About Barb

Barb Tessari strongly believes that, when implemented strategically, Worksite Wellness Programs can not only reduce health care costs and improve productivity, but also provides a tremendous opportunity to manage the obesity and stress epidemic that is taking it’s toll on our overall economy.


Through her 25 years of Benefits and Wellness Consulting as well as helping individuals through Lifestyle Coaching, she found that typical Wellness Program design elements were not reaching out to enough people, particularly the employee population that needed the most support and were a company’s highest risk. Realistic Lifestyle Solutions is part of Barb’s ongoing mission to more effectively change an employee population with innovative programming, personal interventions and support services. Barb says,


“Most of us know the basic formula for a healthier lifestyle. While education is important, if someone can’t order a small instead of a large or eat a serving of vegetables a day, the problem is not solved with more education, diet or instruction. The answer is in allowing people to take a step back and figure out why they aren’t doing the basics that they already know they are supposed to do to feel better and be healthier.”


Barb’s background and experience in Benefits and Wellness include:
  • 15 years as an employee benefit consultant
  • 7 years in Corporate Wellness Design & Consulting
  • Director of Lifestyle Coaching for a National Wellness Company
  • Helped develop a first of its kind Corporate High-Risk Lifestyle Coaching Program certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
  • Author of 3 books on the topic of realistic lifestyle change
  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Certified Wellness Coach (CWC)
  • A faculty member of Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)

Barbara Tessari

Lifestyle Coach
Corporate Wellness Consultant
Motivational Speaker & Author