Why I Was Inspired To Create The “Health Interrupted” Podcast With Gina Lombardi

The “Health Interrupted” Podcast was created in the middle of a pandemic!

My co-host Gina Lombardi and I realized that we were in the middle of the most life-changing interruption, as we all were in lockdown.

And the more we thought about it and realized– I’m interrupted a thousand times a day as a mother with kids, and she’s interrupted with her life and family and work– it’s a pretty common theme that many people experience.

We’re all interrupted in life, and it’s inevitable.

But it’s how we pick ourselves up again, and how we use those interruptions to learn and grow to become the biggest, boldest, best version of ourselves.

“Health Interrupted” covers all sorts of health topics and interruptions– mental health, spiritual health, physical health.

We’ve talked to people who have faced really traumatic accidents, people who have various diseases or disabilities.

We really covered the gamut of interruptions, but we tried to stick to mental, spiritual and physical health interruptions.

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11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kenosha

11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kenosha, Wisconsin

How many of these facts do you know?

 11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kenosha

1. Jeff Mauro, known as “The Sandwich King” on Food Network, says that the grilled cheese sandwich from Mars Cheese Castle is one of the 8 best sandwiches in the country.

2. Car manufacturer AMC, in a partnership with Renault, developed the Renault Alliance in the early 1980s, which won “Car Of The Year” in 1983 from .

3. Take a ride down the Pike Bike Trail to see three spots on the National Register Historic Districs, Lake Michigan, and historical lighthouses.

4. Kenosha is home to a number of famous people including actors Mark Ruffalo, Orson Welles, inventor Thomas B. Jeffery, Chef Tony Mantuano, and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler.

5. Native Americans originally called Kenosha “Kenozia”, or “place of the Pike.”

6. Kenosha ranks in the top 50 high tech economies nationwide, and high tech industries add nearly $3.5 billion into the local economy.

7. Franks Diner in Kenosha appeared on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

8. Kenosha is close to Milwaukee, but is actually part of the United States Census Bureau’s Chicago combined statistical area and metropolitan statistical area.

9. The last stop on Chicago’s Union Pacific North Metra Line is Kenosha.

10. There’s a prehistoric woolly mammoth skeleton featured in an exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum, and is estimated to be 14,5000 years old.

11. Kenosha is a great place to meet your neighbors! We hosted a free summer concert on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Pennoyer Park with performances from Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Joe Piscopo and more.

Health Interrupted Podcast With Laura Kaeppeler Celebrates First Season

Health Interrupted Podcast Celebrates Inaugural Season

Twenty-five inspiring and motivating stories about real people with real health interruptions.

Health Interrupted Podcast With Laura Kaeppeler Celebrates First Season

I’m thrilled to announce the conclusion of the Health Interrupted Podcast’s first season, featuring an interview with world-class ‘Soul Surfer’ Bethany Hamilton.

I co-host the podcast with my friend, celebrity fitness trainer Gina Lombardi, and together we have uncovered inspiring stories from real people discussing how they’ve overcome health interruptions in their lives.

Featuring guests like Clint Malarchuk (NHL goalie, tragic accident and suicide survivor and now mental health advocate), Stephani Victor (actress turned Paralympic Gold Medalist), Cory Smith (aka Miracle Man and survivor of four brain surgeries after a basketball injury), Bryan Anderson (American Veteran of the Iraq War and triple amputee), the finale celebrated the milestone 25th episode with great tips and an amazing Call to Action from Bethany Hamilton.

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith, and hope. At 13, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and had won her first national title within two years. In 2007, she realized her dream of surfing professionally, and since then, her story has been told in a New York Times best-selling autobiography and the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. You can also watch her documentary called UNSTOPPABLE on Netflix. Bethany is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which reaches out to amputees and youth, encouraging and offering hope to overcome through Jesus Christ. Using her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored Body and Soul in 2014. Bethany’s latest project, Unstoppable, a surf documentary that showcases her as one of the best women surfers in the world, was released theatrically in the USA on July 12, 2019, accompanied by a photo book and a children’s book. Passionate about helping young women be unstoppable in life and faith, Bethany has launched a new website and online course for sharing content and facilitating connections. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer and motivational speaker.

You can listen to Health Interrupted Podcast on any audio streaming platform and Healthintrruptedpodcast.com. It is available on iTunes Podcasts, Spotify, GooglePlay, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music, and Audible (July 28, 2021). Every Wednesday, you can check out a new episode with the ladies as they talk to real people who achieved wellness despite health setbacks big and small, as well as experts who reveal their secrets to optimal health. If you’re struggling to get your health back on track or already have a solid health plan but are looking for tips and bio hacks, this podcast is for you.

