Corporate Wellness Program has been a great initiative not only to increase the bottom line of the business but also improving lives of the employees.  The  worksite organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on behavior and these needs to be put to use  as a means of assisting employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle.  Benefits of work site wellness programs for employees includes:
  • weight reduction
  • improved physical fitness
  • increased stamina
  • lower level of stress
  • increased well-being, self image and self esteem
Employers can also benefit from integrative work site wellness programs.  Benefits are:
  • Enhanced recruitment
  • Reduced Health care cost
  • Decrease rates of illness and injuries
  • Reduce employee absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Improved employee relations and morale
  • Increased productivity
Register now and learn how to create and implement your corporate wellness program with Free wellness4one online system that will sure make your initiative fly!

Try wellness4one.com .  Sign up for your FREE account.

Call us NOW at +639178546851 ; +639229661395; +6325867457 or email integrativewellbeeing@gmail.com

After being certified by the World's Biggest School in Nutrition Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the Integrative Wellness division of Soup of the Day was born.  It caters to individuals, group and corporate coaching as well as community education on healthy living.  Soup of the Day is dedicated to transform the health and wellness of the Filipino people through nutrition.  Starting from the healthy food in school initiative through the Nutrition Detectives Program of Dr. David Katz.  Nutrition Detectives granted the right to Soup of the Day to modify and custom fit the program to the needs of the Filipino children adapting to current local health scenario in the Philippines.  Said Nutrition Detectives Program is for the grades two to four level and to be  conducted by volunteers high school trained and certified by Soup of the Day.  This program is to be carried on a continuing basis.

Life and Tea Series is another program launched. It caters to specific needs and concern of specific group who are interested to discuss health and wellness directed to create a common grounds and served as a forum as well for learning through sharing experience.  If you are interested to host the Life and Tea Series for your group or community, you may send you inquiries and request to Soup of the Day +639229661395 or email it at integrativewellness@yahoo.com addressing your letter request to Mary Jean Netario Cruz.

Other programs for wellness coaching entrepreneurship program is in the pipeline to help the unemployed nurses in the Philippines. and those interested in promoting health coaching in the Philippines.  It is also in collaboration with ReNu in promoting livelihood through natural medicine.  Mary Jean is also a natural and educated herbalist.

For more information about Integrative wellness and its initiatives, please visit http://integrativewellness.weebly.com

About the Certified Health Coach:
Certified Integrative Health Coach Mary Jean Netario Cruz graduated from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York, USA. She is a member of American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Philippine Health and Wellness Society, Inc.  She is hosting Revolution per Minute, Accelerate your Life radio program at DZRJ 810khz every Saturday from 12:00 -2:00 pm.  She guested on national televisions and does wellness speaking engagements.  She co-creates integrative corporate wellness program. To contact her, email soupoftheday44@yahoo.com.


Time:  Saturday, April 16 · 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location:  Callos Spa, Antipolo City

The state of your health today is the product of what your ancestors' food that made up your parents' genes and so your genes and the food that built your body from conception to present. Your genes can not be undone but you can improve it by eating the right food and balancing your primary food. Your genes at the present will determine the future of your race. "You are what you eat" is only half of the equation. The food that we are eating is only part of an integrative factors affecting our being. Food gives us the fuel, the energy which our body needs to serve its function. Other factors such us physical activities, relationship, career, spirituality, family, the quality of the air we breathe, the water that we drink, the environment where we live, etc are other factors affecting our being. It is important that we live right through eating the right food and creating balance in our lives for optimum wellness. As parents, our goal is to lead and guide our children towards attaining optimum well-being. As children, we have the obligation to give back the love and care our parents been showering us. This is the goal of this event, to walk you through awakening the healthy coach in you, for yourself, for your family, for your friends, for you

40 families can be accommodated in this event.

A family fun-filled day focus on your family wellness through incorporation of arts for kids, healthy cooking, relaxation modalities, sharing this day for a memories that kids and you will remember forever, a jumpstart towards more beautiful memories spent together.

The event is from 8am-4pm. Your children can have their art workshops with artists of Antipolo (materials not included in the registration fee), join healthy cooking, photography, and story telling.

Your buffet Healthy Meals are to be prepareand d by Chef Myra Queroz and Chef Nic Cruz, from Le Cordon Bleu, London and Global Academy Culinary and Hospitality respectively.

