Real People, Real Stories, Real Life

It’s truly the people we speak to everyday that motivate us to do what we do. Here, you’ll find the hundreds of testimonials and stories whose lives have been changed by following our On Target Living message. At On Target Living, we are on a mission to transform the health and performance of humans one-person and one organizations at a time through our small steps to healthy living approach.

What Some of Our Clients Are Saying

Service Manager
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Vince Templin

Service Manager
AT&T

“I wanted to share my sincere gratitude for what On Target Living has done for me over the past year. I attended a seminar, read the book, signed-up for the weekly classes and here we are a year later, and the results are in. I no longer take any GOUT medicine or any medicine for that matter. I can run down the stairs in the morning instead of hobbling. I am also 30 pounds lighter; you guys have really changed my life completely. OTL helped me to realize that we have one body, and one life and we need to care for this daily. I sleep better, I feel better, I look better (in my eyes, ha) and I feel I am just a better person to be around.”

Head Coach, Michigan State University
Men’s Basketball Team

Tom Izzo

Head Coach, Michigan State University
Men’s Basketball Team

“I believe On Target Living is an excellent resource for individuals and organizations to achieve mental focus and overall wellbeing for peak performance.”

Senior Investment and Risk Analyst 
Efficient Capital Management

Kevin Townsend

Senior Investment and Risk Analyst
Efficient Capital Management

“Prior to attending the meetings, I felt like I knew something regarding health and exercise, but Chris was able to explain areas where I was confused, clarify so many misconceptions that exist in the world today about food/nutrition/exercise as well as provide incredibly lasting motivation, inspiration, as well as simple practical next steps to all the attendees.  No matter where someone is in their physical wellness, Chris can get you to examine your current state and find a way to take the next step.  These steps and his methodology has transformed my life and helped me to apply principles and concepts taught to me to benefit my family and even to clients that I have.

People in the world are craving this knowledge.  There is no shortage of information and “noise” around this topic, but there is a major difference in what Chris did for me verses books that I have read, or YouTube videos watched on the topic of workouts, fitness, and food. Chris has such a gift for educating on the subject that all can understand the concepts presented.  He is funny, engaging, and motivating.  I have never seen a group of people, regardless of their age or what they are wearing, get up and start to move their bodies to start off a meeting.  He can bring in a crowd of people and get people to do things and take action in their lives like no one I have ever encountered before. There are few people that have made a major impact on my life, Chris Johnson is one of them.”

Wealth Management Advisor
Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner

Brian M. Shambo, CIMA®, CFP®, CPWA®

Wealth Management Advisor
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

“We have had tremendous feedback again and I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thanks.  We (I) decided that we are going to use what little space is available in our offices and build a “Chris Johnson” bar.  We have bottles of cod liver oil and some more on the way, spirulina and wheatgrass.  We are going to put in a new mini fridge with freezer for all this stuff and I also ordered some snacks for everyone to try from your website.  The only thing aloud to sit on top of the CJ Bar is food that rots if not eaten.  I am tasked with keeping my amazing team healthy and we will take baby steps in the beginning. “

Strategic Account Manager
AT

Kirk Pouttu

Strategic Account Manager
AT&T

“I have been on a self-guided journey to improve my health and found your webcast extremely germane and timely and almost like a conversation between you and me rather than a one to many.  These days I am walking about 4 miles a day.  I have dramatically overhauled my diet (what and how much) and have shed 30 pounds since October.”  

Director, Client Executive DOJ
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Tom Steele

Director, Client Executive DOJ
AT&T Government Solutions

“I will admit to being a born skeptic.  Since my cholesterol has always been borderline high and I knew I had some follow-up blood tests due the end of June I decided to take on the.  Since early May I have been taking my cod liver oil, flax seed, chia seed, wheat grass and algae on a daily basis.

Bottom line, numbers do not lie.  My cholesterol is down 46 points and my triglycerides are down 40 points.  My doctor is happy and I am now a believer.”

Director, Client Executive DOJ
AT

Gregory Olson

Director, Client Executive DOJ
AT&T Government Solutions

“I have been to a hundred conferences over 25 years and no speaker has had this type of impact on me.  My 13-year-old and I have had our Cod Liver Oil TOGETHER for the past 2 nights ­going to make it FUN! I am writing to say thank you for your inspiration.”

Michigan LearnPort®, Professional Services Coordinator
Michigan Virtual University

Cassandra L. Harris

Michigan LearnPort®, Professional Services Coordinator
Michigan Virtual University

“I am excited to share the news that I have recently purchased Kristen and Matt’s cookbook, as well as a copy of Chris’s book for myself, my brother, my sister, and parents. I have been talking non-stop about Kristen’s presentation, sharing how authentic her personality is and the influence of her amazing expertise with On Target Living. The knowledge I had previously had about nutrition, fitness, and good health were not only confirmed but expanded upon and for that, I am extremely grateful for all the wisdom shared and the passion behind this lifestyle. Thank you for allowing me that opportunity; as someone already highly passionate about sustaining good health. I will cherish Kristen’s presentation more than ever, as it has brought a whole new meaning to me on the importance of being the best ‘you’.”

Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner

Sean P. Siana

Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

“Prior to starting the wheatgrass pills I was getting excruciating migraines on an all-too-frequent basis. Once I started taking the pills, my migraines disappeared, only to resurface again once I ran out of wheatgrass pills. I then took your advice from the email below and purchased the wheatgrass cubes from your website, and the results have been fantastic. I feel even more alert, energetic, and focused, not to mention there are no signs of migraine headaches. My girlfriend also decided to give them a try.”

MCR

Reginald A. Rasmussen, CRPC(R), CFM

MCR & Associates Assistant Vice President,
Senior Financial Advisor Portfolio Manager, PIA Program
Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith

“As you know Avery, my daughter, gave me my WHY. Down 40 pounds, blood work is awesome. I have gone from a fat guy who pounded pizza and beer to an accomplished Cyclist (several registered Century rides), 1/2 IRONMAN and Full IRONMAN in 2013. I have planned for 2014 – 2 half IRONMAN, 1 Full IRONMAN, 1 Marathon, and 2 Century rides, one of which is a Gran Fondo. ‘Motivated by cancer….inspired by my Daughter’. Thanks for your message, as I have said before you made things easier for me.”

Former National Sales Director RS Investments
 
President at Trutelic, Inc

Colin Lake

Former National Sales
Director RS Investments
President at Trutelic, Inc

“We have just returned from our “second” management retreat with On Target Living. The fact that this was our “second” visit you would think we would not have been surprised.  We were not– we were all blown away!  The attention to detail, the high-quality content, and the entire teams’ ability to cater to each individual level of fitness, understanding of nutrition, and wellness… is extraordinary.

At RS Investments, we strive to improve the lives of our highest performers on our management team and I cannot think of a better way to invest in our people, than to spend 2.5 days with On Target Living. The greatest value of the whole event was that Chris, and everyone on the TEAM worked with each of us to incorporate a sustainable take-away.  Our management team now understands and holds the keys to perform at their personal best. Time well spent!”

Private Wealth Relationship Manager
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner

Mary Leahy Rankey, CFP®

Private Wealth Relationship Manager
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

“Everyone absolutely loved the Culinary Experience event! You are awesome, and we cannot wait to have you back! Our clients are still talking about this event and what a wonderful evening we shared together.  This event connected us to our clients in a way that no other event has done in the past. We are big believers of how food can build relationships and transform lives. Food and healthy living are truly powerful investments.”

President 
Stonegate Financial

Terry Wiles

President
Stonegate Financial

“We host an annual client event every fall, and the On Target Living Culinary Experience event was the best event we have done to date.  We have had more quality client feedback from this event than any other.  Kristen really connected with the audience and made for a very enjoyable evening with clients.  The food was fantastic, and Kristen’s energy can be felt throughout the crowd.” 

Director of Event Experience
Peak Advisor Alliance

Brenda Boek Tellier

Director of Event Experience
Peak Advisor Alliance

“We loved having you join us last week. You were fantastic. And from the line for the cookbook and questions, I would say it was a total success!”

Head Football Coach,
University of Notre Dame

Brian Kelly

Head Football Coach,
University of Notre Dame

“I had the pleasure of working with Kristen on multiple occasions as part of a healthier lifestyle and performance program. She in not only enthusiastic about nutrition and wellness, but her engaging personality really connected with our audience.”

President
Mass Mutual Carolinas

Tim Flanagan

President
Mass Mutual Carolinas

“Thank you for attending our first kick off meeting. You did a great job and we can’t wait to do more with you! “

Content Development Coordinator 
Dow Jones Wealth Management

Georgia Dean

Content Development Coordinator
Dow Jones Wealth Management

“Having Kristen at the Barron’s Top Advisory Teams Summit was a breath of fresh air! Her fast paced and engaging content kept the audience motivated even beyond the session. We have heard from many attendees that they have been using her “food target” since the conference and have reported that it is a simple and easy tool to help make healthier decisions every day. Also, having Kristen lead an early morning yoga session before the content began was a perfect way to kick off the day!”

On Target Living Quarterback
Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins

On Target Living Quarterback
Minnesota Vikings

“I am a strong believer in the role nutrition plays in one’s overall wellbeing. I am an even stronger believer in Chris Johnson and his knowledge on the subject. His principles have been and will be a major contributor to my successes on and off the football field for years to come.”

