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Jelena Skopinceva, MS, RDN, LDN
I am a registered dietitian with a masters of science degree in nutrition education from Montclair State University, I've got my bachelor of science degree in dietetics from the same school. I've completed my dietetic internship with concentration in Leadership and Project Management, with Illinois State University. My mission is to pass on the wisdom from my academics, professional, and personal experiences to help others lead a healthy and enjoyable life. I have extensive experience in counseling overweight adults and children and helping them to improve their lifestyle. What makes me unique in this field is my own personal battle. Obesity is a long standing problem in my family. My journey began when at fifteen years old, one of my friends told me that I was getting fat. This one comment was the springboard into the beginning of my learning journey. I bought one of my first diet books and joined my first step-aerobic class. Back then, I have tried a lot of diets and I have learned one fact for sure, diet alone does not work, improving and changing your lifestyle does. Nutrition is my calling and fitness is my passion.
I am a personal trainer certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, for a number of years. In addition to my personal trainer’s certification, I also have earned a few other certifications. The certifications such as training a young adult, middle-aged and older clientele, cancer patients, and diabetes patients. Exercise, as you know, is a big part of a healthy lifestyle at any age, or any stage in life. I believe that all fitness programs should be based on the individual's abilities and preferences. As the research by National Cancer Institute shows, Nutrition and Exercise are known as preventive measures against certain types of cancer and they are considered vital when it comes to recovery. I am also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an active member of the Diabetes DPG (Dietetic Practice Group) and Sports and Human Performance Nutrition (SCAN) DPG.
Health and Nutrition Risk Assessment with in depth nutrition analysis and body composition testing for individual strategies are provided. One-on-one counseling and coaching will help clients to improve their diet, understand their relationship with food and reach a peaceful place. A balanced individual program is created exclusively for each person. It includes a nutrition prescription, bi-weekly counseling sessions and exercise plan. A comprehensive, natural, and lasting lifestyle change for weight management will improve your quality of life. I understand that everyone’s food preferences and needs are different, for so many reasons, that is why we are not here to change them, but we want to start with making some slight improvements. Our goal here is not to restrict food or begin a strict diet, but to make some adjustments and learn how to make healthier choices. With all the stress in everyone’s life, eating should never be one of them.
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