About Healthy Initiative


Healthy Initiative Chicago 2013

Healthy Initiative Foundation is transforming the nation’s health one city at a time and championing disease prevention with awareness, education and solutions for building healthy and joyful lives. Starting in 2013, as part of its effort to raise awareness and help combat the national obesity crisis, Healthy Initiative Foundation launched the 90-Day Breakthrough Personal Challenge, where 40 Chicago participants gained the tools and techniques needed to embrace a healthier lifestyle and transform themselves into ambassadors of healthy living and positive role models for the next generation.

Healthy Initiative is the vision of Shea Vaughn, a corporate trainer in health, wellness & fitness, an author, speaker, life coach and founder of SheaNetics®, a doctor endorsed mind-body wellness and exercise lifestyle program.  In fall of 2012, Healthy Initiative launched its 90 Day Breakthrough program that is transforming the lives of its 40 participants and creating community ambassadors to further champion the cause. The 90-Day Breakthrough is the Foundation’s signature effort to raise awareness, provide solutions and make a difference.  Its elements are the cornerstone for the organization’s future wellness programs.  Following the success of Ms. Vaughn’s own, “SheaNetics® inspired “Breakthrough” program—which made its mark on the airwaves of ABC’s Windy City LIVE—the committed participants will experience her “Breakthrough”. From the program, they gain the tools and techniques needed to embrace a healthier lifestyle, and will also inspire others as positive role models for the next generation.

Healthy Initiative related events and programs partner with other similarly purposed charitable organizations and engage the resources of appropriate health professionals to provide educational messaging, videos, books or pamphlets, instruction, equipment, and/or facilities in support of its goal.  Funding opportunities for Healthy Initiative (application pending), may be provided through individual and corporate donations, sponsorships and grants from various foundations and governmental units that support health and wellness.  Healthy Initiative may also make distributions in furtherance of its purposes to other organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under 501(c)(3) of the lnternal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. .

If you are interested in learning more about Healthy Initiative or wish to make a donation of time, money, products or services, please go to www.healthyinitiative.org; or for more information on events or sponsorships email info@healthyinitiative.org or call 847.295.5033.

Healthy Initiative’s 90-Day Breakthrough is the Foundation’s signature effort to raise awareness, provide solutions and make a difference.  It is a comprehensive mind-body program with the goal of achieving individual weight loss and a state of personal well-being that is sustainable.  The root foundation of this signature effort is a thoughtful and practical combination of Ms. Vaughn’s successful “Breakthrough” program for Windy City LIVE, her previous experiences as a wellness and exercise expert and is additionally supported by an experienced team of local nutrition, diet, fitness and psychology professionals. Healthy Initiative’s 90-Day Breakthrough Program is made further unique through the participation of GH Training, the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and DexaFit, who together are providing a set of pre and post program data measures that create quantitative and, more importantly, qualitative data with important feedback for evaluating individual and group successes.  This data will be of present and future value to any person or institution interested in understanding behaviors and factors for success related to the prevention or treatment of obesity.

Participants in the 2012 program receive a complimentary wellness package valued in excess of $5000.  Included are a one year membership to XSport Fitness with full use of an any of its facilities at any time; a personal fitness evaluation, counseling on goal setting and ongoing monitoring; seminars on exercise, nutrition and wellness from industry professionals; SheaNetics classes with Shea Vaughn plus small group exercise classes conducted by top trainers providing combined focus on strength, flexibility and weight loss; a home gym package by SPRI Exercise Products; a mind-body fitness book containing tools for building mental strength and determination, along with a 90 Day Workout Plan and nutritional information with a 90 Day Meal Plan; weekly motivational and informational conference calls with Shea and Healthy Initiative’s team of expert mentors; plus tickets to the much anticipated Healthy Initiative Celebrate Yourself Healthy Gala in March 2013.


Celebrate Yourself Healthy is a red carpet awareness and fund raising event Healthy Initiative will host March 9th, 2013 to celebrate the success of their participation in the 90 Day Breakthrough and the effectiveness of the program.  All participants, staff and sponsors will be invited to a Red Carpet Celebration hosted by Healthy Initiative Chicago; featuring celebrity appearances and invited guests. Challenge finishers will grace the red carpet in custom clothing by noted fashion designers, while guests enjoy dinner, dancing, a silent auction and top entertainment. Program sponsorship proceeds and donations will go towards funding wellness programs for the children of Chicago schools.