Former CEO

John Thiel

Former CEO & Head of Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch

“Chris Johnson’s goal in On Target Living is to put us on a path of discovery toward living our best lives. That has certainly been the case for me. If you are often stressed, Chris’s approach of making small changes in the way you eat, move and rest can produce big results in the form of renewed energy, positive spirit and better health.”

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Brian Shambo

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch

“Following our event, I had people calling, texting and emailing how great the presentation was and that you blew the doors off the place.  I even had people stop by my house because they wanted to thank me in person!  Crazy right?  But I wanted to say thank you again for coming and for cramming your day back to back with presentations.  By the volume of people that have reached out to me, it must mean that people really bought in! Everyone loved the venue and presentation”

Meeting Chair 
Meeting Planners International, Michigan Chapter

Nick Stratton

Meeting Chair
Meeting Planners International, Michigan Chapter

“Thank you for sharing and giving hope to us that are looking to make life brighter and happier, but most of all, thank you for being you.”

Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Natalie Lariccia

Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch

“We worked with Kristen as a guest speaker at a client event in 2015, and she was simply wonderful. Our clients were delighted, and our team received numerous complements. Kristen was enlightening and informative. Everyone can identify with benefits that On Target Living addresses and the power of living a healthy lifestyle. Kristen is realistic and helps people understand that, even in today’s hectic lifestyle, there are some simple adjustments we can make that really make a power impact. I would also highly suggest purchasing the On Target Living Cookbook. It is filled with tons of delicious, healthy and colorful recipes that are easy-to-make and appeal to all tastes.”

Consulting Communications Senior Manage
Deloitte Services LP

Shannon Leibowitz

Consulting Communications Senior Manage
Deloitte Services LP

“On Target Living is absolutely INCREDIBLE! I really truly believe that with [their] approach I am going to get off of the crazy rollercoaster, stop beating myself up, enjoy my life, and achieve my goals.”

Senior Vice President, Investments
Raymond James

Heidi Gough WMS®, AWMA®, CRPC®

Senior Vice President, Investments
Raymond James

“About a year and a half ago, Chris came to the Raymond James Summer Development program and he literally changed my life.  I have been religious about the cod liver oil, spirulina/chlorella, small upgrades and the food wheel.  Truly cannot thank On Target Living enough for changing lives!!!“ 

Senior Financial Advisor, Vice-President Global Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner

Darin N. Shank, CRPC®

Senior Financial Advisor, Vice-President Global Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

“How different life has been since I washed salts and sugars out of my taste palette.  I cannot emphasize this enough as to how transformational this was.  It is like I had forgotten what food really tastes like and was blessed to rediscover that. 

 The first time I finished a meal and had a completely different feeling / state of being.  There was an absence of a typical gastronomical sense about the meal. I was not full, bloated, gassy, fulfilled, pleased, or even satisfied. But yet I felt great. Then it hit me. I felt great because I felt re-energized. It was the first time – in arguably decades – when I had the sensation of eating for fuel and for no other reason. It was one of the most natural sensations I have ever experienced in my life, and you want to talk about the feeling of being ready to take on the world.  As a “foodie” this was big.

Lastly, I really appreciate all of the insight into cell health.  It is my belief that this was a key component. I take my PH level seriously when I look at every day. If you look at the effort to results ratio of my experience ­the most effort happened at the beginning and the most results happened at the end after the efforts became routine. I believe that this is because my body was changing from the inside out.”

Business Unit Liasion Global End-User Technologies
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Keith Van Meter

Business Unit Liasion Global End-User Technologies
AT&T Services, Inc.

“I am 57 years old with a great wife and three great kids, but I have been letting my health go for several years.  I actually have never had a very healthy lifestyle since graduating college!  Several things you mentioned really made sense:

  1. It is not too late.
  2. It does not happen overnight.
  3. Look at the food source!!!  I love this one.  
  4. Hydration.
  5. Taking care of your cells.
  6. Movement.   

Anyway, I took notes, ordered your book and am determined to get better.  

Thank you”

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Barnaby W. Horton, C(k)P®

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Chris Johnson changed my life ­ REALLY!

But I was a skeptic at first.

I met Chris Johnson at a Merrill Lynch wellness conference nearly three years ago. To be honest, the stuff he was talking about ­ all the weird foods, supplements, and movements ­ made no sense to me.

But the timing was right for me to make a change.  I had just been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and my life was in transition anyway.  I figured Merrill Lynch did not want to kill me, ­ so I said what the heck, I¹ll give this a try.

And I jumped in with both feet.

I bought: Chris and Bonnie’s cookbook, Chris’ workout tapes, an OTL starter kit, and a gigantic case of wheatgrass ice cubes, Cod Liver Oil, spirilulina and chlorella, flax, and started eating from the center of the circle.

Within a few weeks I had dropped so much weight and retoned my body, that I had to visit my tailor to redo a few of my suits.

