Instructor Spotlight

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Kamaria Mason, MS, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: My parents recently decided to join me here in North Carolina. I have 3 brothers, 1 sister, 4 beautiful nieces and 1 nephew. No pets, I’m allergic to most furry animals, but I use to have a Beta Fish name Maddison.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? Originally from Detroit, Michigan and now residing in Durham, North Carolina.

Favorite way to be active:  Skyrobics, which is an aerobics class on a trampoline. I also enjoy Zumba and walking the North Carolina greenways and trails.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? My mother’s weight lost journey and hypertension management motivate me to eat smart and move more. I am a firm believer that you can control your own destiny when it comes to chronic illness and disease. Just because my mom has hypertension it doesn’t mean that I’m doomed to have hypertension too. I have a choice, and I choose to work towards maintaining my health by eating nutritionally dense foods and being physically active.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? Really make a diligent effort to try new foods, exercises and different strategies throughout the 15 weeks. Some things you may not like, other strategies you may love! Now is the time to figure out what works best for you and I am here to support you in your wellness journey.

Why do you do what you do? I teach Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less because I enjoy helping people reach their wellness goals. I mentioned my mother’s condition earlier, she inspires me to be healthy and encourages me to help others adopt a healthy lifestyle.

How would you describe your teaching style? Interactive! I understand we all can have a short attention span at times, especially if we are gazing at a screen all day. My goal is to keep class, fun and informative 🙂


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Steph Bryant, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: I live with my husband Eric, and seven backyard chickens! They don’t all have names (in case we decide to eat one) but we went through a Star Wars phase a while back and named a few of them: Hen Solo, Chew-bach-a, and Princess Lay-a. Very punny. J We are also pseudo-parents to our housemate’s cat Max, a beautiful orange tabby.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I’m originally from Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. I’ve lived in Carrboro/Chapel Hill (right on the line) for the past 10 years.

Favorite way to be active: Running and walking are my go to forms of movement! I also like to hike, swim, and ride my bike when I can.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? My dad was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes before I was born, so all my childhood memories of him include his struggle to be healthy. His diabetes impacted almost every part of his life, and he passed away when I was 18 years old. I am motivated to eat smart and move more so I don’t follow the same path as my dad. I want to be a good example for the rest of my family and friends, and live life to the fullest.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? Small, manageable changes are the key to being successful! It is so easy to get bogged down by all the ways you can change your lifestyle. Set yourself up for success by working towards one goal at a time, and really master it before moving on to the next.

How would you describe your teaching style? I love to teach with examples and analogies! The more folks can relate to the content, the more the material will stick with them long term. I’m a visual learner myself, so I try to use a lot of imagery in my lessons. I also believe that some of the best examples and strategies come from the students, so I usually pick on folks to share their own experiences. It helps keep a conversational tone and everyone stays engaged.


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Laura Sanders MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: My husband, Paul, and our two kids, August (12) and Olivia (9), plus our dog Kit (6).

Where are you from originally? I am from Los Gatos, California.  After moving all around California, we came back to the Bay Area about 5 years ago.

Favorite way to be active: I love hiking, backpacking, and exploring all the amazing parks and beaches near me… anything outdoors!

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? I want to be able to keep up with my kids and be a role model for them. With all the technology of modern life pulling us in different directions, I want my kids to grow up loving the outdoors and all the recreational opportunities that are available. I also want them to appreciate the simple things in life like sitting down to a family meal and eating whole, unprocessed foods (this one is definitely a work in progress!!).

Why do you do what you do? I really like working with people to help them make healthy choices for their lives in ways that work for them and are realistic.

How would you describe your teaching style? I would say that I am approachable and fun and try to have a lot of examples, visuals, and ideas so that good conversations get started.


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Becca Wright, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: 3 kids, Eaden, Elsa, and Mabel

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? Born and raised in Chapel Hill

Favorite way to be active: Run because it is freeing and fun. It’s also a quick way to get a really good workout. Running always makes me feel better all day long.

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less: I just love when participants are engaged and tell me stories of what they are doing to eat smart and move more. I love hearing the success stories. I also enjoy doing the exercise breaks!

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? It’s Great – so many simple, realistic strategies to help you live healthier.

