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Vanessa is the Principal of Underwood Consulting, and Underwood’s Sports & Fitness. For the past 20 years she has been committed to helping people of all ages discover their total wellness potential.


Life TIMES Cover Feature

Lessons in Faith & Courage 2004 by Bob Violino

Reebok Alliance 2000, The Road to Recovery

The YWCA Academy of Women - 2011

Leading a Full Life

New England Sports Network 1999 (Feature story)

Roche "Transplanting Miracles" National Photo Essay

Woman's World Magazine, January 1997

Saturday Evening Post, September 1996

Total Fitness Magazine, July 1996

Women's Sports and Fitness Magazine, 1996

Stars For Life - Fitness video for transplant recipients and dialysis patients

The knowledge Vanessa shares is full of personal experience and professional credentials.  She is a nationally certified Strength & Conditioning coach, and is certified by the American Fitness Association of America, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Cancer Exercise Institute.  Vanessa serves as a Personal Trainer, and Strength Coach, focusing on all populations from the very young to the young at heart.

Vanessa was the first time recipient of the Dupont Lycra "Inspirational Moves" Award, presented at the Women of the Year in Sports Awards Ceremony, in Atlanta, Georgia. The award was established ‘to celebrate an inspirational individual who has contributed significantly to women's athletic achievement’.

Vanessa was one of only 13 recipients chosen to participate in "Transplanting Miracles," a black and white national photo essay that was unveiled in New York City and scheduled to tour every major American city. The Exhibit portrays inspirational messages about the successes and realities of organ transplantation.

In addition to her professional and national certifications as fitness professional, she also has an advanced degree as a Paralegal and holds a Bachelors degree in Social Services. Vanessa has served her community for the last ten years as a Victim advocate for her local Police department. Vanessa has been a Board member to the National kidney foundation for 15 years.  She volunteered her expertise for Transplant Chronicles for over ten years; motivating and inspiring people to take control over their lives though fitness and wellness articles.

A three-time kidney transplant recipient and cancer survivor, Vanessa has developed her own personal formula for achieving and maintaining wellness. Today she travels across the country sharing her motivational message of the vital importance, and the dramatic benefits that exercise contributes to ones over all health and wellbeing.

"1 passionately believe that exercise was paramount to my recovery process and to the quality of my life today. Determination, desire and commitment to achieve specific goals empowers us to become stronger not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well," explains Vanessa.

As a national speaker, Vanessa has been invited to present her program "Moving into Wellness" at patient and professional conferences both nationally and internationally.

Her passion to motivate others is also communicated through print, radio, TV and videos. In 2004 Vanessa’s inspiring story was profiled in the book Lessons in Faith & Courage, (Bob Violino) She has contributed significantly to numerous publications, and continues to write for numerous publications. Her articles motivate and inspire the reader to achieve wellness in their lives through energizing first-person stories, helpful tips and down-to-earth fitness advice.





Vanessa A. Underwood • 603-382-7460 •
9 Squirrel Run Road, Plaistow, NH 03865

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