From 10-4pm Lectures and workshops to be conducted:

10:00am-11:30am - Body Signature by Dr. Marian Alonzo - a set of combined European and Himalayan techniques and healing movements and tweaked by author's medical background designed for us to inhabit our body. Most of us are in our heads or in our emotions and not really in our bodies. The goal is to align head, heart with the entire physical body (if we truly inhabit our bodies, bacteria/virus/parasites, negative emotions don't have space in our system.

1:00-2:00 pm Awakening the wellness coach in you, by MJ Netario Cruz , Certified Integrative Health Coach.  http://mary-jean-netario-cruz.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/

2:00-4:00 pm Play and Tell by Dra. Marian Alonzo, Movement and Art Therapy (activities that parents can do with their children bonding time as well as excuse for the parents to tap into healing forces through movement and art) and addressing health concerns of the participants through a lecture.

The event fee is P800.00 per person inclusive of lunch and am/pm snacks.
Pay P1,400 per couple and add P180/kid for their meals.

Join this rare journey to your family wellness!

About the Venue:

Callospa is a private rainforested resort destination spa nestled on top of the mountains of Antipolo, a resort and pilgrimage city in East Manila, 35 minutes away from Ortigas Center. Set in tropical lushness of ferns vines and misting waterfalls, it boast of spa services and facilities of international caliber.

GET 20% discount on all Callos Spa Regular Services upon presentation of your LTS4 ticket.

A joint project of:

Soup of the Day, Callos Spa, MISSION Manila, DZRJ -AM 810 khz and GreenMinded, Inc.

Please text or call 09178546851 or email soupoftheday44@yahoo.com to register:

Please deposit payment to: Soup of the Day China Bank - Antipolo Branch CA# 291-001381-3

or pay through GCash 09178546851 , Mary Jean Netario Cruz
Your receipt scanned copy will be emailed to you and original receipt to be given on the event day.

Institute of Integrative Nutrition is the world's largest nutrition School based in New York, USA.  The school is teaching the future of nutrition. 

Since 1992, Integrative Nutrition has been the cutting-edge leader in holistic nutrition education. They educate and transform the lives of their students with the world’s foremost experts in nutrition and wellness like Andrew Weil, MD, Arthur Agatston, MD, Barry Sears, PhD, Mark Hyman, MD and Deepak Chopra, among many others.

Mary Jean Netario - Cruz,  President of Soup of the Day awarded a full scholarship based on the merit of the Soup of the Day Initiative.  INN believes that Soup of the Day is rippling INN's mission and vision in promoting healthy lifestyle in the Philippines, particularly the children nutrition at school.  The scholarship provides strong and solid foundation to promote health and nutrition in the Philippines.

Initiatives transforming the lifestyle of the children is expected to deliver while the learning process is at work.

 INN's curriculum teaches a wide variety of skills in business, health coaching, nutrition education, and healthy lifestyle choices. Their students  gain a clear understanding of the major dietary theories from Ayurveda to The Zone. Plus they  teach how to integrate traditional nutrition philosophies with the most current health concepts…all while guiding  toward the healthiest life choices.

INN's  teaches how to work with clients one-on-one, and run group programs and workshops in settings such as corporations, spas, health clubs, doctors’ offices, schools and more. Integrative Nutrition covers cutting-edge nutrition concepts and modern health issues that you won’t always find in a traditional nutrition program. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Nutrition Concepts Bio-individuality
No one diet works for everyone. They explore different ways of eating in order to create a personalized approach that is appropriate for the individual depending on their age, health, activity level, where they live, personal tastes and preferences.

Dietary Theories

They teach the pros and cons of over 100 dietary theories, to guide to find what works for the person.

Primary Food

We are fed not only by food but by other factors in our lives. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. Learn more about primary food.

Deconstructing Cravings

Many people believe cravings are a problem, but cravings play a critical role in understanding what the body needs. They teach why people desire certain foods, like chocolate, french fries and coffee and when to give into these cravings.

Crowding Out

Most nutrition experts give their clients a list of foods to avoid, which explains why so many people are turned off by nutrition. Crowding out adds more healthy food to your diet rather than cutting back on the foods you enjoy.

Energetics of Food
All food has distinct qualities and energetic properties that affect your body depending on where, when and how it’s grown and prepared. They discuss different foods and how growing conditions affect the way you feel.

Food/Mood Connection

Scientific research and personal experience both demonstrate that what we eat affects how we think, feel and act. They  give the tools to deconstruct why you feel a certain way after eating a certain food.


