Kids Heart Felt Health is fortunate to have a "team"
of healthy-minded individuals who share a common passion to help children live in a more heart-felt, healthy way. We have
had more than a hundred individuals from all walks of life, including nutritionists, registered dietician students, chefs, fitness experts, food psychlogists, high school students, adults, and parents, who have generously donated their time and talents to our organization in order to realize
our vision of helping children establish life-long health lifestyle habits, and to live in a more heart-felt way. All
of our volunteers, including our executives and board members, currently work on a pro-bono basis in order to offer the Kids
Heart Felt program to the public, as well as to other nonprofit organizations.
Claudine Lovitt is an attorney who is admitted to practice law in the states of New York,
Connecticut, and Ohio. She graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Philosophy and German.
She has also studied extensively abroad at universities in England, Austria, and Germany. Claudine
last practiced corporate and securities law with Baker Hostetler, a multi-practice top tier law firm headquartered in Cleveland,
Ohio. After moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2001, Claudine suspended her practice of law in
order to devote all of her time to raising her three children.
founded Kids Heart Felt Health with the intention of sharing what she has learned as the mother of a Type 1 diabetic
child. Through daily management of her child's Type 1 diabetes, Claudine has learned first-hand how food and physical
fitness directly impact a child's health and school performance. Claudine has also realized that there is a great need
to continue to raise awareness and empathy for individuals who suffer from medical conditions and standard of living situations
that are out of their control. For Claudine, living with diabetes is not just an affliction, but represents an opportunity
to help all children live in a healthier way.
Claudine is also the founder of Charlotte Junior Tennis Inc., which has
been running innovative junior tennis programs, including community outreach tennis camps and clinics, since 2008.
It was through running Charlotte Junior Tennis that Claudine learned how to create and implement programs dedicated
to instilling healthy living habits and core character values in children. www.charlottejuniortennis.com
Angela Gallo is the president and founder of
Total Nutrition Technology, Inc. (TNT), which owns and operates 10 wellness centers throughout the Charlotte area, as well
as one in Asheville. Angela has operated TNT since 1993 and now licenses her proprietary program to health
professionals throughout the country. After personally struggling with bulimia, an eating disorder, Angela
decided to dedicate her life to helping others improve their self-esteem by counseling them on the importance of proper nutrition
and diet to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Angela’s company was selected to participate in CNN’s health makeover program
called “Mission Motivate.” Angela is also a spokesperson for the “Got Milk?” campaign.
In 2007, Angela was nominated for “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inc.com magazine and in 2008, she was named
a Mover & Shaker by Business Leader magazine. Angela also appears regularly on the Charlotte Today
show as a nutrition expert. Since she founded her company, Angela has helped thousands
of people achieve their personal goals, from professional athletes wanting to improve their sports performance, to individuals
desiring to manage their weight, to individuals who want to live a healthy lifestyles, and look and feel better about themselves.
Pamela Moody is a health and wellness coach. She owns and operates
ProActive Wellness. She is also a Director and Independent Affiliate Member of Trivita Inc.
Pam has been studying nutrition, including the impact of diet on controlling and preventing medical conditions, for
over 25 years. Pam first became interested in nutrition when her husband was unexpectedly diagnosed with
adult-onset Type 1 diabetes over two decades ago, in her personal quest to try to “cure” him through exploring
the effects of diet on human health.
Kids Heart Felt Health is fortunate to have some superior chefs who have contributed their
talents to our program.
Johnston & Wales Culinary Institute student chefs
We are pleased to announce that student chefs at the prestigious
Johnston & Wales Culinary Institute, and members of the school's Nutrition Society, are helping
Kids HEART Felt Health with teaching kids how to prepare their favorite foods in a healthy way. We are excited and grateful
for their expertise and enthusiam. The children truly look up to them and enjoy interacting with them at our sessions.
|President of Nutrition Society at Johston & Wales Culinary
Institute making Quinoa Fruit Salad |
REGISTERED DIETICIAN AND COMMUNITY
Kids Heart Felt Health has many registered dietician
students from both Winthrop University and East Carolina State University helping us with our program. We also have a Community
Health graduate student assisting us with doing research on children's health and nutrition. We are very grateful for the
expertise and enthusiasm that these individuals bring to our program.
As we believe it is important for children of all ages to establish a
healthy relationship with food (so that food is viewed as a "friend", rather than a "foe"), we are fortunate
to have the expertise of Kristin Grasso, a food pyschologist. Kristin will offer parents helpful information that they
can use to help their children establish a lifelong healthy relationship with food.
Dr. Grasso is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina and Maryland. She received her
doctorate from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology and completed her internship at West Virginia University-Charleston
Area Medical Center. During this time she completed research specific to body image disturbance. She also received training
in multiple areas of health psychology including primary care, psycho-oncology, and behavioral medicine. After completing
a two-year fellowship at the nationally respected Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, she was offered an opportunity
to continue working there as an outpatient clinician and liaison to area colleges. She remained in this position until relocating
to North Carolina and joining Psychological Services of Charlotte.
Beyond specializing in women’s health and the treatment of eating disorders, she has extensive experience in the treatment of other
mental health concerns, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, adjustment to
physical and medical diagnoses, life transition concerns, perfectionism, family and relationship concerns, grief and loss,
and personal growth. Dr. Grasso has conducted numerous training seminars and provided educational
For more information about Kristin Grasso and the services that she offers, see www.psychologicalservicesofcharlotte.com.
We have a large number of high school students
from 9 different high schools in the area leading our cooking and nutrition classes, as well as at our tennis clinics.
They teach our nutrition lessons, give tennis instruction, lead our cooking demonstrations, and organize and judge our "contests."
Our high school volunteers interact very well with the children in our program, while learning life-long lessons themselves
in the process.