Lake Forest woman has goal of bringing wellness to others
8/21/12 Bonnie Minsky, is a 36-year Lake Forest resident who's passion for nutrition, that she started with her own kids, to the community at large where she helps people attain great physical, emotional and mental health through proper nutrition and eating.in Northbrook | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
NAME: Bonnie Minsky
BEST KNOWN AS: President and wellness director of Nutritional Concepts Inc.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” — World Health Organization
HOMETOWN: Lake Forest
LAKE FOREST — A wife, mother and grandmother, Bonnie Minsky describes herself as intense, hardworking, conscientious and, above all, family-oriented.
It was her children, in fact, who prompted Minsky decades ago to investigate the effect nutrition had on individual’s health. What she discovered then propelled the longtime Lake Forest resident toward her career in nutritional health.
“My passion is to take someone who has a problem physically, emotionally or mentally — where nutrition can be of benefit — and bring them to wellness,” Minsky, 64, said. “That’s my goal, and I work very hard to make sure it happens.”
Today, two of her children work alongside Minsky in her business, Nutritional Concepts Inc., based in Northbrook. The effort to help individuals every day truly is a family effort and an important reflection of the person she is and where she lives, Minsky said.
“My personal life carried over into my business,” she said.
Lake Forest, she said, was a perfect setting to raise her family and work on what would become her lifelong career and passion.
“Lake Forest is such a hands-on, family community,” she said.
It was in that environment that Minsky first discovered the link between her children’s emotions and behavior and the food they ate. After adjusting their diet, the change was significant enough to attract the attention of teachers, which led Minsky to be invited to work with the schools to improve their cafeteria menus and speak to classrooms about nutritional health.
In 1990, a bill Minsky co-authored to license nutritionists in Illinois became law, and she was honored as the first licensed nutrition counselor in the state.
She has written two books, “Our Children’s Health” and “Nutrition in a Nutshell.” She also has appeared on radio and television programs, and given hundreds of lectures on nutrition’s role in minimizing menopausal symptoms, aging well, weight loss and more.
“When I see someone who was really sick and who becomes well, it’s just wonderful,” Minsky said. “The truth is I would do this for free. It’s my passion.”
But, she adds, she always love working in her garden in Lake Forest and babysitting her grandkids.
“It’s family all around,” she said.