Nutrition Science
Their curriculum reviews science and anatomy to provide you with an understanding of how our bodies function and why certain dietary habits work and don’t work for individuals. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Blood sugar & glucose
  • Digestive system
  • Toxins
  • Thyroid health
  • Genetic influence on diet
  • Metabolism
Modern Health Issues
Health Crisis
Rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease continue to increase. People spend an exorbitant amount of money on medications and operations and virtually nothing on prevention, education and holistic health. They teach how you can help reverse this trend.

Food/Mood Connection

Food corporations are big business; the fast food and restaurant industries generate billions of dollars in annual sales. Learn how companies spend their advertising dollars to influence the public to buy their products.

Government Policies

Why are unhealthy foods cheaper than healthy foods? Learn about government subsidies, campaign contributions and the pros and cons of the USDA food pyramid.

Literally meaning, “low glucose levels in the blood,” this condition is a precursor to diabetes. A poor diet can cause a breakdown in the body’s ability to manage blood glucose, causing a rollercoaster effect on energy.

Organic vs. Non-Organic vs. Local Foods

Discover the difference between organic, non-organic commercial, and locally raised produce and how these methods affect your overall health.

Emotional Eating
Many people turn to food to heal emotional problems. This can lead to overeating and unwanted weight gain. Explore the connection between food and other life factors. 

School Food

Professional Practice Fast Track
With their business coaching and Fast Track program they give the the tools to grow the practice even after graduation. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Attracting perfect clients
  • Elevator speech
  • Goal planning
  • Money management
  • Referral building
  • Registering your business
  • Teaching classes
  • Client retention
  • Closing the deal
  • Contracts & handouts
  • Internet presence
  • Networking
Health Coaching
They train in the art of listening in order to hear  every need and learn how to effectively guide  through a 6-month program to reach the health goals. This training teaches how to effectively run a professional Health Coaching business. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Art of listening
  • Beginner’s mind
  • Communicating about diet
  • Consultation demonstrations
  • Coaching skills
  • 6-month program
  • Ethics of caring
  • Magic of mirroring
  • Oppression theory
  • Releasing emotions
  • Corporate wellness
  • Group programs
  • Coach/client relationship
  • Working with children and teens
Healthy Lifestyle

Soup of the Day is one of the finalists at the BiD Network Challenge 2009.  (artwork by Ydda)

The Business in Development (BiD) Challenge Philippines is an annual online business plan competition that aims to stimulate and support business ideas that combine profit with the improvement of living standards in the country; and boost private sector development in the country by creating a platform where entrepreneurs, expertise and investors can meet.

BiD Challenge was initiated by the Dutch National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO). The Philippine BiD Challenge was first launched in Manila in September 2006 by the BiD Network Foundation and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). The Philippine BiD Challenge is currently on its 4th year.

The event aims to: (a)award the top 10-12 outstanding entries and special prizes; (b)  showcase the 2009 BiD Challenge entries for possible investment match; and (3) provide technical assistance to 2007 to 2009 BiD participants/finalists.

The 2009 BiD Challenge Philippines Book will be launched and copies will be disseminated to guests. Thirty-three (33) innovative business ideas ranging from agriculture, food, manufacturing, waste recycling, renewable energy, etc. will be featured in the book. All entries aim to contribute to poverty reduction in the Philippines.

A total of 33 qualified entries will be showcased thru exhibit wherein proponents will demonstrate their products and services to prospect investors. Product displays and demonstration shall be done including product selling. All SME participants shall be allocated with one (1) panel booth wherein they could display their products and interact with prospect investors.

The 33 entrepreneurs will have the opportunity for a one-to-one interaction (10 to 15 minutes) with their most preferred investors to discuss their business proposals for possible financing and for them to be enlightened on the different financing packages, criteria and requirements of investors.
  Prior to the activity, SMEs will be requested to select their most preferred investors while investors will review their one-page business fact sheets and pre-assess them based on their investment qualification criteria. After a “mutual” pre-match is made, a “date” between the entrepreneur and investor will be scheduled/arranged during the marketplace.

Short talks shall be delivered to all entrepreneurs who participated in the last three (3) years of BiD Challenge Philippines to enlighten them on the common issues and challenges that they encounter as they establish or expand their businesses. Speakers are professionals and experts will give advice on effective marketing and tips on accessing finance for SMEs. Another entrepreneur who participated in the previous BiD Challenge competition will also share his/her experiences and insights towards building a successful enterprise.

