, educated and continuously stays abreast of the latest research. He practices Functional & Integrative Health Coaching — which further supports nutrition counseling to help you address any condition where nutrition intervention can create a positive outcome.

To achieve that, Kurt will work with you to set goals and develop practical ways for you to implement a real-food approach to eating.

During the Total Health Consultation and throughout the time you are working with Kurt, he will continuously educate you by explaining how foods affect your health and well-being, and why certain foods are important to include in your diet.

There are many nutrition programs to help with managing your health and finding the right one starts with evaluating your individual needs. Get a tailored nutrition plan to fit your health condition and lifestyle by joining the Lifestyle Management program.

There are several benefits to combining a personal exercise regime (exercise prescription) of strength training and aerobic activity.

An exercise prescription is excellent medicine for the management of Type II Diabetes, glucose control for Type I Diabetes, and risk reduction for heart disease and Alzheimer’s (dementia). Exercise will also help to improve your cognitive function (decreased bouts of depression), controlling your blood pressure and reducing the risk of some cancers.

Is one form of exercise better than another for specific health problems or overall health management?


Fitness boot camps are usually a more intense workout than an individual exercise prescription. Boot camp exercises are usually a “one-size” fits all regimen that involves ballistic/rapid movements that can be very challenging to those who aren’t already in shape.

But if you are in shape, have a strong foundation of strength and aerobic training, you should be able to participate in a fitness boot camp. As a result, you will reap the benefits.

With a fitness boot camp, you often get a whole-body strength and cardio workout with a “leader” directing the camp. Most boot camps are designed to be completed within an hour, at less cost and group participation for increased motivation to help you push through.

Although there are advantages to a fitness boot camp, there are also some potential disadvantages. If you are older than age 40, are pregnant or have certain health conditions (heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes), and haven’t exercised for some time, a fitness boot camp is not the form of exercise for you.

There is limited personal instruction with a fitness boot camp. A well-organized bootcamp will have a knowledgeable instructor that will ensure the trainer to trainee ratio is ideal for their ability to lead, control and ensure the safety of the participants.

Without the ideal trainer to trainee ratio, you will essentially be lost in the crowd. Combined with the “one-size” fits all regimen, you are at a greater risk of muscle strains, shoulder or knee injuries. Or simply not getting the most out of the workout.

Most importantly, if you are currently diagnosed with heart disease, Type I or Type II diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, a boot camp can put you in a high-risk category.


According to an article in Sports Med Today, “An exercise prescription is a personalized, specific exercise regimen based on a patient’s specific fitness level and goals. Like a prescription for medication, an exercise prescription spells out exactly what type of exercises to perform. It also recommends how often and how long to perform those exercises. Additionally, an exercise prescription is geared toward reaching a specific goal which may be different for individual patients (i.e. increased range of motion, increased functional ability or increased cardiovascular performance)”.

An exercise regimen can also be prescribed to help manage or prevent heart disease, Type I or Type II diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

A walk, light jog (as well as swimming) strengthens the heart, lungs, and muscles. That helps control blood pressure and blood sugar. Cardiovascular focused exercises keep arteries flexible. It also plays a role in losing weight and excess body fat, or for maintaining weight. All of these are health management strategies for people with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Strength training helps muscles respond better to insulin, the hormone that ushers blood sugar into cells. Thirty to forty minutes of strength training can make muscle cells “listen” to insulin better for 12 hours or more. It will also significantly cut your risk of heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent. It will also lower triglycerides by 30 to 40 percent and boost HDL by 5 to 8 mg/dl.

But an exercise prescription will only be as effective as the prescription is written.


Boot camp or simple exercise “advice” will not work for diagnosed patients. It must be a customized and personalized exercise prescription in order to get the best benefit. A prescribed pill or liquid medicine usually comes with detailed instructions. So, exercise needs to be prescribed as thoroughly as a medication.

Whether you are engaging in an exercise regimen on your own or with your own trainer, Kurt will work with you in any capacity to ensure that the prescription is customized accordingly. Utilizing his undergraduate education and Exercise Testing and Prescription Guidelines from his certification with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), rest assured your exercise prescription will be safe, detailed and effective.

When you reach the phase of the Lifestyle Management program that includes prescribed exercise, you can expect to engage in the recommended screening for an exercise prescription, as detailed by ACSM. This includes the Pre-participation Screening Questionnaire (PAR-Q), followed by the Fitness Facility Pre-participation Screening Questionnaire if your exercise prescription will be performed with Kurt.

Body Refined clients who receive an exercise prescription, combined with all the other benefits of the Lifestyle Management program, have eliminated diagnosis or helped to better manage their diagnosis.

About Kurt

The founder of Body Refined, Kurt Dixon, shows passion for helping his clients through his dependability, sincerity, consistency, and health knowledge. His approach to reach clients in more than one way allows him to guide them toward a literal re-wire in their way of thinking, a complete 180. As a result, Body Refined clients possess the ability to adjust their lifestyles to promote strong psychological, emotional and physical health.

Kurt has a diverse background which enables him to really add value and bring fresh perspectives and approaches to his clients. After receiving his BS in Business Administration, MS in Management Studies, two graduate certificates in both Executive Leadership and Project Management, he continued his education with a focus in nutrition and health. He received his MS in Human Nutrition and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching in addition to becoming a certified personal trainer. His extensive education, training and consulting experience in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, money management, telecommunications & customer service industries combined with his private practice and corporate background, positions him to provide all his clients with total support.

Kurt designs develops and delivers all Body Refined programs and works with clients in multiple areas ranging from the areas of career advancement and leadership development, to health & wellness. He believes in working with the whole person and loves working with people who are truly seeking a different approach and willing to get the help they need.


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Body composition analysis is essential to completely understand health and weight as traditional methods of assessing health, such as BMI, can be misleading. Going beyond your weight, body composition analysis breaks down your body into four components: fat, lean body mass, minerals, and body water.

InBody body composition analyzers break down your weight and display your body composition data on an organized, easy-to-understand Result Sheet. The results help you understand where your fat, muscle, and body levels are at and act as a guide to help you achieve your goals: whether that is shedding a few unwanted pounds or a complete body transformation.


Each InBody Test will print out a full-page results sheet detailing the muscle, fat, and water values of the user. The InBody 570 provides you with lean mass and fat values in each segment of the body to give you proper assessment of body composition.

Segmental Fat and Lean Mass Analysis

Identify how many pounds of lean mass are in each body segment. This can be used to determine how specific diets and exercises are affecting the body composition.

Injury Identification

Identify and track inflammation, swelling and even joint injuries with ECW/TBW Analysis. Monitor these changes over time in the Body Composition History chart.

How accurate and reliable is InBody?

InBody’s accuracy has been tested and validated through numerous medical studies. Over 400 papers have been published utilizing InBody devices for research around the globe. From dialysis to cancer related research, medical professionals and researchers trust InBody body composition analyzers to provide trustworthy data.

Very effective in the management and prevention of health ailments

The InBody test provides comprehensive results that can be used to educate and engage the patient as well as track health improvements throughout patient interventions. An ideal tool to effectively manage your weight, diabetes, cholesterol, cardiovacular diseases, sarcopinia & frailty, lymphedema, adjustment of dietary protocols.