Duo takes healthy living message to radio show

February 15, 2011

By Laura Geggel

Karri Bruntz

What started as a friendship has evolved into a radio show for two women promoting healthier living.

Since January, Karri Bruntz and her friend Sharon Hockenbury have co-hosted the radio show, “Life with Less Stress,” from 8-9 a.m. on KKNW 1150 AM every other Tuesday.

Listeners can catch the next show March 1, or download archived shows online at www.chatwithwomen.com.

For Bruntz, an Issaquah businesswoman living in Snoqualmie, landing a radio show meant being at the right place at the right time.

“Chat with Women” co-owners and co-hosts Pam Gray and Rochelle Alhadeff met Bruntz through a colleague, and they invited her to speak on their show.

“She started to join us on the radio as a guest,” Gray said. “We saw she had a very powerful message for women about balance in life and less stress, so we invited her to have her own show on the network.”

The offer so thrilled Bruntz, she decided to share her good fortune with Hockenbury, of North Bend.

The two had connected through their 12-year-old sons. When Bruntz met Hockenbury, who has nine children of her own, the two became fast friends.

Sharon Hockenbury

Hockenbury’s natural living impressed the Bruntz family. When Hockenbury married and had children, she started researching healthy living as a way to help prevent some health concerns affecting her family. She became a certified herbalist, began teaching cooking classes at Whole Foods Market and now works as an emergency technician for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.

Meanwhile, Bruntz, a mother and former college athlete, experienced a health scare in 2003 and began looking into healthier, holistic ways to balance her life and stress.

“She’s been living a natural and healthy lifestyle for 20 years and I’ve been doing it for eight,” Bruntz said.

Their show is about choice — giving women knowledge and ways to manage their lives, including how to handle relationships with less stress, and what services and tips are available for healthy living.

“I think that most of us women tend to take on more than we can do because we have families and jobs. We feel responsible,” Gray said. “When you have somebody you’re listening to at 8 a.m. about what are some tools I can use to be less stressed, it helps.”

To ask the women about an issue, e-mail them at Sharon@bbltoday.com, or Karri@bbltoday.com.

“We’re about having women find out what works for them,” Hockenbury said. “We’re not here to sell a program that’s all hype.”

Organizing an expo

Bruntz and Hockenbury don’t limit their time to work or radio shows. This spring, they and Issaquah resident Lynn Hoyos will host the second annual Beautifully Balanced Life Women’s Event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9 at Bellevue Embassy Suites, 3225 158th Ave. S.E.

The $10, hands-on event features speakers touching on healthy living topics, such as nutrition, parenting, exercise and fashion. Participants will also receive a medley of free samples and can watch or try demo fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates or Zumba.

Bruntz organized the first Beautifully Balanced Life Women’s Event when she was seven months pregnant with her second son as her last public hurrah before caring for her newborn. The event was such a success, she decided to do it again this year.

“I don’t want it to be a typical expo,” she said, adding she would focus on education. Instead of featuring brand-name makeup, she will inform women about the ingredients of makeup, and connect them with companies promoting natural products.

“I love it because its not just skinny models walking down the stage,” Bruntz said.

On the Web

Learn about the Beautifully Balanced Life Women’s Event at www.bbltoday.com.

Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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