Lonni Lattie: Co-Founder of Sollus Nutrition and Fitness

Lonni Lattie

Sadly, nutrition and exercise are often at the bottom of people’s lists of priorities, and Fountain Hills mom Lonni Lattie wants to help Valley residents be healthier through nutrition-filled meals and staying fit. The 40-year-old Fountain Hills resident and former advertising professional co-founded Sollus Nutrition and Fitness in September 2012 with fellow mom Sonia Thalman, and the American Council on Exercise-certified fitness instructor coaches individuals, families and businesses on everything from how to healthily stock refrigerators, to exercise moves to stay toned. Lattie shared some of her top nutrition tips, and keep scrolling to watch a video of Lattie sharing her five favorite reasons for being a Valley dweller.

What brought you to Arizona?

We moved from Washington, D.C to the Valley in 2007 as my husband was relocated for work. I was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. My family lives in a tiny town of 2,200 people. and I had a great childhood, but knew there was more to living than what I was exposed to in my upbringing. After graduating from college, I moved to Green Bay and worked for a few years before moving to Washington, D.C. for a position with a design studio. Continue reading

Candice Wood: Co-Founder of Stressfree Recipes, Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Candice Wood, co-founder of Stressfree Recipes, obstetrician and gynecologist, photographed at Carly's in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Candice Wood, co-founder of Stressfree Recipes, obstetrician and gynecologist, photographed at Carly’s in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Candice Wood

In her day job, Candice Wood helps mothers-to-be and women of all ages as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. She’s also a clinical professor with University of Arizona, helping medical students learn the ropes as an OBGYN. Online, the 33-year-old Phoenix resident helps families around the world plan healthy meals, with the website she co-founded with her doctor husband, Stressfree Recipes.The site is like the Pandora for meal planning, where specialized recipes dependent on diet needs are delivered daily to members’ inboxes. The site launched in March, and the doctor duo are constantly improving it for its members. Read on to hear some health tips from Wood, as long as to hear five reasons why she loves calling the Valley home.

What brought you to Arizona?

My training. I was born in Denver, Colorado, and six weeks after I was born, we moved to Germany for three years because my dad was an OBGYN physician in the military. We went back to Colorado when I was three, and I lived there for nine years. Then, we moved to El Paso, Texas, for three years before he retired from the military in Salt Lake City, Utah. I did high school and college there. I went to The University of Utah and got a Bachelor’s in chemistry, with a minor in business. I did medical school back in Colorado at the University of Colorado. I did my residency here at Good Samaritan Hospital. I was initially interested in living here because I was dating a guy at the time who lived out here. By the time I came out here, that relationship was long over. Continue reading