My name is Kayla Slater and I am a Registered Dietitian, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, marathon runner, fitness fanatic, inspiring entrepreneur, and lifestyle coach. I am a small town girl from Central NY now living in the Western PA.
Since I was a young girl, I always knew I wanted to make a difference in this world. I enjoyed volunteering and spent more time helping others than myself. But at the time, I did not know how.
After graduating high school, I received and accepted a scholarship to Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. I enrolled as an English major, became a member of many student organizations, a sorority, and cross country. But even though I was making friends and a life for myself away from home, I felt lost and unsure of where my future was going.
At the time, more people were becoming aware of nutrition and health. I realized how important health was to me. Growing up, no matter how busy we were with sports and extracurricular activities, my mother always made a home-cooked dinner. I adapted a healthier eating style than many of my friends. Except one of my good friends who lost weight by adapting a lifestyle similar to mine. At the time, I didn’t know why I adapted a healthier lifestyle at a young age, but as I grew older and I was affected by loved ones passing away from cancer, I realized that taking care of myself was important.
In the media, obesity was becoming an epidemic. Adults and children were overweight, obese, and developing type 2 diabetes. Cancer, Diabetes, and chronic diseases were negatively affecting many people’s lives and families. So I wondered, how can they be prevented? Was it as easy as eating a healthy diet and exercise?
I wanted to learn more about the role that nutrition and physical activity had on taking care of our bodies and what could be done to help prevent these diseases. By becoming a Registered Dietitian, I would have the opportunity to do just that.
In Spring of 2011, I enrolled in SUNY Oneonta’s Didactic Dietetics program and continued on in SUNY Oneonta’s Nutrition/Dietetics MS-DI program. After graduating with my MS and passing the exam to become a Registered Dietitian, I have worked in community (WIC and SNAP-Ed) and clinical settings. I have a passion for public health and working with the community to provide a healthier environment for kids and families. As well as helping people to begin living a healthier lifestyle to achieve happiness and health.