About Us - From Banker to Heart Health Coach

An Unlikely Story... From Banker
to Heart Health Coach

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  • Author Gene Millen 5/28/15

    Gene Millen, Heart Health CoachI'm Gene Millen, the owner of this website with my wife Bernie.

    I remember it like it was yesterday, although the near heart attack happened 23-years ago. My heart was pounding in my chest and and my breath was coming in short, labored gasps.
    I was afraid a heart attack was coming any minute...
    and I wasn't far wrong.
    After about two minutes the technician stopped the instrument of torture and I was escorted to a chair for a welcome rest.
    As my pulse slowly returned to normal my brain played a flashback of my errant lifestyle:
    My exercise motto was "If I get the desire to exercise I'll lie down until it goes away." and my favorite placque on our our kitchen wall read, "Life is uncertain, eat dessert first."

    I was jarred back to reality by a pleasant nurse who interrupted my daydreaming to announce authoritatively, "The doctor will see you now."

    As I entered the cardiologist's office he looked up from studying the results of my heart EKG treadmill test and grimly stated, "You're a walking time bomb and could have a heart attack at any time. You need to go to the hospital now!"
    Two days later Dr. Hugh Tobin, a highly skilled heart surgeon sawed open my chest and stitched in a six-pack of bypasses to my favorite arteries

    Fortunately (for me) this story has a happy ending. With the help of an excellent Cardiac Rehab program I made a steady recovery and moved exercise and a healthy heart diet to the top of my to-do list. Twenty-three years later my heart is pumping strong."

    Has your heart health taken a detour?

    It's easy to take an unplanned detour down the wrong road...and this could cause us to end up in an unexpected
    and dangerous neighborhood.

    One of Yogi Berra's famous sayings is,

    "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

    Anytime is a good time for reflection, and you probably have some an idea of how to reduce the risks of a heart attack such as improving cholesterol and blood pressure and getting more exercise;

    but do you really have a plan that will help you stop a heart attack before it happens?
    You may have heard the saying,"The best time to plant a tree is 40 years ago. The second best time is today.

    Wouldn't it Be Helpful to Have a Coach to
    Keep You On the Road to Great Heart Health?

    In his excellent book, Aspire, author Kevin Hall teaches us the source, and deeper meaning of coach.

    In a small village, named Kocs, in Hungary, during the 15th century, highly skilled craftsmen produced the world's finest horse drawn carriages.

    Originally crafted for aristocracy, coaches carried important people to their destinations. Over time, other forms of transportation adopted the term "coach", in honor of their town of origin.
    The true meaning of coach has not changed. A coach is something or someone, who carries a valued person from where they are, to where they want to be.
    I'm here to help, to be your advisor and help you avoid the pitfalls and false starts that I have made. And I've made plenty of them.

    Our Core Values

    A Strong Commitment to Our Customers

    You will soon find that this website is different from the usual "big business" model.

    We are a small business in every sense of the word. That's not to say that our business is tiny...about 3,000 persons visit our websites each month. But we are small enough to know and appreciate each one of our customers.

    As former CEO of a local independent bank for many years, (when banks knew their customers by name) I know well the rarity of "old fashioned" customer service.

    My wife Bernie and I personally own and operate this website. You will deal directly with us...not a poorly informed or "english as second language" customer service representative.

    We don't offer hundreds of products... just the ones we've personally researched and take ourselves. Supplements that we can recommend to our friends and family with a clear conscience.
    We've worked for many years to build a reputation we are proud of. Our goal is to give you the best value for your hard earned dollars.
    There is always someone who will cell a "commodity" cheaper. All of us love a bargain, but when our health depends on it "cheap" supplements are no bargain!

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    We invite you to take a look at a few comments from our customers..
    Take some time and browse through some to the articles on our website. If you have any questions give me a call. Click here to contact us.

    Gene Millen Bio

    A twenty year journey to Heart Health Coach

    Gene Millen's road to fitness and wellness has not been an easy one. Some of the most valuable information he has learned has been in the "school of hard knocks."

    Gene started in the banking business right out of high school. In 1973 he graduated with honors from the Pacific Coast School of Banking and in 1977 was chosen to be the founding president of County Bank of Merced where he presided as CEO for 15 years.

    Under his management, the bank grew from zero to 500+ shareholders, $100 million in assets, 100 employees and achieved premier performing rankings.

    In 1990, an unexpected near heart attack required open heart surgery to sew in a Six-Pack of replacement arteries cut from his chest and legs. This near tragedy moved heart health to the top of his priority list.

    Following is a summary of his journey from banker to Heart Health Coach.

    • 1949-1992 - Banking Business. Entered banking as a trainee after graduating from high school. In 1973 graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School with honors and organized the County Bank of Merced in 1977. Was president from 1977 to 1992.
    • Sept. 1990 - 1992 A near heart attack experience followed by open heart surgery and 200 sessions in Cardiac Rehab Program.

    Millen's heart health and wellness program received national recognition.

    Feb. 1993 - Nov. 2024 - Started, owned and operated the Vital Life Health and Wellness Center, a health and wellness club designed for the 50+ population.
    Created and implemented heart health and wellness programs (including monitoring of heart rate, and blood pressure) for 1200 members during this eleven year period of operation.
    The exercise, heart health, and wellness program they developed was judged #1 in California for four consecutive years.
    2002 - 2024 Developed and enhanced the Heart Health for Life website. This site has 200 pages and receives more than 3,000 visitors per month.
    From August 2024 to March 2024 - Fitness/Wellness Director for a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Central California. Developed and implemented physical wellness programs for 200 residents.

    Heart Health Coach Certifications/Accomplishments

    • Completed Cardiac Rehabilitation Program of supervised by nurses and physician.
    • Gene has been certified as a Physical Fitness Specialist by the prestigious Cooper Clinic in Dallas Texas

    • Certified as a Medical Exercise Specialist. Training included designing exercise/wellness programs for those recovering from heart attack as well as those with high blood pressure, joint problems and more.

    • EzineArticles.Com - Achieved Platinum Author designation. Health and wellness articles have received more than 43,000 visits.

    • Publishers - Mid Valley Publications, a group of six newspapers in Merced and Stanislaus counties in California with weekly circulation of 35,000.

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    Customer Comments

    "I am so very thankful that Gene and Bernie Millen continue to offer what I consider life-saving advice.

    I appreciate the natural heart supplements they offer for those of us who are desperately searching for alternatives to the "traditional" drugs prescribed by most physicians today."

    Janelle Carey,
    Savoy, Illinois

    "These Numbers Have Blown My Doctor's Mind!"

    "Gene: I just wanted to take a minute and share with you the results of my latest blood work.

    "My total cholesterol was 114, my LDL was 48, my HDL was 51 (up from 35), and my triglycerides were 111.

    "These numbers have blown my doctor's mind. He has tried for years to get my HDL up above 40.

    The only thing different that I am doing is taking the Krill Oil, the Red Yeast Rice with Citrus Bergamot, and the exercise program that you outlined for me.

    "I don't know which of these did the trick, or if it was a combination, but these are the best numbers I have ever had....Thank You BIG TIME!"

    Odis Summerw, Lubbock, TX

    "There is nothing I read with more interest and enthusiasm than your columns. Thank you once again for your efforts."
    Jim Nash

    "I love it. I wish I had found this place a long time ago!"


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