My name is Ruthie Guten. Like many people, I grew up, went to college, got a job, got married, had children and fell into the usual humdrum pattern of life. I had my ups. I had my downs. I worked hard. Really hard.
In 2009, I found myself exhausted. My stress level was extremely high and my health was failing. So in 2010, I did the unthinkable. After a lot of prayer and with the support of my amazing husband and kids, I walked away from a successful career as a public works director in order to blaze my own trail. I am specifically drawn to projects that utilize my skills and knowledge of public works & infrastructure, sustainability, project delivery, visioning, leadership, mentoring, networking, creativity, coaching, management, and communication to promote healthy lifestyles.
My goals are: To enhance the public’s awareness of the positive health effects that result from livable and sustainable communities and transportation systems; to promote projects within the region that focus multifaceted approaches towards holistic uses of land (e.g. - combining regional detention & retention with parks/open spaces, school site developments with trails/sidewalks and intelligent transportation planning); and, to promote health and fitness within our schools (both in practice and education) while educating our children to preserve our natural resources.
I wear many hats. I am a wife and mother, a civil engineer and certified health coach. I believe that we have the power to make a difference in this world and that it is our responsibility to build communities that are sustainable and that promote healthy lifestyles
I have been a devoted public servant for over twenty-five years with a focus on improving quality of life. I am here to serve. I have experience and skills and have a strong track record in visioning, planning, design and just getting the job done in an efficient, cost-effective, common sense, and joyful manner.
Vision - I envision a world filled with healthy and joyful communities that flourish as caretakers of this precious earth in a holistic and sustainable manner.
Mission - My mission is to incorporate my experience in the field of public works & engineering with my training as a health coach to build communities that open doors to excellent health, clean air, clean water, nutritious foods, efficient transportation systems & sustainability.
I have over 25 years experience in Public Works & Municipal Experience and a lifetime of experience with health concerns & lifestyle management. I've been a mentor, friend, health, life coach & advocate to many.
I am certified as an integrative health coach/lifestyle educator and have over a decade of experience with aromatherapy & the design of essential oil custom blends.
Since my retirement, I have coordinated numerous community health events, conducted workshops, cooking demonstrations, continued my regional environmental and sustainability advocacy, founded the DFW Health Coaches, become a licensed provider of the Diabetes Free America system, & nurtured my creativity by creating WordPress sites as a partner at Gushin Designs.
I love to write! I write articles for my blog & local newspapers, and occasionally submit them to various organizations upon request. Many of the articles I write are featured in my blog.
I also publish A Healthy You, a monthly newsletter that includes lifestyle related articles as well as recipes and nutritional data for various recipe ingredients. My newsletter also includes information on my scheduled workshops and events, so sign up for it soon!!!!
My Resume is available online and as a downloadable PDF file. :
• B.S. in Civil Engineering (Tau Beta Pi), University of Texas at Arlington, 1983
• Health Coach Certificate, SUNY/Institute for Integrative Nutrition, 2010
• Civil Engineer, Dallas Water Utilities, 1984-90
• Civil Engineer, Capital Projects Coordinator, City of Miami Beach, Fl., 1993 to 2003
• Director of Public Works, City of Cedar Hill, 2003-2010
• Independent Consultant, 2010 - Present:
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