For most of us, the passage of time offers many ups and downs in life. For some, life can become quite dark. If darkness looms too long, life becomes so overwhelming, a person may feel hopeless. For others, darkness creates opportunities for light to shine. Cindy Elwell is a wonderful example of the kind of light that shines through darkness to touch and humble us all. October 2003 was a dark time for Cindy. She learned that she had Multiple Sclerosis. MS made life more challenging for her, but Cindy did not falter in the dark. She became determined to commit herself to a greater cause than her own personal well-being – a cure for MS. Three years after her MS diagnosis, she committed herself to train for the 50 mile MS Challenge Walk. This walk included a walk of 20 miles on day one, 20 miles on day two, and 10 miles on day three. For Cindy, preparation for this event included personal training twice a week at True Health Unlimited. She partnered with her supportive husband Gary to train from October of ’06 to August of ’07. During that time, they made improvements in core stability, strength, flexibility, and balance, and they completed over 100 miles on the elliptical trainer. In addition, her team raised over $80,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. During the first weekend of September ’07, Cindy successfully completed the 50 mile MS Challenge Walk. Although it was very difficult at times, friends encouraged and supported her to finish each day. Not only did she say how lucky she felt to be supported in this way, but she said, ‘the total commitment by everyone involved was just unbelievable. It truly a life changing experience and one that I am blessed to be able participate in.’ Just as blessed as Cindy felt that day, True Health Unlimited, LLC feels blessed to be part of her amazing story of commitment, belief and hope!

About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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