Our Food Philosophy
At the YMCA of Middle Tennessee our food philosophy is simple: we believe that food should be stress-free, nutrient-rich and enjoyable. We encourage healthy eating by focusing on a variety of whole-foods and beverages to fuel your body to be its best, and we recognize that healthy eating looks different for everyone. We promote a well-balanced diet, an active lifestyle and positive mindset as the keys to disease prevention and healthy living. At the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, we believe that everyone has the opportunity to make healthier eating a reality, and our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can help you start healthier eating habits to fit your individual lifestyle and needs.
Meet our Registered Dietitians
Jen completed her undergraduate work and dietetic internship with an emphasis on Medical Nutrition Therapy at Lipscomb University. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN). She has specialized experience working with cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, oncology nutrition, pediatric, adolescent, and adult weight management, and bariatric nutrition. Within the YMCA, she works with the After Breast Cancer Program, provides group nutrition classes, offers cooking classes and demonstrations, and provides individualized nutrition counseling.
Lindsey is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Weight Management expert. She graduated from the Dietetic Internship program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and, prior to this, earned her B.S. in Human Ecology from The University of Tennessee. Lindsey also works as a consultant for companies in the food and beverage industry, appearing on Nashville's Talk of the Town, HealthDay Living, Food & Nutrition Magazine and Greatist.
Christy graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a BS in Human Ecology, and then completed culinary school. She moved to Sarasota, Fla., and began her career as a Nutrition Educator and later, a Public Health Nutritionist for the Women, Infants and Children program. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor. Always hungry for knowledge, she graduated from the Florida Department of Health Dietetic Internship to fulfill her dream of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Her passion is not only to educate clients with nutrition science, but also to help them apply it to their daily lives in order to feel their best.
Lizzie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN). She graduated from the Dietetic Internship program at Lipscomb University, and prior to this, earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Belmont University. She has a passion for educating clients about nutrition to help further enrich their lives and assist them in meeting their health goals.
Visit our Nutrition Counseling page to find out more about how the Y can help you achieve your nutrition and wellness goals.