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Health is their top priority

Duo keeps the public up to date on medical issues through cable TV show.

May 12, 2011|Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com
  • Susanne Whately, left, and Gregory Zarian go through their scripts before airing in Glendale on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)
Susanne Whately, left, and Gregory Zarian go through…

Susanne Whatley and Gregory Zarian were taking turns before a brightly lit mirror to finish any last makeup and wardrobe touches before taping “Healthline.”

Minutes later, they would take the stairs to the studio’s second floor to host an episode on disaster preparedness. The show’s guests were Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and the department’s Public Safety Director Tanya Gregorian.

A product of Glendale Adventist Medical Center and the Armenian Media Group of America, Inc., Healthline offers Whatley and Zarian a platform to interview health professionals and explore general wellness and health research within the field.

Since it began airing in August 2009 on Glendale’s local Charter Cable channel, Healthline has regularly reached more than 300,000 people, officials say. The original mission remains intact: “To get people talking about their health,” as Zarian put it. “It’s about people really paying attention to their health, asking their doctors questions — knowing what to ask.”

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They’ve now taken the show’s television platform and put it on Facebook where Whatley and Zarian hope to answer as many questions as they can, directly from viewers, no matter what those questions are.

Before the show had its own Facebook page, Zarian posted a doctor’s tip on Glendale Adventist’s Facebook page, suggesting curing athlete’s foot with white vinegar and black tea. The tip received about 150 hits in no time, convincing him how hungry people are for such information.

Both hosts admit they pay more attention to their well-being than they did before.

“It’s given me a vast appreciation for my own good health,” Whatley said.

Zarian is also more grounded. “Because of this show, I don’t believe I am as invincible as I thought I was,” he said.

The doctors they have spoken with have armed both hosts with the critical points of a healthy lifestyle: Drink eight glasses of water each day, exercise 150 minutes per week, sleep seven to nine hours at night, eat colorful plates of food.

“Colorful meaning more fruits and vegetables,” Zarian he said. “Going back to the basics.”

Whatley is a journalist who formerly worked for KFWB-AM (980) and anchors for the National Public Radio affiliate station KPCC-FM (89.3). Zarian is a motivational speaker and actor who recently starred in the film “Reconciliation.”

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