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Kay Pratt PictureKay has studied nutrition since 1975. She received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s from Ohio State University both in the field of Nutrition Science. She became a registered dietitian in 1983 and began her career at UNC hospital as the nutrition support dietitian working with patient’s who were unable to eat by mouth. For the past 25 years Kay has worked in hospitals, home care, and corporate wellness and has taught at both undergraduate and graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University.

Essential Nutrition works with adults, children, teens and families. We believe that food and eating are important parts of our lives and should be enjoyed but should not generally rule or control us. For most people, healthy eating can be flexible.

Kay is the mother of two college age girls and enjoys an active lifestyle. She loves to be in or on the water and regularly swims with a master’s group. She also has done plenty of boogie boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, white water rafting or canoeing and once even lived on a sailboat in the Caribbean. She also runs and bikes in order to train for a couple annual sprint triathlons. Kay also plays volleyball on a neighborhood sand court. Vacations often include hiking with her husband, two teenage daughters and dog. They have backpacked in the Appalachians, Rocky Mountains, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and White Mountains as well as many local trails.

Staying healthy and active throughout life is important to Kay. She wants to be able to see her children grow, graduate from college, marry, and have children. “It’s not that I want to live forever, but as long as I am alive, I want to be able to be mobile, active and independent.” Through teaching people about good nutrition, Kay hopes to help others to achieve some of these same goals.

Kay wants to help people transform their lives through natural means by eating and exercising in a moderate healthful way.

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