The awarding proper will highlight the most outstanding entries and finalists of 2009 BiD Challenge Philippines. Partners and sponsors shall also be acknowledged for their contribution in making this year’s competition a fruitful one.


Bae Inatlawan preparing the check for the Daraghuyan lemon grass project.  A hands-on realtime training by GreenMinded, Inc. - 10/22/09 by mary jean netario cruz
The lemon grass project is a project that had been identified for the Daraghuyan Tribal Community in Mt. Kitanglad, Malaybalay City.  It was conceptualized our of a desire to help the community to be free economically.  My journey had led me to UP Los Banos, Geox Farms, AIDFI, the Gold in Grass, and other  different farms and communities in the Philippines.  Looking for technical information, searching for answers to understand and longing to see the realization of this dream.  Finally, we had planted the first seedling. Samdahana Institute has been instrumental through funding the initial phase of the propagation and distillation machine.  Ferdinand Cruz of EASTI made it possible too.  We have just started, but vision is better now that we have started the propagation by 1,000 sqm nursery at the heritage center.  Another thousand sqm is to be planted by the tribe as we have completed the first five thousand and it grows bigger and bigger. Lemon grass is to be planted in areas not use for the vegetables. Six months after, we will start the distillation of lemon grass oil.  We will be producing lemon grass concentrate too. 

The lemon grass project is envisioned to be rolled out to other communities as part of the Memorandum of Agreement with the GreenMinded, Inc.

Lemon Grass project is another initiative of Soup of the Day.
Dalawampu't limang taong singkad ang nakalipas, may nabago ba sa klaseng ito ng Malaya School?  Ang Malaya, Pililla, Rizal ay isang maliit na barangay ng Pililla, Rizal.  Ito ang pinakahuling barangay na iyong mararating kung ikaw ay magmumula sa Maynila.  Ito ang tahanan ng magigiting na magkakaeskwela.  Makalipas ang limang taon mula ng mag-uganayang muli ang klase, sila ay  nagkita-kitang muli ng dahil kay Ondoy.  Isang pagsasama-samang walang plano subalit naganap sa masidhing pagnanasang makatulong sa nasalanta ng bagyong Undoy sa Pililla.  Ang bayan ng Pililla ay malayo sa sentrong pinsala ng bagyong Ondoy, iyon ang maling pag-aakala ng karamihan.  Ito ay sa kadahilanang sa kasagsaan ng bagyong Undoy ang pagsalantang rto ay hindi naririnig sa radyo o nakikita at nababasa telebisyon o dyaryo.  Ang mga baha at pagguho ng lupa na naghiway sa Pililla sa kamaynilaan ang isang dahilan kung bakit hindi nakakarating ang mga tulong dito mula sa naglalakihang organisasyong tumatanggap ng donasyon.

Ang kagya't na panawagan ng tulong sa mga taga Barangay  sa pamamagitan ng yahoo group ng barangay Malaya ay mabilis na isinagawa kasabay ang paghingi ng tulong mula sa mga grupong tumatanggap ng mga donasyon.  Nagdatingan ang ayuda at isinaayos ang pagbabalot at pamamahagi ng  mga ito.  Dagdag dito ay tulong mula sa Assumption Antipolo, Foliage, Cottonwoods and Cascades Homeowners Association, KIDS Foundation, mga kaibigan, kasamahan, kamag-anak, at kaibigan ng mga kaibigan.  Ipinamahagi ito sa lahat ng nasasakupan ng Pililla, Rizal.  Naunang mamahagi sa Barangay ng Hulo, Malaya, Niogan, Quisao, Wawa at Takungan.  Ang barangay Wawa ay may tatlong lugar na inisa-isang bigyan ng grupo upang tiyak na makarating ang maliit na tulong sa mga nangangailangan.  Namahagi rin sa bayan ng Tanay na nadaanan ang kalunos lunos na sinapit ng mga nakatira sa mga gilid ng agos.

Relief Operation - last batch for Pililla, Rizal

The last batch of Relief goods for Pililla were delivered by the Malaya School Batch 8084 in the three areas of  Wawa and Pulo.  Barangay Wawa is under water.  We delivered direct to the beneficiaries.  The locals offered their bancas for free so we can go direct to families who have not left their houses.  We went to the market where evacuees stay followed by the distribution in the  tent place uphill.  It was already dinner time when we reached the last barangay called Pulo.  They build their shanties uphill because their houses are no longer livable.  The two boxes of medicines for fever and cough from KIDS foundation is of great help. Each box contains 144 bottles.  We prioritize children 1 year old and under to benefit from the supplied medicine.  Those who are older but really need it, we gave too.  We requested the parents to ask only if their children are sick and share it with others who needed it but was not able to receive due to limited supply.

