Meet Heather Borders, Registered Dietician and Owner of Kailo Nutrition
With a background in engineering and business, what motivated you to go back to school and change careers to become a Registered Dietitian? My husband’s cholesterol! It was always very high but several years ago, his total cholesterol finally reached 311 and his triglycerides were 305. He didn’t want to take medicine, so we changed our diet. His numbers plummeted, revealing how diet can prevent and even reverse conditions that are thought to be primarily due to our genetics, or even fate.
What services does Kailo Nutrition provide? Kailo Nutrition offers a wide array of nutrition and culinary programs that are engaging and interactive, demonstrating how to make healthy food taste great. As a Registered Dietitian, I offer traditional nutrition counseling for common health issues and weight management. Guided tours of grocery stores, farmers markets, and monthly meal/recipe planning services round out other services clients find helpful as they continue on their health journey. Partnered with Chef Lisa Franzino, we also offer culinary wellness classes with cooking demonstrations that anyone can do any day of the week. End with a meal tasting of the dishes prepared during the class, exploring new flavors and foods that will move everyone closer to their individual health goals.
What exciting events does Kailo Nutrition have scheduled for the spring? Spring is already very busy and we are excited to launch some new culinary wellness programs. Our next culinary wellness class will be the Northeast Florida Plant-Based Culinary Nutrition Course held at High Tide Yoga at Jacksonville Beach every Monday in March!
We are thrilled to launch our Culinary Wellness for Health & Performance Women’s Retreat at the exclusive Stafford House Residence on Cumberland Island to be held May 4-7, 2017. This women’s retreat is an opportunity to relax with island yoga, participate in chef-led culinary workshops, and learn how to fuel your body for optimal health and performance. Disconnect and enjoy delicious, local cuisine over this four-day, three-night island adventure while staying in this exclusive, private residence. The deadline to register is March 17 and attendance is limited to 10 people. Visit www.facebook.com/KailoNutrition/ for more information.
Why is there a need for your services? There is a high prevalence of chronic disease, cancer, and obesity in America, and through a healthier diet and lifestyle changes, these conditions can be prevented, managed or even reversed without medications. Many people are initially hesitant to experiment in the kitchen, but become incredibly creative and adventurous once given the basic tools and know-how. Kailo Nutrition’s mission is to Make Healthy Happen.
How has the SBDC helped you in starting your business? Cathy has been instrumental in helping me focus on the most pressing needs of starting a business. There are many exciting opportunities and she has helped me choose which ones are best to pursue and which ones are best to table for the moment. The SBDC has connected me with a variety of resources to help my company grow and ensure continued success.