Colby Project helps participants find balance with Pilates + Nutrition |

Colby Project helps participants find balance with Pilates + Nutrition

Sinead Urwin leads a Pilates + Nutrition session at the Colby Project on Monday. The Holistic health and nutrition coach helps participants find balance in the lives and careers through eating healthy foods, establishing an exercise routines. (Jake Shane/Park Record)

Holistic health is the primary mission of the Colby Project, a collection of local organizations and businesses that deal in wellness, fitness and social connection.

It already offers a Pilates class for new mothers and their babies and has recently started up a program called Pilates + Nutrition, offered through Studio Pilates and presented by Sinead Urwin, holistic health and nutrition coach.

The program, which will end its initial run on Monday, March 28, will start up again on Monday, April 11, then again on Monday, May 9.

Julie McBroom, who cofounded the Colby Project with Emma Worsley, said Pilates + Nutrition is a four-week program with benefits.

"Those who sign up can take four Pilates classes that they can fit into their schedule within a six-week period," McBroom explained. "We have had such tremendous feedback with this initial run that we want to roll it out continuously."

Urwin’s mission is to help people find balance in their lives.

"I’m extremely passionate about the synergistic effect of everything in our lives and try to look at everything in harmony with each other — nutrition, exercise, sleep, connectivity to nature, career, relationships and other factors in the wheel of life," Urwin in an interview with The Park Record. "My mission is to help people figure out what they need to focus on to obtain that balance."

Pilates + Nutrition is a step-by-step inclusive program.

"It’s not a diet," Urwin said. "It’s not a rigid lifestyle. It’s realistic and that’s important because we’re all busy and crazy with career and kids and all of that stuff. So, if you have to make a difference in your life, you have to do it in a realistic way where you can make these adjustments like having the right foods at home or making an exercise routine a priority."

The sessions are designed to be comfortable and safe environments for participants to share their ideas.

"I do a lot of work with corporations and when I do that, the presentation is more of a PowerPoint presentation," Urwin explained. "This is totally different. It’s cozy and comfortable.

"I believe in the power of numbers and getting people together in a group setting is empowering because they feel that they aren’t only accountable to themselves and me, but also to each other," she said. "They feel they aren’t alone in some of the issues they face in their lives."

Urwin is happy at the response to the initial sessions.

"This current group has taken on everything that I have told them and are already seeing a difference in their lives," she said.

One of the participants is Debbie Wakabayashi, who lives in Promontory.

"I heard they were opening a new Pilates studio here and I’ve never done Pilates before," Wakabayashi said. "So, I looked online and found they were doing this nutrition and Pilates program. I thought it would be a good idea to ramp up my game of being more healthy."

Wakabayashi was hooked after the first session.

"I went home and told my husband how amazing it was and then went to the grocery store and seeing all of these healthy snacks," she said with a laugh.

Lauren Vitulli, who teaches art at the Shed at the Promontory Ranch Club, heard about Pilates + Nutrition from Wakabayashi and decided to enroll.

"I’ve thought about nutrition a lot, but because I don’t want to eat anything bad, I end up not knowing what the good things are to eat," Vitulli said. "This has taught me ways to incorporate good proteins, sprouted seeds and nuts, but also do that with balance."

Vitulli likes that she has the power to figure out what she needs to work on.

"It’s not a hardcore approach, but more of an approach where we can all pick our own battles that will help us change things slightly," she said. "I think [Urwin] has given us some great details about the foods, where to get them and how to prepare them that is most cost effective."

Urwin, who also owns her own company called My Body One Life, has always been fascinated with health and nutrition.

"My former world was the corporate investment and banking world," she said. "I loved it, but recognized how unhealthy it was."

After some self-reflection, Urwin realized how passionately she felt about holistic health.

"So, I went back to get my masters degree in holistic wellness from Clayton College," Urwin said. "I also did a year at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition in New York."

That year allowed her to register with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (ADDP) as a registered Holistic Health Practitioner.

In addition, she specialized in weight management and fitness nutrition with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

"My view is to help other people cure issues that I have managed to cure within myself," she said. "It’s so rewarding to me to make a difference in people’s lives."

Studio Pilates and the Colby Project, 3770 S.R. 224, will present the next two four-week sessions of Pilates + Nutrition with Sinead Urwin on Mondays, starting April 11, and May 9, at 10 a.m. The cost is $199. For more information or to register, email or

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