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Celebrating Three Years of Empowering Health: Embrace You Weight & Wellness Anniversary

Three years ago, a transformative journey began, one that has touched the lives of countless individuals seeking a healthier and happier lifestyle. Today, we proudly celebrate the third anniversary of Embrace You Weight & Wellness, a platform that has become synonymous with empowerment, support, and transformation. Join us in reflecting on this remarkable journey and the incredible achievements of our community.

Our mission from day one has been to transform obesity care and the weight loss industry from a "one size fits all" approach through innovative, integrative, and individualized solutions. We're here to help you fall in love with who you are while empowering you with the personalized tools you need to lose weight and thrive in body, mind, & spirit. Embrace You values your overall wellness over fleeting weight loss, to help you cultivate lasting weight loss and your Happy, Healthy lifestyle transformation beyond the scale.

At Embrace You Weight & Wellness, we believe in a whole-person approach to weight loss and wellness, focusing on Food, Move, Mood, and Medical (FMMM) actions. We understand that true transformation comes from nurturing your body, mind, and spirit.

Your Embrace You Journey is all about helping you reach four main goals: Clarity, Consistency, Confidence, and a sense of Community, which we call the Food-Move-Mood-Medical (FMMM) pillars. Our platform is built on the FMMM pillars, ensuring that our community members not only achieve their wellness and weight loss goals but also flourish as individuals.

In addition to using the latest medical science, technology, medications(if needed), and psychological techniques, we also incorporate spiritual wellness. Embrace You is founded on the Love of Christ. Love & inclusivity are our core values. We love and welcome ALL people. #EmbraceDiversity

Embrace Your Weight Loss: A Beacon of Hope

In a world filled with fad diets and unrealistic body standards, Embrace You Weight & Wellness stands as a beacon of hope. We have redefined the narrative around weight loss, putting self-acceptance and whole-person well-being at the forefront. While we began as a concierge telehealth and coaching service, Embrace You's influence has evolved. Today, we extend our reach through community outreach and strategic partnerships.

Three-Year Milestones
Telehealth, Coaching & Online Community

Growing Community: You are not alone. Our community has flourished into a diverse and supportive network who come together to inspire and uplift one another.

  • Enjoyable Food & Fitness: We've consistently delivered healthy recipes people crave, practical workout tips, mindfulness exercises, and expert insights for weight loss and overall well-being. In 2023 we partnered with Dr. Di’s FitLife to co-host the Moms Oasis Retreat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If you're interested in the Embrace You Group co-hosting your event with you please send your to

  • Success Stories: People Our members' remarkable success stories serve as a testament to the power of embracing what works for you and getting the right tools for your weight & wellness journey. Check out our Incredible Embracer Christle’s testimonial.

Community Outreach & Partnerships Team Growth:

Our Embrace You Team has expanded! We are thrilled that our lead administrator, Cecelia Mackenzie, continues to be a part of Embrace You. In early 2022, we welcomed Jasmine Jeffress, our creative strategist. In the fall of 2022, we were joined by Coach Crystal Duke and Coach Gail Downing. Learn more about them below."

  • Empowering Content: We're your source for evidence-based articles, guides, and videos, empowering you to make informed decisions about your health. Our commitment extends beyond individuals; we're here to educate and inspire the entire medical community. Our founder, a nationally recognized obesity expert, spearheads thought leadership and innovation in whole-person (biopsychosocial) obesity care.

  • Champions for Excellence in Obesity Care: Embrace You is an Obesity Action Coalition Obesity Week Champion for over 2 years. Our founder, Dr. Sylvia Gonsahn-Bollie is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Sylvia serves on the Board of Trustees for the Obesity Medicine Association and National Wellness Institute. The breakthrough bestseller, Embrace You: Your Guide to Transforming Weight Loss Misconceptions Into Lifelong Wellness, is’s “Best Overall Weight Loss Book” in 2022 & 2023. It also has been on's Top 10 list for 3 years!

