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Learn about a local lady’s personal coaching practice, First Day Wellness, that’s helping clients get healthier and happier.

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Niki Pappas, founder of First Day Wellness


Wanting to get healthy is one thing. Actually doing it is another. That’s why Niki Pappas launched her business, First Day Wellness. She works with clients to increase their self-awareness and self-compassion to help them live the healthy life they’ve always desired.

“I provide information that will help them move forward, and I support them with warmth and empathy,” explains Pappas. “Together, we develop strategies they can practice to improve their eating, increase their activity and internalize a healthy mindset.”

Pappas launched First Day Wellness in early 2011, when she was a student in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coaching program. In college and graduate school, she studied psychology and has always loved studying and interacting with people.

“In turned this interest into a 20-year career in Marketing Research, which was challenging and rewarding,” she says. “Over time, though, I realized I wanted to work one-on-one with people on their most important issues – those of health and happiness.”

She adds that she was lucky to be able to change her career path and move into the coaching field. This change also allowed her to improve her ability to take better care of not only her clients but also herself and her loved ones.

Currently, Pappas offers a 12-week program that includes four one-on-one sessions in person or over the phone as well as ongoing email interaction and support between sessions. “The process begins with an initial complimentary consultation when a client shares his or her background and health-related goals and challenges, and we start digging in to increase understanding and develop a couple of initial strategies – small changes that the client can experiment with, that will add up to big results,” Pappas explains.

The 12-week program is $500, but you’ll notice significant weight loss, reduction in cravings and an improved relationship with food as well as better sleep, reduced stress and increased mindfulness and balance overall.

On top of the work she does with clients, Pappas is currently exploring partnerships with companies offering adjacent services to their employees or clients, and she has several company presentations scheduled.

“I enjoy doing lunch and learn talks on health-related topics that are relevant for different organizational or employee groups,” she adds.

To learn more about Pappas and First Day Wellness, visit as well as her blog at