For the past eight years, Paul Risse has traveled the country helping people improve their lives.

Now, the man who has helped celebrities and ordinary folks get healthy, has landed in Stephenville, where he hopes to help residents gain a new perspective on health and wellness.

"My goal is to help people improve their lives and health," Risse said.

Risse is a personal trainer, develops eating and cleansing programs, and is a raw foods chef whose experience in the health industry has taken him across the country.

He worked as a personal trainer for ABC's Extreme Makeover, and at one point even trained actor Harvey Keitel, and Monica Lewinsky.

Risse said he was working as a personal trainer in California when Lewinsky walked through the doors.

At the time, Lewinsky was a spokesperson for a national weight loss chain, but was having difficulty losing weight. Wearing big glasses, and signing up to train with Risse under an assumed name, Lewinsky began a rigorous workout regime that finally helped her get into shape.

But there were a few humorous moments along the way.

While Lewinsky was in the gym doing crunches one day, Risse said a show on the biggest scandals of the century appeared on CNN, including the affair between Lewinsky and former president Bill Clinton.

"All of this was playing in the gym and she acted as though it wasn't happening. We all just kind of ignored it," he said with a laugh. "It was one of the more surreal moments of my life, to say the least."

All joking aside, however, Risse believes his knowledge about health, food and exercise can help transform people's lives.   

"Many people wonder how they can enjoy life and still make good choices," Risse said. "I tell them that they have to change their mindset. If they do that, they never have to struggle with food or weight again."

Risse will share his knowledge with the public at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Health and Nutrition, located at 2187 South Loop, where he will give a health presentation. The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, call Risse at 512-712-0659 or e-mail