How a Dietetic Technician Spent $1,000 on Wellness

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Welcome to Wellness Diaries. In this series, we send members of our community $1,000 to splurge on any product, service, or experience—as long as it’s something that can enhance health. 

This time, we’ve got Yasmene S.G., a dietetic technician and proud Ness Card holder. They spent their $1,000 on a Vitruvi humidifier, Loop earplugs, and a Theragun.

Meet Yasmene

They’re a dietetic technician with a love of skincare, produce, and cute things. (Same.)

Yasmene is also a Ness Cardmember, and purchased all of their items on their card, earning 5x points1 back on all purchases made at healthy merchants. Those include a humidifier, ear plugs, a stainless steel water bottle, and an elite massage gun. Plus, they donated the remainder of their $1,000 balance to a community empowering, educating, and employing gender-expansive people in the tech industry.

Their charity of choice: Leftover funds were donated to Donation to TransTech Social.

Yasmene S.G.’s Diary

$229 Humidifier


Vitruvi Cloud Cool Mist Humidifier | 1,145 Ness Card points

“In addition to dry skin, I suffer from allergies from dust and pollen aggravated by the dry air in my room. While I already have an air purifier, having a humidifier would help hydrate the air around me and bring back hydration to my skin after an exhaustive morning skincare routine. My lungs and skin will thank me!”

$44.95 Earplugs

Loop Earplugs

Loop Earplugs Engage Plus (Liquid Gold) | 225 Ness Card points

“External stimulation bothers me a lot. When I’m working and there’s so much going on, it’s hard to focus on my day-to-day tasks and it makes me feel very unproductive overall. These earplugs will help filter out noise while still allowing me to hear important details in meetings and phone calls to improve my productivity.”

$50 Water Bottle

Hood Health

Hood Health Stainless Steel “Stay Thirsty” Water Bottle | 250 Ness Card points

“I need a water bottle that is durable for on-the-go activity while still looking very cute and representing what I’m about. People tend to associate the wellness industry with a certain “look,” but there are people from the hood who are about that wellness life, too. This bottle shows it off while keeping me hydrated (something I often neglect).”

$399 Theragun


Therabody Theragun Elite | 1,195 Ness Card points

“I struggle with chronic pain. Even with regular physical therapy appointments, I still deal with back and shoulder spasms that leave me unable to do anything. A massage gun has been on my wishlist for a long time, but I could never justify the out-of-pocket price even though I know it would help me in between sessions. Plus, my mom is disabled and I know she’ll be able to get some use from it when she is in pain.”

$277 Donation

TransTech Social

Donation to TransTech Social | 554 Ness Card points

“While I’m currently a dietetic technician, I want to transfer to a career in tech. However, as a Black trans nonbinary person, the field feels very exclusionary.  Being part of the community started by TransTech (an organization that provides LGBTQ+ people with education, resources, and support to work in the tech industry) has not only been helpful—it’s helped to affirm that there are others like me. It also provides me with the tools to learn and succeed in this new phase of my life.”

Total Spend: $999.95

Total Points Earned: 3,369 Ness Card points

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