Why do you do what you do? Because I really like teaching and helping people become their best.

How would you describe your teaching style? I love teaching! I would describe my teaching style as a facilitator. While I love to share amazing things about eating healthy, I love to hear how participants use the strategies we talk about in class, share their success stories and challenges, and are motivators to others in class.


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Lauren Kruse, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: I have been married to my husband Travis for 15 years. We have three kids Connor (13), Molly (11) and Emery (8).  We also have yellow lab named Samson who is 2.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I am originally from Massachusetts.  I moved from MA to NC when I was 13.  I have now lived in NC a lot longer than I lived in MA, but I still love to go back to visit!

Favorite way to be active: I love exercise!!  I try to find a way to do it everyday!  Running has been my favorite form of exercise for years.  I have done 4 marathons and plan to run another one this year.  The nice thing is that my kids love it too, so it is really fun for us to do some races together!  I also love to take Samson for long walks, to go for family hikes and bike rides, and to do TRX and strength training videos.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? It works!!!  The healthy habits that you adopt during this program will last you a lifetime!

Why do you do what you do?  I love helping people become the healthiest version of themselves.  It is so great to be a part of my student’s healthy journey – to see where they started, observe the changes they made along the way and help celebrate all of their successes at the program’s completion!!

How would you describe your teaching style? I love my classes to be as interactive as possible!! I think it is valuable for students to learn from the instructor and their fellow classmates.


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Jenelle Wass, MS, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: My family includes my husband, my daughter, a dachshund named Ruby, and a Westie named Penny.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I was born in Michigan, but I grew up in Asheville, NC. I love the mountains and try to get back as often as I can. My family is currently in Northeast Ohio.

Favorite way to be active: I love walking, whether it’s a stroll with my family around our neighborhood or a strenuous hike in the woods. Over the past year, I also started weight lifting. I enjoy feeling (and seeing) my body get stronger and able to lift heavier and heavier weights. I round it all out with yoga, which is as much mental as it is physical.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? My family motivates me. Most of my extended family is overweight or obese. Many suffer from related chronic diseases. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with health, nutrition, and food because I myself struggled with my weight and because I wanted to learn how to help my family members live healthier lives. Now that I have a family of my own, I’m even more driven to be healthy and serve as a positive role model for my daughter.

Why do you do what you do? I like that I’m able to bring evidence-based information to participants and help them use it wherever they are in their individual journeys to better health. I love witnessing that “A-ha” moment when something clicks for them.

How would you describe your teaching style? Approachable. Passionate. A little silly.


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Meredith Fine, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: Husband – Johnathan, Son – William, Cat – Bama

Favorite way to be active: Anything outdoors! Hiking, biking, walking the trails where I live, swimming….

Favorite Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less lesson to teach: Re-Think Your Drink – I love showing the amount of sugar in common beverages and the seeing how surprised participants are to learn what they are drinking!

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? Feeling well overall – physically, emotionally, mentally – motivates me to live a healthy lifestyle.

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less: Not sure that I can pick just one moment – this is my 7th year teaching the class and I’ve seen many participants over the years transform their lives for the better from what they have learned in this class!

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? If you genuinely try the strategies discussed each week, you will see results!

Why do you do what you do? I am passionate about helping people learn how to live a healthier life!  It is very rewarding to see people change their eating and exercise habits and feel better overall!


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Raina Goldstein Bunnag, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: My husband Raj and our three cats.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? Originally from Maryland and now living in Durham, North Carolina.

Favorite way to be active: Walking, because I can do it almost anywhere and it really helps me de-stress.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? Feeling my best both for myself and my family.

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less:  I enjoy when the class is supportive to each other, whether it is helping another participant to brainstorm solutions to a barrier or congratulating them when they have achieved their goal.

Why do you do what you do?  I enjoy helping people find ways to take control of their own health through slow and steady lifestyle changes. It just takes commitment and a good support system! This program will help you find both.

How would you describe your teaching style? I would describe my teaching style as motivating. Behavior change is hard for all of us and as an instructor, I think my most important role is to be a cheerleader.  I focus on helping participants celebrate successes and work through roadblocks on their journey to become their healthiest selves.


