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I'm Gemma Evans. I've been a television news journalist, presenter, reporter & producer for Sky, Channel 5 and ITV in the UK for more than 13 years.

My broadcasting career has involved making telly in exciting locations; from the top of volcanoes to deep underground in the sewers of London (really) while meeting fascinating people with compelling stories and innovations along the way (see what I mean in this short video).

Presenting for Sky News on location in Iceland

Presenting for Sky News on location in Iceland

I also happen to be a major health geek, so it was only a matter of time before I combined my years of broadcasting with my wellness nerdiness, and healthHackers® - my video and podcast series - was born.

As is often the case, there's a backstory to my fascination with optimising health. After some issues in my teens - thought to have been linked to my nutrition - I spent much of the following 20 years looking for ways to improve my health.

I immersed myself in researching factors and topics that I could exert some control over, such as blood sugar regulation, supplements, hormonal balance, anti-ageing, exercise, mental well-being, skincare and various ways of eating - with some experimenting on myself (although I wouldn't recommend following my tactics).

Combining virtual reality with exercise - this is me being filmed for Sky on the ‘Icarus’ workout station

Combining virtual reality with exercise - this is me being filmed for Sky on the ‘Icarus’ workout station

I visited numerous health experts, doctors, nutritionists and other practitioners. And as the presenter of Sky TV’s weekly tech show, ‘Swipe,’ for several years - I loved selecting great health-tech innovators to feature on the programme, sharing insights into futuristic ways of improving our bodies.

Testing an electrical muscle stimulation suit for one of my Sky News features

Testing an electrical muscle stimulation suit for one of my Sky News features

So, creating healthHackers® - a platform to showcase pioneering people and for me to try out some of the new technologies designed to help us improve our health - seemed like a logical move!

All of my guests on healthHackers® are doing things a bit differently, unique or unprecedented in some way. You’ll see what I mean when you watch some episodes.

I've come to find there's never one answer or one explanation that is right for everyone to achieve optimal physical or mental well-being. I'm still wading through new ideas everyday. But by getting inside the minds of those inspiring others on the health scene right now, you can at least see and hear different approaches and then make up your own mind.

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Have a watch or listen while you're here and let me know about your own health-hacking; what's worked for you and what hasn't?

Gemma 

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Here’s a short video showing what I’ve been doing on TV for the past few years…