Her passion for healthy living began at an early age and has continued to expand into entrepreneurial adventures. She is the cocreator of the Optimum Wellness media program, which includes television, web, and retail presence, as well as a quarterly magazine.
Debra is dedicated to educating and inspiring others to take charge of their health through community outreach seminars, articles, retreats, radio, and creating healthy recipes. She served as senior writer and editor for alternative and complementary medicine for Thomson Healthcare, and continues freelance writing and editing. Her writing and recipes have been featured in such magazines as Delicious Living, Better Nutrition, Vegetarian Times, and Alternative Medicine. Debra has coauthored two cookbooks: Not Just for Diabetics, Naturally Delicious Recipes for Optimum, and the award-winning Colorado Fit Kitchen.
Debra is passionate about cooking healthy food and daily movement. She is a certified NIA and R.I.P.P.E.D instructor, has completed marathons, triathlons, including a half-Ironman triathlon, and loves tennis, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking with her family. Debra has two daughters, Dakota and Elli, and recently celebrated twenty years of marriage with Dr. James.