Health Interrupted is a community that supports, encourages, and inspires all of our listeners to live their healthiest life. They get down to the grit of the matter and share usable information in all areas of wellness, nutrition, fitness, workouts, mental and spiritual health, and of course, products they love that add value to your life!

Laura Kaeppeler Shares Her Secrets To Healthy Living, Motivation And Finding Balance In A Busy World

Laura Kaeppeler Shares Her Secrets To Healthy Living, Motivation And Finding Balance In A Busy World

The most overlooked factor to health is twofold– people don’t know enough about it, or how to get started.

There’s always a fad diet, and people always think there’s a shortcut that you can take.

And the truth is, you’ve got to eat well, and you have to exercise.

There’s really no getting around that, and those two things haven’t changed.

I don’t think they ever will.

But sometimes we get interrupted by life, family or even health challenges.

That’s why Gina Lombardi and I created the Health Interrupted Podcast, which is where talk to real people who have achieved wellness despite health setbacks.

We also interview experts who reveal their secrets to optimal health.

So if you’re struggling to get your health back on track or already have a solid health plan but are looking for motivation and inspiration, this podcast is for you.

Listen here 🎧 https://healthinterruptedpodcast.com/

The second overlooked factor to good health is this: sometimes we can lack dedication.

And so when you get down or it’s hard to get your exercise in that day, or stick to a meal plan, we give up easily.

So I think dedication and knowledge are the two biggest ways in which we don’t succeed.

Laura Kaeppeler Shares Why Students Should Apply For The Kenosha Scholarship At Carthage College

I know the cost of college can be overwhelming at times, and having gone through the pandemic I know that a lot of students are facing struggles.

So if you’re a Kenosha student applying for college, take a look at Carthage College and the Kenosha scholarships that are available.


Carthage College is an amazing school, and to this day, I still keep in touch with many of my professors and friends.

Carthage really helped shape who I am today, I learned so much about music and performing from the faculty at Carthage, and my music studies program.

And I’ve always remembered who’s helped me along the way, and where I come from.

I think that’s really important.

So giving back just feels natural and wanting to help kids who have gone through a hard time with the pandemic too, is something that I feel passionately about.

I know the cost of college can be overwhelming at times, and having gone through the pandemic I know that a lot of students are facing struggles.

So the Laura Kaeppeler Scholarship at Carthage College is a way that I can give back.

To this day, I get letters from all the students that have received that scholarship, and that’s really cool to see what they’re up to and what they’ve studied.

So if I could help in just a little way, I’m really grateful!

Laura Kaeppeler Shares Impactful Moments During Her Time As Miss America 2012

What drew you to the Miss America program, and motivated you to enter?

When I first competed in Miss Kenosha, I was actually recruited by a friend of mine who was in the music department with me at Carthage College, we were both in choir, and we both were vocalists.

And she suggested that I compete because they had a talent portion of the competition, and also had a scholarship portion of the competition.

So she said, “You could do really well because you’re a singer. And if you’re looking to earn some scholarship dollars, you can do so through this program.”

So I had grown up attending the Miss Kenosha pageant, and like I said, Kenosha is such a small, close-knit community that the Miss Kenosha pageant was a community ordeal!

And a lot of people would go to watch. But I never thought of entering myself.

It wasn’t until I was in college, about 21 years old, and realized that I was going to be graduating soon with a lot of student loans.

So it became a perfect opportunity to pay off some student loans, and an opportunity to perform.

And the more I learned about the organization, it really was an opportunity to give back and do some good.


What advice would you have for anyone considering entering a pageant?

I’ve worked with a lot of girls through the years who have wanted to enter a pageant, and my best advice is to be yourself.

I think young women think they have to conform to a stereotypical “pageant person”. And that’s not really the case!

I think the young women who do the best are the ones that haven’t had a lot of experience in that world and who can just be themselves.

It should be fun and you shouldn’t have to change who you are to feel like you fit into doing that.


What was it like working with the United Service Organizations during your time as Miss America?

Traveling as Miss America was one of the most incredible experiences because I was able to do so much, and meet so many amazing people.

And one of those incredible organizations was working with the military in the USO.

I visited military bases all around the country, and I was able to perform for some of the troops at the bases that I went to.

The gratitude you feel when you actually are in the space that our troops spend most of their time is remarkable.

And so to this day, I still thank the men and women I see who are out and about in uniform. I always shake their hand and thank them for their service because it’s important.


Describe the experience of performing the national anthem at iconic places like Wrigley Field and Yankee stadium?

Those were really great experiences as a vocalist. My goal was to place in the top 10 in Miss America, so that I could sing on national television.