Courtney Brooks, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: I live with my handsome husband, Rey, my darling son, Graham, and my sweet border collie dog, Tux.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. I moved to Durham, North Carolina in 2014 and have since made it my home. I love the laidback North Carolina lifestyle, being surrounded by nature, and making new friends.

Favorite way to be active: My favorite way to be active is DANCING!! I have always loved to dance (informally) for as long as I can remember. However, I tend to do a lot more walking around the trails of my neighborhood and occasional bootcamp-style exercise classes these days.  I change up my exercise routine frequently both for convenience and to help reduce boredom.

Why do you do what you do? I chose to be a dietitian and a part of the nutrition and dietetics profession so that I could help inspire and motivate individuals to lead healthier, happier, and more productive lives. My goal as a dietitian is to help people figure out strategies and approaches to healthier eating and increased physical activity that work for them, their priorities and their lifestyles without falling into “quick fix” diet traps.  I want to give people the knowledge and power to make educated choices so they can best take care of their bodies and their health for the long-term.

How would you describe your teaching style? My approach to teaching is that I believe individuals in this program can learn a lot more from one another and the experiences that they are willing to share with each other than anything that I have to say.  Most of the participants already know the main strategies needed for losing weight and which choices are the healthy choices. It’s the implementation of these strategies and the actual “doing” that is hard. Learning from others about what they’re doing and how they’re being successful is what is most valuable. I try to provide a teaching environment where program participants feel comfortable and supported in sharing their experiences with the group. I also try to encourage them to reflect on their trials and tribulations outside of the classroom and to bring what they’ve learned back to the class so that everyone can learn from that experience.


Lindsey Joe, RDN, LDN

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I am originally from Memphis, TN and now reside in Nashville, TN.

Favorite way to be active:My favorite way to be active is doing group-ex like Barre or Yoga, as well as walking or hiking with friends and family.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more?For me, I want to be able to do anything my heart desires, without limitations.  I experienced a frightening and potentially life-threatening situation on a speed boat once and if I had not been able bodied and self-sufficient, it’s likely I would’ve walked away from that moment injured or possibly even not alive.

Why do you do what you do? I do what I do because I genuinely believe EVERYONE can build a life that brings them health AND happiness.  One doesn’t have to exist without the other – they can coexist together 🙂

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less:My favorite moments are always when we can laugh together in class.  We know that humor is an instant mood-lifter so I love smiling with my participants.  I also love giving them shoutouts when major milestones and accomplishments have been met.  It feels like a win for me too whenever they share their positive changes.

How would you describe your teaching style?My teaching style is fun and informative.  I never want my classes to feel like a school lecture that has lulled you to sleep rather than leaving you feeling inspired.  I recognize that the time you spend in class is YOUR time and I want to make it worth your while!


Rebecca Puffer MPH, RD, CD

Family, including pets: My husband, Matt, and I have 3 kids, Will, Kate, and Calla.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I grew up in Carlisle, PA. Since then, I have lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  I now live in Valparaiso, Indiana which is in the northwest corner of the state near Chicago and Lake Michigan.

Favorite way to be active: I like to mix up my activity and enjoy walking, hiking, swimming, yoga, and I go to my local YMCA.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? I want to keep my body healthy and feeling well so I can keep up with my kids!

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? Take advantage of all the information each week, but focus on the things that resonate with you and find a buddy to make it more fun.

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less: It’s very rewarding to help participants find ways to be healthier that fit into their real life, schedule, and family.

How would you describe your teaching style? I try to be very clear and organized with the information and then I like to include real-life examples to apply the information.


Autumn Ehsaei, MS, RDN, LDN, CLT

Family, including pets:Married to my husband Chris, and we have one orange cat named Frankie who is our furry ball of love. I am also a lucky daughter, sister, and aunt to the cutest nieces and nephews in the world!

Where are you from originally and where do you live now?I’m originally from South Florida, lived in Northern California for a few years, and now live in the Raleigh, NC area.

