Meet a Health Hero: Nicole Marquis

Read more about Hip City Veg owner Nicole Marquis, a semi-finalist in our 2012 Health Hero Challenge!

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Name: Nicole Marquis

Occupation: Owner, Hip City Veg

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?

Seeing others change their health for the better always motivates me. Feeling good motivates me—and it feels good to be healthy!

Describe a health- or fitness-related turning point in your life?

It was a turning point for me when I realized that a healthy lifestyle is a way of life, not just a diet or exercise program.

What “policy” would you institute to make Philadelphia a healthier city?

I would institute a free lunch program in all K through 12 schools—fresh salad bars, fresh soups, vegan options and Groothies! I would promote a nutrition education program.

What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?

Eating a 100 percent plant-based diet.

What is your No. 1 piece of health-related advice or encouragement?

Keep a positive, peaceful state of mind. Peace of mind is the key to health.