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Michael Scholtz MA, Exercise Physiologist, is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and USA Track and Field. He worked at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center from 1991 to 2001, including 3 years as fitness director. Michael co-founded NOVO Wellness in 2001 and has since helped thousands lose weight and keep it off through NOVO programs and consulting services.

He currently runs a successful personal training business, serves as a faculty member and executive coach with Wellcoaches Inc, is the lead fitness expert for The Biggest Loser Club and has contributed to numerous other websites including Men’s Health Personal TrainerThe Abs Diet Online, and Best Life. Michael is the co-author of Coach Yourself Thin (January 2012) and has also written for IDEA Personal Trainer and presented at IDEA World Conference.

Greg Hottinger, MPH, RD, Nutritionist, is accredited by the American Dietetic Association. He worked as a nutrition educator at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center from 1998 to 2001 and the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine from 2000 to 2006. Currently, Greg is a nutrition consultant for The Biggest Loser Club and has contributed to numerous other websites including French Women Don’t Get Fat, and The Flat-Belly Diet. He is a licensed wellness coach and faculty member with Wellcoaches Inc., co-author of Coach Yourself Thin (January 2012) and author of The Best Natural Foods on the Market Today (Huckleberry Mountain Press, 2004).

Michael Scholtz and Greg Hottinger became friends while working at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center in the 1990s. With a strong desire to help people live more meaningful and fulfilling lives, including attaining mastery with weight loss and lifestyle change, they formed NOVO Wellness in 2001 (novo means “to begin anew” in Latin).

At NOVO Wellness change happens when we:

  • Explore beyond our current patterns of thinking and comfortable patterns of living
  • Listen to other people’s ideas and respect their ways of living
  • Stay open to the notion that our behaviors and choices influence our health more than our circumstances
  • Stay open to the idea that making changes can be uncomfortable and difficult and to push past that resistance
  • Try new ideas and new ways of being that enhance the experience of life and well-being

and we believe in greater possibilities…

We invite you to move beyond the idea that exercise is drudgery and that nutrition changes are only about giving up foods you enjoy.  We support you in expanding your vision to include all that is possible if you were a healthier, more fit, and more energetic version of yourself. What lifelong dreams might you pursue? Would you like to cycle across mountain passes or hike parts of the Appalachian Trail? What is possible if you truly felt great in your body?

What emerges is a healthier you because you CHOOSE to and not because you “have” to. Your approach becomes a whole person and whole community lifestyle that far exceeds a restrictive diet and exercise program. And you become more motivated and empowered instead of staying stuck and resisting change.