Meet Kelli Worley-Hendren, MS, RDN, LD, owner of Nutrition Solutions
Why do I love what I do?
I love helping people achieve their health goals and become free from dieting and emotional eating. As they do this, I see their health, confidence, and overall lives improve. I am passionate about what I do because I know many people struggle with their weight and experience great physical and emotional pain. I know they can succeed by re-learning how to eat for their bodies and using the right tools. Ultimately, I want everyone to worry about food less…to free up their money, energy, and mind so they can focus on things that really matter! Doing that will enable them to live their lives to the fullest, be at peace with themselves, and be the person that God intends them to be.
Why did I choose this career?
While growing up I was in ballet and ran cross country and track. Early on I learned the connection between what I ate and how I performed. When I was a freshman in high school I took a career test. It was then that I first heard of dietetics. I wrote a letter to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (that was pre-email and internet) to find out how to become a dietitian. The rest is history! I knew I had found my future career. I started out working in hospitals, writing menus, and consulting for long-term care facilities, but wellness and weight management have always been my passion. Nutrition Solutions melds my love of nutrition with my desire for a flexible and family-friendly career. I started Nutrition Solutions in 2004, by visiting clients in their homes or businesses. Today I meet my clients in my office and have expanded to grocery store tours, classes, and speeches.
Who are my *Star Clients*?
I work best with adults who are “stuck” in their weight loss efforts. Their strongest desires are to be healthy, live long lives free of diseases, have more energy, and most importantly be free from compulsive eating. They are parents and spouses whose first priority is their families. By now they realize that diets don’t work in the long run and they are tired of working hard without seeing the results they desire. They are looking for long-term, permanent results, yet they don’t know where to turn. People who have tried it all and are ready to make behavior changes, are my most successful clients. If you agree with the following statements, then you may be my next *Star Client*:
- I realize that weight loss takes time and I am ready to be patient with the process. It took me years to put this weight on and I accept it won’t come off in a just a few months.
- I am persistent.
- I am positive and excited about making lifestyle changes.
- I am open-minded to experimenting and trying new things.
- I want to be healthy and so I can be my best self–not just to look better in my clothes.
What else do I like to do?
When I’m not immersed in nutrition, I am with my 5 daughters, 3 step-children, and husband. My first husband passed away from cancer in 2020. My family is my motivation every day to take care of myself. I also like to walk/run, garden, spend time outside, do family history, and bake. If I can ever find a spare moment, I love to read and craft.
Education and Certification
- Level 2 Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management
- Licensed Dietitian
- Registered Dietitian
- MS in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition Emphasis from Lamar University
- BS in Dietetics from Brigham Young University
Memberships and Affiliations
- Associate Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Member of Weight Management Practice Group
- Member of Nutrition Entrepreneurs
I see clients virtually anywhere in the US. My colleagues and I also see clients in person and have two locations to choose from:
- 1803A East Three Notch St, Andalusia, AL 36421
- 990 Interstate 10-N, Suite 117, Beaumont, TX 77702
What is an RD?
A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met criteria to earn the “RD” credential including: completing a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and science-based course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association); followed by an internship or accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a food-service corporation, passing a national examination; and the completion of professional educational requirements annually to maintain registration.