  • Culturally Tailored Care & Health Equity: Embrace You Weight & Wellness has collaborated with multiple organizations including Black Health,, National Medical Association, and Black Physician Healthcare Network (BPHN). In 2022-2023 Embrace You received the NCCF-BPHN Wellness Partner Grant to create a premiere culturally tailored obesity education program, ENHANCE Healthy Weight & Wellness Goals.

  • Holistic (Whole-Person) Care Collaborations: Collaboration is the key to success. That's why we've partnered with a diverse team of experts, including nutritionists, therapists, emotional freedom technique coaches, and more. Our goal is to tailor our approach to meet each person's unique needs, ensuring that you receive the personalized support you deserve on your wellness journey.

Looking Ahead

As we celebrate this milestone, Embrace You Weight & Wellness remains committed to promoting weight loss with wellness and self-acceptance. Here's what the future holds:

Telehealth, Coaching & Online Community

Expanded Support: More online communities, discussion forums, and mentorship programs to connect members on a deeper level.

  • Educational Initiatives: Webinars, workshops, and courses covering Conquering Cravings, Transforming Emotional Eating to Energizing Eating, and a range of Happy, Healthy Weight and Wellness topics.

  • Embracing Medical Advances: Embrace You strives to be at the forefront of connecting individuals with the best care through tools such as precision medicine.

  • Wellness Retreats: In 2023 we cohosted the Moms Oasis Retreat. In 2024 we will host the Embrace You Women’s Wellness Retreat.

Community Outreach & Partnerships
  • Collaborations: Continued partnerships with experts and organizations to bring the latest insights, innovations, and individualized care to our community.

  • Enhanced Resources: Improving our website, for better user-friendliness and more support.

  • Advocacy for Health Equity: We will continue to work tirelessly to create solutions to address the impact of systemic racism and weight bias in obesity care & wellness. We prioritize equipping the Black community with culturally tailored tools & advocating for access to equitable care.

Introducing Our New Coaches

We are thrilled to introduce our new Embrace You Coaches, Coach Crystal Duke and Coach Gail Downing:

Meet Coach Crystal Duke, founder of ClifeFit and an integral part of Embrace Your Weight Loss. Coach Crystal has over a decade of fitness expertise as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Crystal is passionate about helping individuals achieve their health and fitness goals while promoting a balanced and active lifestyle through self-acceptance and holistic well-being.

Introducing Coach Gail Downing, a seasoned nutrition program coordinator and health coach at Tanner Health System. Originally from Maryland but now a "Georgia peach," Gail is dedicated to holistic health and nutrition education.

With a mission to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources to make healthier choices, Gail plays a vital role in promoting food as medicine and facilitating access to healthy options. Welcome, Coach Gail!

We are immensely grateful to each of the Embrace You team members for their unwavering support and dedication to our shared mission. Their work has not only made a difference but has also ignited a powerful ripple effect that continues to touch lives and spread positivity throughout their community and beyond.

Three years have passed since the inception of Embrace Your Weight Loss, and our impact on many lives is immeasurable. We thank our incredible community for their trust and participation in this remarkable journey. As we step into the future, we remain steadfast in our commitment to promoting self-love, Happy, Healthy weight loss, and body-mind-spirit wellness. Together, we will continue to embrace ourselves and our journeys, one step at a time.

Thank you for being part of the Embrace You Community and here's to many more years of growth, transformation, and empowerment. Cheers to your health and happiness!

Always remember to EMBRACE YOU,

Dr. Sylvia & The Embrace You Team 💜

Resources & References:

Get your copy of the Embrace You book on our site.

At this time, Embrace You is fully engaged with our existing clients. However, we enthusiastically invite you to become part of our vibrant online community by joining the Embrace You: Happy, Healthy Weight Loss Facts & Foodie Tips

Facebook Group.

Explore Crystal's fitness expertise on her website, ClifeFit, and get inspired on your journey to better health.

For more insights on nutrition and holistic well-being, visit Coach Gail's website, Foodology101 by Chef Gail.

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