I was beginning to feel better and have more energy.  Chris and I worked on a plan to help me address the diabetes.  And I also worked with my doctor on my blood work. ­ He was amazed when he saw all my numbers dramatically improve at my appointment 6 months later.  While the OTL program did not improve my golf game, I felt far more energy on the course, whereas before, I would start running out of gas around hole 13 or 14.

For me the importance of the On Target Living program is the framework.  OTL gives me reference points for nutrition and exercise.  I now understand the concept of getting food from the source and that on labels less is better.  Perhaps the most liberating concept for me is that OTL is not a diet program, it is more of a way of life.  The 80/20 concept allows me to plot out my meals and not feel guilty when I splurge 3 or 4 times a week on a meal that is not ‘OTL approved.’  

Finally, OTL has given me strength and confidence to take on new physical challenges.  Being the owner of a bad back, I have never ran competitively.  Well, last spring, I competed in three 5k races and took 7 minutes off my time from race to race. My goal is to run in 24 minutes, a concept unknown to me three years ago.

Thanks to Chris Johnson and everyone at OTL ­ I have more energy, more vitality, and better health.”

Office Manager 
Stonegate Financial

Becky Wiles

Office Manager
Stonegate Financial

“We, along with our clients, thoroughly enjoyed our time with Kristen.  Many of the attendees said it was the best presentation they had ever seen.  Kristen’s message is easy to understand and motivating. We truly appreciated how easy it was to work with Kristen and the team at On Target Living. They have a great process in place and communicated directly with the event staff at the Country Club to coordinate the details unique to our group. We highly recommend Kristen as a presenter for your next client event!”

Regional Vice President 
Ivy Funds Distributor Inc.

Cameron Emmott

Regional Vice President
Ivy Funds Distributor Inc.

“I was introduced to the family of On Target Living almost 3 years ago and I am a huge believer in their practices and message.  They have helped me personally and professionally spread a message of healthy, balanced and delicious living. Chris and Kristen are both terrific ambassadors, I trust them with my clients and they are worth every penny; our health is priceless.” 

Managing Director

Gregory C. Sarian, CPWA® CIMA® CFP® ChFC® CEPA®

Managing Director & Partner
The Sarian Group at HighTower

“Thank you for the great presentation you gave to our clients last week. [Kristen’s] thoughtful insights as to how busy people can make simple choices in their diet and supplement routine to improve their energy and output was appreciated. The feedback we have received thus far has been fantastic”

Former President of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Michele S. Katz

Former President of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

“Kristen is truly delightful. As a registered dietitian, she delivers nutritional data in a clear and understandable manner and provides tips that you can apply to your daily life to improve your health and your life.”

What Some of Our On Target Living

Ambassadors Are Saying

On Target Living Ambassador

Jackie Griffin

On Target Living Ambassador

“Been huge inspiration. So blessed On Target Living is out there teaching people how to eat instead of just dieting.

On Target Ambassador

Michael and Kelly DiMaggio

On Target Ambassador

“We both read On Target Living and placed the target on our refrigerator. We combined have lost about 85lbs., all by reading your book and walking.  We are proof that even on a lesser income it is possible still to eat right and healthy!”

On Target Ambassador

Brenda Danger

On Target Ambassador

“I saw my new rheumatologist recently, and when he reviewed my lab results from April, he noted that all of my complement numbers were in the normal range. I don’t think that has ever happened since I was diagnosed with Lupus in my 30’s. 

He also said my other numbers all looked good and he does not believe I have enough indicators to justify a diagnosis of Lupus.

He cut my medication dosage in half! I told him about how I changed my diet last year, and he told me to keep doing what I have been doing because it seemed to be working. :)”  

On Target Living Ambassador

John Lowman

On Target Living Ambassador

“Just wanted to say thanks again for the roadmap to what has led to my wife and I losing 59 pounds between the two of us; just by following the shopping list we’ve been able to accomplish this! Thank you! We both feel great and need to buy clothes that fit!”

On Target Living Ambassador

Sara Burns

On Target Living Ambassador

“Just a quick note of thank you to Chris, Matt, Kristen, and the rest of the OTL team.  You have made a great difference in my family’s lives and thank you does not measure up in comparison to what you have done.  

My husband first heard Chris speak at an invest conference in January 2007.  He came home and went through everything in our home and threw away any food with high fructose corn syrup in it.  He raved about how inspirational Chris was and became even more motivated to be healthy for himself, me, and our first child. 

Fast forward 9 years – we have added one more child to our family, both food targets are on our refrigerators and constantly in use, and we are inspired by your tips, challenges, and more.  I have Chris’s most recent book, which I refer to frequently and have purchased Matt and Kristen’s cookbook.

I again thank you for encouraging people to eat healthy, exercise (or move for fun as we tell our children) and be mindful. “ 

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