And then actually winning and being able to perform across the country at places like Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field and other stadiums across the country was a dream come true.

That’s just the icing on the cake for any singer!

What Was My First Job? Maybe You’ve Been To This ‘Spot’ In Kenosha!

If you’ve lived in (or visited) Kenosha, you probably know this place!

My first job was at The Spot Drive-In.

I started working there when I was 15 years old, and worked there all through college, paying my way through school.

I first started working inside, at the cash register and making ice cream.

And then I worked outside as a waitress.

The Spot is cool, because there’s no inside dining… cars pull up, and you go out and put a tray on their window.

They make homemade root beer that comes in frosted glass mugs.

I have really fond memories of working there. It was a lot of fun!

Laura Kaeppeler Talks About How To Overcome Health Related Obstacles On WTMJ

Laura Kaeppeler Talks About How To Overcome Health Related Obstacles On WTMJ

MILWAUKEE – Laura Kaeppeler shares about the benefits of yoga, and how to overcome health interruptions on The Morning Blend on WTMJ-TV.

In the middle of the pandemic, Gina [Lombardi] had known each other for almost 10 years, and we’ve worked out together for that amount of time.

And we were talking constantly about how interrupted we were by the pandemic, but we always carry on and persevere.

There are more stories like this out there!

So we developed this “Health Interrupted” Podcast, where we want to share inspiring stories of people who have gone through traumatic or difficult health interruptions in their life. Mental, spiritual, physical and emotional challenges, but they’ve found the power within themselves to overcome, rise again and thrive.

Listen to the Health Interrupted Podcast here, or subscribe through Apple PodcastsSpotify and Audible.


Laura Kaeppeler Co-Hosts The ‘Health Interrupted’ Podcast

Interruptions are sometimes just a part of life, but a health problem may just put a stop to your plans.

With your kids, partner, job and life in general, the road to optimal life can be rough. Even if you have the best intentions, something will always jump in your way.

Now you’ve made up your mind, and decided to get your health back on track.

You’ve got your meditation app, your meal plans and set aside time to exercise.

But then life happens, and suddenly there’s no food in the fridge, you’ve slept through your alarm, and there’s no “me” time.

Does this sound familiar?

Join Laura Kaeppeler, former Miss America, and Gina Lombardi, celebrity fitness trainer, as they talk with real people who have attained wellness despite setbacks, and professionals to share their secrets to optimal health.

The “Health Interrupted” Podcast is for you if you’re struggling to get your health back on track, or if you already have a good health plan but you’re searching for suggestions.

Health Interrupted is a community where all of our listeners are supported, encouraged, and inspired to live their healthiest lives. We get right to the point and give actionable knowledge about wellness, nutrition, fitness, exercises, mental and spiritual health, and, of course the products we love that can bring value to your life!

Laura Kaeppeler Health Interrupted Podcast

Laura Kaeppeler Miss America 2012


Laura Kaeppeler proudly represented the state of Wisconsin at the Miss America 2012 competition, which was held Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

“I was very much at peace at that moment, knowing that I was proud to be standing with her, and that whoever won it would be in good hands,” Laura told The Associated Press.

During her reign as Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler traveled around the world, appearing on television and speaking on behalf of organizations like the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Miss America Organization, and her own platform advocating for children of incarcerated parents.

The US News and World Report recently named Laura Kaeppeler one of The Top 100 Women Leaders In STEM.

Laura Kaeppeler Wins Miss America 2012

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan crowned Laura Kaeppeler during the ceremony. Laura, an alum of Carthage College in Wisconsin, won a $50,000 scholarship which she used for her education.

The Miss America 2012 competition was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas on January 14.

The preliminary competition saw Kaeppeler win the talent portion, and a $2,000 scholarship.

She performed “Il Bacio” waltz by Luigi Arditi.

Kaeppeler’s platform supported mentoring children of incarcerated parents, the Mentoring Children of Prisoners program.

“I feel like I’ve been called to do this,” Kaeppeler told Huffpost. “I believe my life was pre-written and predestined by a higher power before I was born. What happened in my past is part of that, and (being) Miss America is part of that.”

Laura Kaeppeler wore a white bikini for the lifestyle and fitness competition, a red dress embellished with rhinestones and beads, and a custom black beaded evening gown by Tony Bowls.

During the final round of the Miss America 2012 competition, one of the judges asked Kaeppeler about politics, and if beauty queens should declare their viewpoints.

“Do you think Miss America should be free to declare her political affiliation?” asked Lara Spencer.

“Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well. And so in these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all.”

Laura Kaeppeler won the 2012 Miss America competition, and was awarded a $50,000 scholarship.