Meet Your Local Health & Wellness Expert Stacey Ascone-Mello

Every Friday you'll have the opportunity to peek inside the mind of one of our local health & wellness experts. They'll share with you their advice, suggestions, wisdom and answer their most popular question from clients.

This week let's get to know our local health & wellness expert Stacey Ascone-Mello.  Stacey is a certified personal trainer, nutrition expert and the owner of the Hartland Fitness and Wellness Center located in Hartland, Vermont. 

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Tell us about yourself and why did you choose to go into a health field?

I recently opened my own Fitness studio in Hartland Vt. We have been open for 9 months. Before opening the studio, I was a school teacher during the day and a fitness instructor at night. I am also a certified personal trainer and nutrition expert. In November of 2017 I left my current teaching position and began the process to start The Hartland Fitness and Wellness Center. We opened in January 2018. I chose to go into this field full time to share my knowledge and expertise of fitness and nutrition. Over the years as a trainer I have helped many people change their lives for the better. There is nothing more rewarding than watching someone reach a goal they once found unattainable and knowing you had a part in it.

What makes you unique in your field?

What makes me unique in this field is our size. We are a small community. Most everyone knows one another and if not, they will shortly after joining. We are big enough to hold fun classes and events,  meeting new and exciting people, and small enough to offer individual attention on a regular basis. 

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What question do your clients ask most frequently and how do you answer them?

The question my clients most frequently ask is “ Do you think I can do it?”. 

My answer is always- YES! I do not need to know a person well to have positive belief in them. If you want it badly enough-it is possible. We can do anything we set our mind to.

What do you see as the greatest health risk posed to this generation?

I think the greatest health risk to this generation is obesity. Adults and children in our country typically do not know how to eat. Many people choose to buy cheaper food to save money and time. Our quick busy lives force us to eat on the go, making us pick foods that are likely unhealthy. Most Americans are not correctly educated on how to eat for optimum health benefits.

What’s the best health/fitness/wellness advice you've received?

The best advice I ever received is the advice I give out today, “No two people are the same, we can not create cookie cutter workouts and/or food plans. Every “BODY” has different needs. What works for one, may not work for another.”

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Do you have a success story of redeemed health you’d like to share?

A success story I could share would be about a former client of mine. She came to me about 100 lbs over weight, having tried every diet in the book. She had back pain, high blood pressure and felt awful. She was looking for help, but wanted it instantly. It took awhile, but I helped her understand that in order to keep it off, remain healthy and continue to make progress we needed to move slowly. After a year of working together three times a week on exercise and nutrition, she was down 80 pounds and ran her first marathon. Now, she is down more than her 100 pound goal and currently teaches group fitness classes. She has kept the weight off and improved her overall health for over 2 years now.

What is your favorite area of wellness to practice?

My favorite wellness practice is Zumba! I love to Dance

What are you passionate about, besides your professional life?  

I am passionate about my children and family. Helping my children turn into successful adults

What’s your favorite quote or mantra?

My favorite quote is “ Abs happen in the kitchen!”

What’s one book you recommend everyone should read?

The book I recommend is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

What one suggestion would you make that would have the greatest impact for improved health?

My suggestion for improved health would be, give yourself 10 minutes at a time. Even if you do not feel like exercising, or cooking,etc. Get up,  say I can do this for 10 minutes” … I bet you'll go longer.

Any final piece of wisdom you’d like to share?

I’d like to add that everyone has different needs, both fitness and nutrition. All should be modified to fit the individual. A good instructor will always do this. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – Its our job to help you. 

How can people learn more about you and what you offer?

Learn more on our Facebook page at  Or our web page  Call or text 603-703-6757 or email

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Get to Know Your Local Health & Wellness Expert is brought to you by Julie Glynn Coaching. Julie has her master's degree in Health & Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health.  She is an Anti-Diet Coach, Body Positive Facilitator, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Health at Every Size Practitioner.   She facilitates live local workshops as part of the Upper Valley Women's Workshops   She also offers individualized one-on-one coaching on the same topic for deeper transformation.  She hosts the Facebook Group BoPo, HAES, IE Superheroes  (Body Positive, Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating) as well as a group for female entrepreneurs Self Employed Superheroes  Each week we will feature a different health & wellness expert from the Upper Valley and share with you their wisdom and opinions for living a fully integrated healthy life.  Please email her with any questions at


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