Jenn Hicks

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Nia Dance: Love Song to the Earth

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Recently we’ve been dancing to this beautiful song called “Love Song to the Earth”.

A couple of Nia teachers choreographed the piece from the corners of the globe and it’s been my honour to bring it to class over the past few weeks.

Every single time I dance and share it, it moves me so deeply knowing that this message of peace is being danced by our Nia community worldwide and carries on the effort of the artists to send a message to the UN about climate change.

Here it is:


If you have ~5 mins, and want to be inspired, take a look at the official video.
You’ll go on a mini trek around our beautiful world.

FYI: Every time the song is purchased, streamed, or shared, the royalties go directly towards the efforts of Friends of the Earth to keep fossil fuels in the ground and lower carbon emissions, and to the work of the U.N. Foundation to inspire international action on climate change.

Exercise Addiction – My Story in the Toronto Star & On Talk 1010 Radio

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

I’m not shy about my past. After coming out the other side of a major mental health crisis I knew I needed to share my story. I speak openly quite often about my history of an exercise addiction and anorexia. I view the fact that I have bipolar disorder as one of my assets, not something that brings me down.

People say things like “you’re brave for sharing your story”. I disagree. The courageous part was surviving what I went through.

Why has it been so important for me to share? It’s because I CAN. I won’t perpetuate the shame and stigma of mental health issues that has long existed in my family and many others.


We all have a story. Telling mine helps me to feel that I’m making meaning and purpose out of the confusion I’ve been through. And I trust that elements of my experience will resonant with and inspire others (no matter what one’s life situation is).

This is why I was thrilled when I was contacted by Lauren Pelley of the Toronto Star to be interviewed for an article on Exercise Addiction. You can read that article here – or click on the images below.

You can also listen to an interview on NewsTalk 1010 that Barb DeGiulio did with me here or on the audio file below.






You can listen to my interview with Barb DiGiulio below. I’m not sure how to take being introduced with Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical” playing in the background… Luckily I do have a good sense of humour so am not offended by it. I did however do one *giant* eye roll upon hearing it while waiting for the interview to begin!