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    Two health coaches. Pay what you want. They want to change the world's health and happiness. Keep reading for a healthy dose of details about Healthy Human and see how it can create a blueprint for a better you.

    Zach Franke (left) and Patrick Hitches (right), founders of Healthy Human

    Zach Franke and Patrick Hitches like to make people feel better. That’s why they launched a new project called Healthy Human.

    Franke is the founder of Health Coach Zach. His business partner, Hitches, is a health coach, yoga studio and gym owner, personal trainer, and fitness entrepreneur.

    They met in August of 2014 and instantly connected. Their philosophies on life, health and wellness aligned so well that creating Healthy Human was the only possible outcome.

    Today, Healthy Human has one mission: have participants wake up every day excited to take on what’s next. Currently, Healthy Human has a 10,000-square-foot location in the Brighton Brewery District near Over-the-Rhine that’s been dubbed the “Healthy Human Compound” complete with a yoga studio, health coaching services, a gym, and more to come.

    “We are creating a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to join a community of individuals striving to better their health,” says Franke.

    According to Franke, Healthy Human is a passion project for both he and Hitches, as both on a quest to become the best versions of themselves while also sharing all that they learn to help as many people along the way as they can.

    “Healthy Human is a place where we can share the truth about what health is and how we can achieve it in our highly stressed, overly busy, nutritionally compromised, sedentary society that the majority of our population unfortunately is stuck in,” he says. “We both utilize our health coaching skills, our personal experiences and our many failures as leverage to help other people on the journey of improving themselves.”

    The vision for Healthy Human is more than just helping others with diet and exercise, Franke says. “We’re creating an abundance of health and happiness across the world,” he explains. “The goal of Healthy Human is to create a comprehensive learning space for anyone and everyone ready and willing to take their health and happiness to a never-before-reached level.”

    When people begin to question the status quo and have access to the tools and resources they need to get healthy, Franke and Hitches believe they are in a position to share their knowledge and help create serious change.

    “It’s our mission to impact every single human on the planet,” he adds. “We realize this is a lofty mission but one we are confident can and will become a reality. We’re armed with the truth and an extensive ability to distribute this information across the web and into the hands of readers and students around the globe.”

    Healthy Human also has an online presence at to reach those who aren’t in the Cincinnati area and to help meet Franke and Hitches’ goal of a global outreach. Also on the website is an online coaching solution called the Healthy Human Academy that Franke says the duo is really excited about.

    “It’s a video module-based health coaching solution that teaches each student everything they need to know about proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management and mindset,” says Franke. “We even explore spirituality in the program.”

    What’s even greater about Healthy Human is that Franke and his partner are using a pay-what-you-want model. Although friends think they’re loopy for using this model, Franke laughs, they believe it aligns with their mission of helping every person on the planet. There are already approximately 40 test clients in the first enrollment class, with some paying $1 and others pay as much as $250 to participate. “It’s been a pretty cool experience so far for us and our students,” Franke says. “There is no barrier to enter the world of Healthy Human, so everyone can have a choice when it comes to living healthier, happier lives.”

    To learn more about Healthy Human, check out their website, like them on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram.

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

    Kate Messer Photography 2014
    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