About Yanna
Yanna Darilis, ND, Ph.D.Yanna Darilis, ND, Ph.D.
TV Host- Health & Wellness Expert

Yanna Darilis is Naturopathic Doctor and has completed her doctorate in alternative Medicine, with her dissertation on  “The Biological Benefits of Digestive Enzymes”. Her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees include; a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education & Health, a Bachelor of Science in Film & Television, and a Master of Science in Original Medicine. She is a certified personal trainer, Integrative Nutritionist, and Lifestyle Medicine Coach, specializing in plant-based diets and corrective nutrition.

Yanna began her career in her early 20s in sports & fitness. As an educator, she was the head Basketball and Volleyball Coach for JV &Varsity Teams. Her experience in the 90s included working with her professors at one of the first Exercise Physiology centers in New York, as a master trainer and fitness center manager. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at various nationwide fitness centers including; Bally’s Total Fitness, Lucille Roberts, and NYSC- New York Sports Club. Yanna assisted in the development and general management of the first luxury Fitness Center & Spa in Long Island City, New York, Club Fitness NY & Spa. After the completion of the development, Yanna was at the helm of the facility  (Gym-Spa-Juice Bar) as General Manager, Director of Marketing, Personal Training, and Group Fitness Manager. Along with offering a  luxury environment, Yanna was a pioneer in applying holistic approaches at Club Fitness NY, offering natural products, Integrative Nutrition Sessions, Far-Infra Red therapy, and a natural juice bar, where she formulated various juice recipes for health.

All these elements made it a popular destination, peaking the attention of the press, winning Club Fitness NY the Schnep’s Media “Best Gym in Queens” award for four consecutive years.  Yanna was born and raised in New York and hails from Greek descent. Fresh out of college in the early 90s, and with extensive personal training experience under her belt, Yanna was hired to work in Athens, Greece. She has been a consultant for many fitness centers in Athens, and a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan magazine (Greece), 7 Days TV Guide, and various Greek newspapers. In  2005 she published the first exercise and nutrition book for Greece, “Love Your Body”,  where she wrote about the Hippocrates mind-body and soul concept. Yanna simultaneously enjoyed a career as an on-camera talent lifestyle and fitness TV Host for over a decade, working on the most popular morning shows, as well as the first English language news and magazine show for the national Greek channel Antenna, and Hellenic Broadcast’s ERT World. Yanna was the IOC’s Master of Ceremonies for the 2004 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies, along with directing and voicing talent in stadium venues. Yanna has worked for NBC Universal on the “Today Show” as a segment host on the 2004 Olympic Games, and E Entertainment’s Tara Reid Reality Show.

Yanna has also organized and moderated various panels at the United Nations SRC, tackling issues on Environmental and Health topics. Returning to the US, she became a shareholder in the 35-year-only Greek-American Television Channel in the US & Canada, NGTV-New Greek TV, where she produced various TV shows including the News, Lifestyle, and Travel shows, and conducts various interviews with high-profile guests, ranging on topics from politics, culture, arts, health, entertainment and lifestyle. Yanna has been a contributor to the huffingtonpost.com, thriveglobal.com,  and Cyprus mail, writing various articles on health and travel. Her extensive experience in health, fitness, integrative nutrition, and alternative medicine, gives Yanna over 30 years of experience in the health and wellness space. Currently, Yanna has created the first wellness TV show “Living Well With Yanna” , traveling the world in search of ancient secrets of health and the Blue Zone lifestyle, presenting and featuring natural lifestyle methods to help viewers get back to health and pursue her mission of spreading information about health to the public. Yanna was recently tapped to join the ABH Group of Athens, Greece, to help develop ZOE Bioregenerative Clinic, in Santorini Greece, as the Director of Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine.

Nations Panel SRC:  https://youtu.be/5GHTE-zy_Bw

Simultaneously with her Television career, Yanna also enjoyed a successful modelling career, and worked for various fashion brands as a brand Ambassador, she also walked the runway for top International and Greek designers including; Valentino, Oscar De Larenta, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Ellie Saab, Gotex, and more.

After her successful career in Greece, Yanna returned back to the United States, and teamed up with a group of Greek- American Investors to acquire NGTV, the 30 years old Greek television channel on Time Warner Cable in New York, and rebranded and launched New Greek Television, and the news site, www.newgreektv.com. Her main focus is on creating and developing programming for the Greeks abroad, with the goal of preserving Hellenism and building a bridge between Greece and the United States. The New Greek TV website was developed to provide information about Greece, the United States, and the Greeks abroad. Yanna Darilis was also chosen to take part in the Hellenic Initiative’s World Wide Video Campaign, “ONE GREECE”.

Yanna shares her travel experience as a contributor to the huffingtonpost.com, and health and fitness articles on thriveglobal.com. Her latest appearance as Host of the PBS Series “Mediterranean Blue” aired nationwide on various PBS affiliates. She also enjoys organizing and Moderating panels on peace, environment, & wellness topics, at the United Nations, Recreational Council, Salus Network. She is a member of the Foreign Press Association of the United States and accredited with The New York State Police Department as a member of the Press.

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