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Our Journey to Wellness: Wellness Checks Part 1 – Health Studio KC

Joey and I are not only partners in business, but partners in life as well. We live and work together. Often, we even get stressed, overwhelmed, and develop bad habits together due to our hectic work life as business owners. It can be tough to eat healthy meals, and even tougher to get in our recommended exercise.

That’s a big reason we are on this “Journey to Wellness” – to do our best to get back on track and get our lives back in some resemblance of balance. This starts with developing a baseline from which we can measure progress. And it starts with being honest with ourselves on where we are today, despite how we got here.

We’ve decided to get this baseline analysis from our friend and neighbor, Dr. Damon Heybrock with Health Studio KC in Woodside Village. We’ll follow-up this blog with an honest assessment of our discoveries and a plan to improve. But, we wanted to start by sharing what Dr. Damon has to say about the importance of these wellness checks:

Wellness Checks: Your Health Dashboard 

-Dr. Damon Heybrock, Health Studio KC

Most of us treat our cars better than we do our bodies.  Our cars get routine maintenance and check-ups, we choose the premium gasoline, take them in when they make a strange noise and we pay attention to the indicator lights on the dashboard.  Can you say the same for your health?

We are generally a group of skilled deniers and slow reactors in matters of our health.  Our goal at Health Studio KC is to make it easy for you to place a renewed focus on your health and wellness.  You may ask, “Why should I go to the Dr, I’m not sick?”  Here’s a few decade specific thoughts on why you should establish a relationship with a primary care doc and make a goal to set up a check up today:

Your 20’s:  You’re transitioning from college to your first job.  Exciting freedoms and new opportunities.  There’s a good chance you feel healthy and have a hard time imagining getting sick.  You are likely playing harder than you are working, but there are new pressures and responsibilities.

Nutrition is too often quick, easy and cheap.  Increased stress, poor concentration, increased passions and fluctuating emotions are common.  Creating balance may not yet be a learned skill and the understanding that healthy lifestyle choices today will pay off in the long run is useful to realize.  This is a great time to establish a relationship with a Primary Care Physician you can talk to and trust and begin talking about health goals. You will be way ahead of the curve in your health — and as a result — in life.

Check up indicator dashboard: Weight, Blood Pressure, Emotional/Mental Health, STI prevention, Nutrition, Testicular Cancer, Alcohol Consumption

Your 30’s:  You have increasing responsibility and investment in your relationships and your work.  With that comes more juggling and less time.  Health often starts taking a back seat at the same time it is getting a little more difficult to be at your best.  When do professional athletes typically start eating better and caring for themselves?  In their 30’s.  Time for you to do the same.

Nutrition habits, if not previously addressed, still suffer due to lack of time.  With decreasing metabolism, increasing body fat mass and decreasing body muscle mass this can be a problem.  Decreased sleep can be affecting energy, concentration and testosterone levels as well.  Learning how to turn off work and be present at home also becomes an important skill in jugging of responsibilities.

Check up indicator dashboard: Body composition, Blood pressure, Anxiety/Stress, Cholesterol and Blood Glucose, Testosterone, Work/Life Balance.

Your 40’s:  Wisdom and perspective, a knowledge and confidence in who you are and much less concern for who others want you to be.  That said success comes with responsibility and too often results in too much fatigue and too little time — all work/no play.  Burning and churning now results in things starting to catch up with you — consequences.  If you aren’t on track at this point, now is the time to get into gear — so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

You very much are what you eat and now it is noticeable.  Your waist line predicts your risk for disease and adding cardio is no longer enough to shrink that number.  Sleep can be tougher to come by and how you feel today and how you want to feel tomorrow are going to require some effort.

Check up indicator dashboard: Heart Health, Liver and Kidney health, Family History, Athletic Gains/Recovery/Injury prevention, Sleep, Hormones

Your body has a design — there is a way in which you run most optimally, where the tensions are in balance and you feel well.  How to achieve and maintain this?  Well, the broad strokes are simple — eat well, move, get some sleep, hydrate.  But life has a way of complicating things and as Charles Eames noted, “The details are not the details.  They make the design.”  Health Studio KC is here to help with the details — from conversation to plan to execution — enabling you to be a responsible participant in your health.  We understand that health is not one size fits all and that each of us are a melodious medley of our past, our family, our work, our passions, our responsibilities and our choices, our present realities and our future hopes.  What does health mean for you now and what do you want your health to look like in 5/10/20 years from now? The choices you are making today are directly influencing those goals.

The “Why?” of Health Studio KC is a desire to enable you to be a responsible participant in your health — to partner with you in achieving your most optimal design.”

You know right when you walk in that Health Studio KC is not the typical doctor’s office experience.

Joey and I had our wellness checks at Health Studio KC. We’re already discovering things we can change to get our health back on track. Watch for our follow up story to hear about the plans we’ll put into place to stay on our journey to wellness.