The remaining pledges once received will be given to victims of Pepeng in Dagupan, Pangasinan.  They have been asking assistance and we are now accepting donations for them. 

The Malaya School Batch 80 and Batch 84 joint effort to help the best way they can was unanimous in action to deliver.  Taking time out from their usual activities to collect, pack and deliver is a great example that you need not be a big group or a known NGO to make the difference.

Sa isang sigaw ng paghingi ng tulong, kaagyat na tumugon ang mga taga Malaya, mga kaibigan at hindi mga kakilala.  Isang desisyong pinalakas at binagtibay ng sama-samang pagkilos.  Sa tahanan nina Marilyn Iglesias Domingo at Louie Domingo ginawa ang pag-iimpake ng mga pagkain.  Katulong sa pangongolekta ng donasyon sina Dolores Buenaventura, Analie Materiano, Shirley Umali, Rosalie Villas, Reggie Materiano at Oliveros Guinto.  Kasama sa pamamahagi ang mga kalalakihan na pinangunahan ni Luisito Domingo habang ang nagsilbing giya kung saan ito ipamamahagi ay si Antonio Aragon.

Ang perang ginamit sa pamamahaging ito ng tulong ay naipon ni Fernando Lacampuenga na kasalukayang nag hahanapbuhay sa Qatar.  Sa pamamagitan ng panawagan sa kanyang mga kasamahan sa hanapbuhay at mga kaibigan, sya ay nakalikom ng salapi at ipinadala sa grupo.  Nagbigay rin ang mga kaeskwela na sina Alejandro Castillo at Enrique Diego gayundin ang Foliage Hills-Cottonwoods and Cascades Home Owners Association in Antipolo Rizal.  Maraming salamat kina Engr. Julius Cruz at G. Cesar Mapua sa salapi, groceries at pera na ipingkaloob.  Humigit kumulang sa 600 katao ang nakinabang sa operasyong ito.

Saludo ang inyong lingkod sa walang pag-aatubiling tugon sa sigaw ng saklolo ng bayan ng Pililla!  Mabuhay!

Maraming Salamat sa inyong pagtitiwala.

Valcaredo distribution

Tent Place

Ang Quisao ang mas malaking populasyong na apektado ng pagtaas ng lawa ng Laguna kumpara sa Malaya at Niogan. Humgit kumulang sa 2,000 katao ang lubog pa sa baha sa lugar na ito. Kada kalsada ang ginawa naming pamamahagi at nagtungo kami at namahagi... diretso sa lugar na apektado. Hindi sapat ang aming dalang tulong kung kaya't hindi lahat ay nabahaginan. Pamatid gutom lamang ang aming nakayanan, isang pamamaraan ng pagpaparating ng ating pagtulong.
Matapos ang pamamahagi sa Malaya ay ang Niogan naman ang aming isinunod. Ang apektado sa lugar na ito ay ang mga nasa tabing lawa din. Patuloy na dumarating ang mga donasyon mula sa mga kababayang nais na makatulong. Salamat sa KIDS Foundation, Lacampuenga Family, Joseph and Neri Hilario, EASTI at Soup of the Day. Sa High School Batch '84 na sina Lyn, Oliver, Sally, Leng, Reggie at Analie sa pangangasiwa ng pamamahagi. Kay Fernando Lacampuenga na patuloy na nangangalap ng tulong sa mga kababayan sa Qatar.Kay Franz Lim of Bohol, Kay Joselito Pillas at sa mga iba pang hindi ko na maalala. Maraming salamat ang pahatid ng ating mga natulungan.

English Translation:  (as requested)

After the relief distribution in Malaya, we proceeded to Niogan.  The affected areas in this Barangay are those along the shore of the lake.  Donations were coming in from those who wanted to help.  Our thanks to KIDS Foundation, Lacampuenga Family, Joseph and Neri Hilario, EASTI and Soup of the Day.  To High School Batch '84 Lyn, Oliver, Sally, Leng, Reggie and Analie for manning the distribution.  To Fernando Lacampuenga who solicited funds from our countrymen in Qatar.  To Frank Lim of Bohol, Joselito Pillas and to those i can not recall.  From the bottom of the hearts of the people who received your help, they would like to thank you.