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Becky Salas, RDN, CPT, MS, MA

Registered Dietitian
Briargate YMCA

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • (AND-formerly ADA) since 1995
  • CPT through the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
  • Sport Nutrition Specialist through NCSF
  • MS in Nutritional Science
  • MA in Counseling
  • BS in Guidance and Counseling
  • Certified Water Fitness Instructor through AEA
  • Current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Oxygen Admin., and First Aid
  • Currently working on a Weight Management Certificate through the AND

Areas I Specialize In:

  • Nutrition Counseling and Public Speaking covering a wide variety of nutrition and diet related topics, including heart disease, diabetes, weight loss, eating disorders, sports nutrition, cancer, aging, anti-inflammatory diets, and just healthy eating in general.
  • I have over 20 years’ experience working with people in the pool; via fitness classes, small groups, and one-on-one training. As a trainer and water exercise instructor, I enjoy working with those who want to stay active and fit, and who may be dealing and managing various autoimmune diseases.
  • I also have over 20 years personal experience working with diabetes and insulin pump therapy; as well as, various other autoimmune diseases.

My Training Philosophy:

  • I believe my primary objective, as an RDN and a CPT, is to educate. My goal is to help my clients and patients learn to make wise and appropriate food/diet choices for themselves and to help them find activities and exercises they enjoy to stay healthy and fit. I do not believe one diet or workout plan fits all, even though there are basic guidelines that do apply to all. If I can teach and motivate my clients and patients to eat sensibly (most of the time), keep moving with activities they enjoy, and obtain and maintain health throughout their lifetime; I’ve done my job well.

Interests and Achievements:

  • Several years ago I authored the nutrition chapter in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Physical Fitness Manual. I’ve also written several short nutrition articles both for the Y and a local church’s newsletters.
  • I faithfully walk my two golden retrievers daily. I love times of laughter with my husband and daughter, as well as time with friends. I enjoy cooking delicious and nutritious meals, when I have time. I also enjoy time alone with a good book.
Becky Salas
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