Favorite way to be active:My husband and I have a shared love of hiking. We hike as often as we can, and often our travel involves visiting places like national parks or other beautiful outdoor spaces where we can hike together. I also teach and take Pure Barre, a ballet-inspired fitness class, which as a former dancer is my other favorite form of movement for my body.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be?You get out of it what you put into it. You have to put in some work to see a positive outcome, but like most things in life that are valuable, it is 100% worth the work. Go in with a positive mindset and a clear understanding of your “why,” seek out support, and take advantage of this opportunity!

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less: When participants start to see results from their hard work! It is amazing to see the success people have and the confidence that it provides knowing that THEY did it! I feel like I am merely a support system, but they are the ones doing the hard work day-in and day-out, so to watch their success and be able to cheer them on is a gratifying feeling.

How would you describe your teaching style? Positive (I want people to love food as much as I do!), balanced (I’m all about finding an approachable way to reach your goals, not hard and fast restrictive rules or fad diets), and approachable (I love and welcome questions, and want to be a resource for the people that I work with).


Heather Frost, MS, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: Husband-Michael. We’re hoping to rescue a Golden Retriever soon!

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? Originally from WI and have lived in NC for over 9 years! We started out in Raleigh, spent some time in Burlington and Wilmington, NC and decided to move back to Raleigh because we love this area!

Favorite way to be active: Hiking and yoga. Both help me remember to breathe, be grateful, be active and clear my mind.J

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? To feel good and have the energy and peace of mind to live life to the fullest!

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be?  We are in this together.

Why do you do what you do? My grandmother had Type 2 Diabetes and I saw her struggle with uncontrolled blood sugars and live with numerous chronic conditions by the end of her life. My goal is to help as many people I can prevent this disease by making small, baby steps to be and eat well!

How would you describe your teaching style? Laid back, supportive, motivating. I try to bring lightness to the class and make sure my participants feel supported.


Mickey Davis, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: I have an older sister in Austin, Texas, younger sister in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Mom is still in the same house where she and my dad raised us, in Northern California.

Where are you from originally?  Marin County, California and currently live in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Favorite way to be active:  Running! I used to be a collegiate track athlete, back in my day. These days I’m not running quite as fast, but I still love the serenity a daily jog brings to my mind. I try to eek out a fast pace every now and then when I’m feeling spunky.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? It’s a form of expression. I always feel most calm when I am exercising. I come up with my best ideas while I’m running, and I process my feelings when I’m moving my body. The way I eat impacts my own body, but also many systems around me, which makes me feel connected to a greater community, and to the planet.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? Take advantage of this collective group to gain support, get ideas, ask challenging questions, and bring inspiration to your journey. We’re all in this together!

Why do you do what you do? I love connecting with others, helping them if I can, and having good food, great lifestyle and overall well-being at the center of my conversations. I love to see others discover what works for them and share it with everyone.

How would you describe your teaching style? Inclusive, anecdotal, fun.


Elizabeth Strawbridge, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets:  I live in Durham, NC, with my senior pit/boxer mix Lola.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now?  Growing up, I lived in 3 countries and 5 states.  I came to NC for grad school (go Tar Heels!) and have stayed in the area, so after 8 years NC feels like home. I’m hoping to eventually recruit some of my family members to move here as well!

Favorite way to be active: I love to walk. In college I got involved with Team in Training and finished 3 half marathons as a proud race walker over the subsequent 5 years. My neighborhood has great trails, and I love early morning walks as a great way to start my day.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? Like many others, it is my health that drives me to make smart behavior choices.  With a degree in public health, I’ve learned how important these behaviors are, even those that are seemingly small or insignificant. It all adds up!

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? That your health is worth it. That this class will help give you the tools to make long-lasting change, if you’re ready for it.

Why do you do what you do? I love talking about nutrition and healthy eating with others. I have had weight issues since childhood, and find that nothing helps more than a supportive group environment. I do my best to foster that safe space in my class, so it is a judgment-free place where we can lift each other up and work through any problems that arise.

How would you describe your teaching style? I try my best to be a group facilitator rather than teacher, allowing us to learn from one another rather than listen to a lecture during each lesson.


Cara Jenkins, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: Husband – Burt and 2 daughters – Avery (6), Caroline (3)

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I am originally from Eden, NC and I currently live in Durham, NC

Favorite way to be active: I love to take walks with my girls and be in the water playing with them.  But my favorite way to exercise is going to Burn Boot Camp.  It is fun, fast-paced, and always a great work-out!

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? I know that in order to be my best self, I need to take care of myself, which means making healthy choices about what I put in my body and how I move my body.  I can be there for my family in the way that they need me if I am taking care of myself.  I also want to set a good example for my daughters to learn what taking care of their body looks like.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? It works!  Give it your best, be honest with yourself about what changes you’d like to make, make YOU a priority…and see what wonderful things can come!

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less: My favorite lesson is the Reduce Portions lesson because it is so eye opening!  My favorite thing about teaching these classes is when participants share their success stories and we all celebrate with them!

How would you describe your teaching style? I have a laid back style but I also pack a lot of information into a little amount of time. 😊 I love to tell stories and hear stories from participants.  And a joke or pun always seem to make it into the lesson.  Laughter is good for the soul!


Julie Kennedy, MPH, MEd, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: Husband DJ and three beautiful children: Abbey (12), Riley (10), and Jackson (7)

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I am originally from Winston-Salem, NC. I moved to Atlanta, GA for 12 years after I graduated from my undergraduate program at UNC and now I’m back in North Carolina living in Holly Springs.

Favorite way to be active: I enjoy running, tennis, hiking, and playing outside with my kids.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? I admire the evidence-based approach used in the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program. All information, advice, and strategies given are always based on well-supported ideas.

Why do you do what you do? Several years ago, my oldest daughter and I were diagnosed with celiac disease. During the diagnosis process and even now living with a chronic autoimmune condition managed through diet, I have learned to value the incredible impact food can have on our lives. Working with people to help improve health outcomes through nutrition and activity helps me combine our firsthand knowledge of managing our disease, my nutrition education, and my passion for helping others!

How would you describe your teaching style? As a former middle school math teacher, I would describe my teaching style as energetic and interactive. After spending years and years trying to hold the attention of 8th graders during math class, I have learned to find creative ways to involve my audience. My goal is to create a learning environment that allows participants to feel comfortable to share their experiences and thoughts as well as grow together as a class.


Amy Saccoccia MPH, RD, LDN, CDE

Family, including pets: I live with my husband and two children.  No pets at this time but our kids ask us on a regular basis for a dog!

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I grew up in northern Minnesota out in the countryside near a lake.

Favorite ways to be active:  I love to walk or ride a bike in our neighborhood parks.

Why do you do what you do? I love to cook and find ways to make dishes healthy and delicious at the same time.  I’ve worked with so many people over the years who have struggled with health issues and felt like they have to give up all their favorite foods.  I like to help people discover healthier food choices that can become their new favorites!

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? I LOVE the fact that this program is broken up into realistic, reasonable and doable steps!

How would you describe your teaching style? I teach in a very interactive way to engage patients participation and assess their readiness for change.


Julia McQueen, MPH, RD, LDN, CNSC

Family, including pets:  Husband Brian and kitten Reese Whiskerspoon

Where are you from originally and where do you live now?  Originally from Asheboro, NC and now live and work in Durham, NC

Favorite way to be active:  Love bootcamp style workouts, yoga, and hiking.  Also walk a couple miles daily as part of my commute and love waking up in the morning by walking.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be?  Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes is here to support you and your individual goals. Like all things in life, you get out of the program what you put into it!

Why do you do what you do?  I get immense satisfaction in working with adults on their healthy lifestyle goals and hearing about their successes and excitement.

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes: When participants help each other and work together to brainstorm solutions to a problem.

How would you describe your teaching style?  Approachable facilitator.


Kim Barrier, MPH, RD, LDN

Family, including pets:  My family includes five people and a dog.  Bob, my husband of 22 years, Nathan, a college sophomore, Katherine, a high school senior and Rebecca a 6th grader.  And our dog, Koda, who is a lab-husky mix.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now?  I am originally from Elkins, WV but have lived in Durham, NC for the past 16 years.

Favorite way to be active:  Until just a couple of years ago my go to for physical activity was running but my joints let me know I needed to change.  So, I have switched to biking, swimming, Pilates and activity to enjoy the outdoors.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more?  A family history of heart disease is a strong motivator for me to eat smart and move more. But now that I have made it a lifestyle choice the feeling of strength it gives me is motivator enough.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? The Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program provides wonderful personalized support to help you achieve your wellness goals.  Change can be challenging but take it one step at a time and be willing to try some new foods and activities.   I encourage you to view and pursue change as an investment in yourself and your future.

How would you describe your teaching style?  I would describe my teaching style as facilitatory.  I impart some diet and fitness facts during class and encourage the class participants to discuss and share their personal experiences.  Therefore, together the class can discover solutions and strategies that work for them in attaining their weight and lifestyle goals.


Rachel Aiken, MPH, RDN, LDN

Family, including pets: 12 week old Golden Retriever named Fitz

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I am originally from Memphis, TN and I currently live in Raleigh, NC.

Favorite way to be active: Yoga and walking my dog

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? I love the way my body and mind feel when I eat smart and move more! I carry less stress and can focus better.

Why do you do what you do? I do what I do because I love supporting others in their journey to a balanced way of eating and moving.

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes: I love when participants get excited about something new they learn. The demonstration about how much sugar is in sugar-sweetened beverages blows minds!

How would you describe your teaching style? Open!


Karen Bean MPH, RD, LDN

Family, including pets: My husband, Tom. 2 kids – Cooper and Sybil both teenagers. 2 ‘adopted’ cats Midnight and Lulu. My daughter has 3 fish and 2 frogs.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I was born and raised in Durham, NC where I currently live.

Favorite way to be active: Playing tennis – my son plays; occasionally we can play doubles with my brothers. Walking – great stress reducer. Yard work – I enjoy being outside (even in the summer heat). We just planted apples that we got at Lowes for $3. I am curious to see if they live and produce any fruit.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? Being healthy. I learned in school there are certain diseases that are preventable and I want to prevent what diseases I can. I want to enjoy life. I want to be realistic and set a positive example for my family.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? Find what works for them and be realistic. Losing weight is ‘hard’ work but has great rewards. Moderation is a key. They need to mindful of all aspects of life – mental, physical, spiritual and social.

Why do you do what you do? I enjoy helping others and seeing participants learn how to make changes that enrich their lives beyond the scale.

How would you describe your teaching style? Motivational Interviewing. Hopefully encouraging participants to find their own ‘way’ to make behavior changes.


Archana Revankar, MBBS, MPH, CHES, CHWC

Family, including pets: I live with my husband and a 4.5 year old daughter Anwita.

Where are you from originally and where do you live now? I am originally from Bangalore, India and I have been in Charlotte North Carolina for 12 years now.

Favorite way to be active: I enjoy brisk walking on treadmill at my home. I do participate at least two half marathons every year and I always run the turkey trot 8 k here in Charlotte. We as a family enjoy walking in the neighborhood greenway.

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? My motivation is to keep myself healthy for my child. I want to be role model for my child. I am a health coach as I want to practice what I preach.

If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes is very educational and provides tips and strategies to adopt healthy lifestyle by helping participants set SMART goals.

Favorite moment teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes: My favorite moment is during check in at the beginning of lesson when participants share their past weeks successes with respect to healthy eating and/or physical activity.

How would you describe your teaching style? I like to make my class interactive, allowing participants to share ideas.


Emily Campbell MPH, RD, LDN, CDE

Family, including pets:  My husband Patrick and our cat Ray Ray McCloud IV

Where are you from originally and where do you live now?  I’m originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and now live in Chicago, Illinois. 

Favorite way to be active:  I love going for walks and runs with family members and friends.  I also enjoy swimming and have recently discovered a love for cycling classes like Fly Wheel.  

What motivates you to eat smart and to move more? I love the way that I feel when I eat smart and move my body. I find that I have more energy and overall am in a better mood.   

Teaching style: I would describe my teaching style as an approachable facilitator and try to make class as interactive as possible! I believe that everyone has unique ideas and thoughts to contribute with regards to eating healthy and moving more and work to create an environment in which everyone feels comfortable sharing their ideas.   

 If you could tell participants one thing about the program, what would it be? This program is designed to help you make lifelong, sustainable changes to help you live a healthier life.  It allows you to form your own goals and provides you with the resources and tools needed to implement those goals!