ELLEN LANG is the owner of Better Than Ever Wellness. She has been a Registered Nurse for almost 50 years and holds a graduate degree in public health. Having worked in a variety of nursing fields including orthopedics and home care, her areas of expertise include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic disease. She started Better Than Ever Wellness in 2006 to provide personal fitness training and advice for people who are looking to improve their overall health. Her professional career has focused on health promotion and disease prevention through the use of exercise and diet. This approach has enabled clients to delay the onset of chronic diseases or to prevent long-term complications of those diseases.
Ellen knows first hand how to apply fitness, exercise, and diet to help you to recover from injury and disability. After years of long distance running and biking she developed osteoarthritis in her knees. Working with a personal trainer she has become stronger and developed muscle to strengthen damaged joints using modified weight-bearing exercises. She now enjoys kayaking, in-line skating, bicycling, swimming, and snowshoeing to stay fit. She is a passionate advocate of strength training for functional fitness and can bench press 135 pounds, demonstrating that age is not a barrier to fitness. She also practices Tai Chi to maintain balance and prevent falls, one of the main causes of injury that leads to disability as we age. She firmly believes that anyone of any age can benefit from aerobic exercise, strength training, and balance exercises to remain fit and healthy well in their later years.
In addition to her interest in health and fitness Ellen is a medical consultant with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. located in Mansfield, CT. She has worked for the Center for almost 20 years.
Ellen graduated with highest honors for the William W. Backus Hospital School of Nursing. She has a BA degree in biology from Eastern Connecticut State College. She holds a Master’s degree on Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Connecticut where she authored The Rising Incidence of Diabetes in the Adult Navajo and a Collaborative Approach to Health Care Using Traditional and Western Medicine. She is also a contributing author to The Medicare Handbook (Aspen Publishers).