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Women in Wellness With Jennifer Hauser

I love “tweaks” because they are easier to do. Here are three simple ideas that will make a difference: 1) Drink more water by purchasing a one-liter water bottle and drink two full bottles every day. You’ll immediately feel the difference. 2) Commit to eating a plant-based diet at least one day per week. A […]

I love “tweaks” because they are easier to do. Here are three simple ideas that will make a difference: 1) Drink more water by purchasing a one-liter water bottle and drink two full bottles every day. You’ll immediately feel the difference. 2) Commit to eating a plant-based diet at least one day per week. A plant-based diet is better for you and the earth. 3) Make a conscious effort twice daily (morning and night) to slow your breathing down and breathe deep. You’ll be amazed how conscious deep breathing clears the mind and reduces anxiety.


Asa part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Hauser. In her 25+ year public relations career, Jennifer has worked with a range of leading global and US clients who are making transformational advancements in health and wellness. She’s the founder and director of Wellness 360, an Edelman communications specialty for clients who aim to engage consumers across all generations in health and wellness. At Edelman, Jennifer is responsible for leading Edelman’s consumer health portfolio as well as developing consumer insights and trends for how people are engaging in health today.


Thank you so much for doing this with us Jennifer! What is your “backstory”?

I grew up with two parents who smoked (and my dad is a cardiologist!). Throughout my life, as the dangers of smoking became known and publicized, I begged them to quit smoking. Thankfully, they finally did and adopted much healthier lifestyles as non-smokers. This life experience inspired me to dedicate my career to helping others be healthy and well.

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?

I love “tweaks” because they are easier to do. Here are three simple ideas that will make a difference: 1) Drink more water by purchasing a one-liter water bottle and drink two full bottles every day. You’ll immediately feel the difference. 2) Commit to eating a plant-based diet at least one day per week. A plant-based diet is better for you and the earth. 3) Make a conscious effort twice daily (morning and night) to slow your breathing down and breathe deep. You’ll be amazed how conscious deep breathing clears the mind and reduces anxiety.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

There are so many! I really enjoyed working closely with Andrew Weil, MD, way before Wellness became mainstream. In my opinion, Dr. Weil is a pioneer in wellness and well-being, and was a critical voice to putting nutrition on the map as a key to health. Dr. Weil gave me my early lessons in Wellness, fueling my desire to make Wellness a part of our everyday mindset and behaviors.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I first started my career, I believed work was a means to a financial end, and career decisions were made based on financial incentives. I’ve evolved to understand that having a deeper purpose to your work is the greatest incentive and money comes when you love what you do and the people you are working with.

When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

I started our Wellness group at Edelman in 2012, ahead of the curve. Through our work with clients across public health, technology, pharmaceutical and food and beverage, we’ve helped put the concept of Wellness on the map, educating and engaging consumers across generations and geographies to be educated and empowered about their own health and wellness goals.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I’m thankful to many of my Edelman mentors who trusted and encouraged me to pave my own path within our company by starting a dedicated Wellness offer.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

Equal Opportunity Wellness. Wellness needs to be democratized. Everyone, regardless of race, gender, geography and economic status, has the right to be healthy and well, regardless of the zip code you are living in or were born into.

What are your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

Here is my general career advice: 1) Do something you enjoy 2) Say “yes” to the scary stuff 3) Work smarter, not harder.

Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be? (Let another “woman in wellness” know that you respect her as a teacher and guide!)

I’m pretty obsessed with author and academic Marion Nestle. She’s both brilliant and brave.

Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

Climate change is top-of-mind for me, and I believe is the most critical issue facing society today. Nothing else matters if our earth is dying, and we’re unable to sustain life for all living organisms on our planet. I passionately believe with technology, ingenuity, commitment and collaboration, we can develop a renewable resource-based economy that can provide for all without destroying the planet.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

I’m currently on a digital detox through September, so feel free to email me directly at [email protected] if you have any questions or thoughts to share!

Thank you for these fantastic insights!

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