A NURSE who watched her mother have a heart attack has been inspired to open a wellness centre in the middle of Worthing.
Ricca Parada, 39, originally from the Philippines, celebrated the grand opening of her business, Fitness2shape, on Thursday at her office on Chapel Road.
Worthing Mayor Bob Smytherman was on hand to cut the ribbon and gave a speech in which he highlighted the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Mr Smytherman said that small, startup businesses were ‘the lifeblood of the community’.
The business aims to help people lead a healthy and active lifestyle, by encouraging exercise and sound nutrition.
Ricca said: “I’m a professional nurse but being a wellness coach is my calling.
“I feel great. It’s the best fulfilment you can feel when the clients say it’s working for them.”
Ricca works part-time as a nurse at Worthing hospital and runs her business in her spare time.
She said: “Wellness is about the goose that lays a golden egg. People should protect themselves, the goose, not the things they have.”
At Fitness2shape, Ricca offers her clients a full-body scan before working out a regime for them, ensuring that each client has a personalised wellness program.
Ricca said was inspired to become a nurse after her own family was struck by health problems when she was young.
She said: “When I was twelve my mum had a cardiac arrest. I know how it feels to be a child in the corner who can’t do anything about what’s happening.
“Then, when I was 35, I started having chest pains and was short of breath after climbing the stairs. I thought ‘I have to do something about this. I’m not yet ready to die because I have children.’
“I didn’t want them to feel the same thing I went through as a child.”
It was at this point that Ricca decided to improve her own fitness and nutrition started using Herbal Life products.
After losing 30lbs in three months she started promoting the products and decided to become a wellness coach.
She now hopes to help others in the community to become healthier.