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Our Journey to Wellness: Ruby Jeans Juicery

As small business owners still in the first year of our start-up, we constantly struggle with maintaining a healthy diet. We usually work somewhere between 65 and 70 hours a week, opening and closing the store almost every day. Cooking at home is just not an option for us right now due to the lack of available hours in the day. That leaves us relying on more convenient options — and we all know the slippery slope that can be if you’re not careful!

Continuing on our “Journey to Wellness”, we thought we’d share one of our favorite new local discoveries – Ruby Jean’s Juicery. Located at 1111 Main Street in downtown Kansas City, Ruby Jean’s offers healthy beverages and snacks in a hip, welcoming environment that is “inclusive for all”.  As someone with a slew of food allergies, I often struggle to find establishments who have multiple options that are gluten, dairy, and soy free. Ruby Jean’s had a range of great options for me – from gluten-free avocado toast to delicious dairy and soy free protein shakes.



One of the first things we noticed when we went into Ruby Jean’s was the heart and soul. The friendly and welcoming environment comes as no surprise after meeting founder and CEO, Chris Goode. We’ve had the privilege of getting to know Chris on a deeper level — and thought we should share some things we learned about Chris as he was modeling our Fall arrivals.



What inspired you to create Ruby Jean’s Juicery?

“Ruby Jean’s Juicery was inspired by a newfound love of juicing…and understanding the importance of health. I then took that passion and merged it with the deep seeded love and longing of my late grandmother, Ruby Jean, who passed at age 61 primarily from type 2 diabetes. Essentially, she never lived a healthy lifestyle — and that inspired a desire in me to make as many people healthy as possible by way of Ruby Jean’s Juicery.”

How do you want Ruby Jean’s Juicery to impact the community?

“I want Ruby Jean’s to become a melting pot for all races, sizes, sexual orientations, religions, socioeconomic status, etc. — as I believe health is the common ground between all people.”

Have you learned anything new about food and healthy eating since you’ve opened Ruby Jean’s?

“I’ve learned that it’s more of a mental battle for most people than I once thought. That’s why we try to use my grandmother’s story of never focusing on health — to create a less intimidating culture of supporting people wherever they are. We don’t want people to feel like they have to already be healthy or in shape to come to our stores. All are welcome!”

How long have you been in the Kansas City area?

“I was born here in the early 1980’s. Outside of my time as an undergrad at Missouri State, and a one year stint in LA — I’ve lived in Kansas City my entire life!”

What are a few of your favorite places to go in Kansas City?

“I love Grand Street Café, Café Europa, and Genesee Royale Bistro. I also think the new Monarch Bar is amazing.”

Who do you like to spend your quality time with?

“One of the things I’ve always said is that I’m already a wealthy man by way of my relationships. I have a great family that I adore and a group of friends that span as far back as 4th grade.”

What role does men’s fashion play in your daily life?

“Prior to Ruby Jean’s, fashion was more of a staple for me. Since opening Ruby Jean’s, tee shirts and sweats or shorts have become the norm for the better part of my every day life. Now, when I get the chance to dress well for a meeting, an event, or a date — it truly is a release to express that side of me. Entrepreneurs can get so caught up in just getting through each day, that downtime and socializing can feel like a vacation. That’s my chance to be fly!”

If you haven’t tried Ruby Jean’s, you’re missing out! It’s another great option to add into your arsenal of healthy food options as you’re working towards wellness and a healthier lifestyle. And you’d be hard pressed to find a more genuine and passionate business owner.

-Buck & Joey, ULAH

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New ULAH Blog Series: Our Journey to Wellness

When we were working on our concept for ULAH, we landed on creating “A Men’s Apparel & Lifestyle Store”. The “lifestyle” part of that concept is something we are both really passionate about.  It comes to life through the assortment of products and services we provide and the experience we create in our store. To take it even further,  we want to build relationships with our clients — and partnerships with other businesses in our community.

We really feel that men deserve better when it comes to relevant retail marketing and experiences. We’ve also been hearing guys say they would like to learn more about men’s health and wellness topics, products, and services. That’s why we’ve decided to openly explore this larger realm of wellness, and share our discoveries with the community.

In our series, you’ll see everything from new healthy eating options and workout ideas…to skin care, better shaving practices, and aesthetic procedures — all through our experiences with local businesses and service providers. And, of course, you’ll hear about our trials with new products that we bring into our store that can help men along their journey in achieving a lifestyle of wellness.

Thanks for being a part of our journey, being active in your Kansas City community, and supporting local! Stay tuned for more!

Buck and Joey, ULAH



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Don’t miss out on ULAH’s Spring Events!

ULAH has several events planned for Spring and Summer, with more to come! Check out the latest planned events here: