- Kerry Barbera, RDN, LDN
- Hometown: Peabody, Massachusetts
- High school: Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
- BS in Dietetics, University of Alabama –Roll Tide!
- Registered Dietitian since 2016
- Certificate in Obesity Interventions for Adults
- Certificate of training in Integrative and Functional Medicine
- Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
I was always the chubby kid in school and my nickname in high school was Chubba. Everyone thought it was funny except me. No one saw how self-conscience I was about my weight. I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I have tried many fad diets out there and have been successful for the short term but the weight always came back. I finally realized when I went back to school to become a dietitian that fad diets and yo-yo dieting do not work. You must make sustainable life style changes to be successful. I began my journey in to this profession after learning how a healthier diet would improve my life after surgery. Given a second chance, I wanted to make the best of it. I changed my lifestyle and began eating a healthier diet and became an avid runner to improve my health. Not long after my health scare, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I was beside her every step of the way and made the connection of how nutrition can have a positive effect on disease outcome and how this impacted my mom throughout her cancer treatments. I was determined to learn more about the impact one’s diet has on their health and wellbeing by becoming a dietitian. I returned to school and obtained my BS in human nutrition, completed a dietetic internship and passed the exam necessary to become a licensed registered dietitian.
I have a great enthusiasm for well-balanced nutrition; a passion for understanding both the role exercise and the role food plays in our improving our overall health. My role as a registered dietitian coupled with my background in physical therapy has allowed my to educate others in the importance of nutrition and adopting a lifestyle that will allow them to live longer and healthier lives. I have worked with empowering our youth as a head coach at girls on the run and teaching nutrition to third to sixth graders as part of a youth program to instill healthy habits in our young.
My experience with counseling people for weight loss has taught me that weight loss is individualized and not one plan works for everyone, that if you do not address the reasons one gained the weight in the first place you are more likely gain the weight back. That losing weight and more importantly maintaining your weight loss stems from lifestyle and behavioral changes and not fad diets. Losing weight and maintaining weight loss is hard and requires commitment and support. I am honored to be part of the Lifexcel team that helps others to achieve their goals.