Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin is a highly sought after and respected researcher, consultant, and motivational speaker in the self-care realm with a remarkable professional journey fueled by personal challenges and triumphs.
A native of the Englewood community located on Chicago’s South Side, she was raised in a large family plagued by poverty and poor health.
As a young teen, she watched her mother suffer through a debilitating work-related injury that led to permanent joint damage, excess weight gain, and eventually a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, all before the age of 45. Her maternal grandmother succumbed to the second of two strokes just shy of her 60th birthday. She also witnessed over a dozen other family members die prematurely from preventable diseases ranging from high blood pressure to heart disease to cancer.
In the midst of it all, she lost her home and everything she owned to a fire.
Living in a nearly constant state of stress, Dr. Nina personally struggled with food addiction that lead to weight gain and eventually obesity. This could have easily caused serious health problems in the future but she was determined not to suffer the same fate as her many loved ones. She distanced herself from family and peer influences and had the wherewithal to affect real change by embracing healthier habits that would become her life’s passion, purpose, and profession.
Leaving Englewood as a first-generation college student, Dr. Nina eagerly initiated an academic career with lofty ambitions of changing people’s lives in healthy ways.
She completed Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in Kinesiology and Movement (Exercise) Science after which she launched her own health and wellness consulting company, and, ultimately, earned a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation for which she largely examined the impact of various lifestyle interventions on cardiovascular risk factors among obese women.
In addition to her academic degrees, Dr. Nina is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and Certified Group Exercise Instructor (GEI) credentialed through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a Licensed and Board Certified Massage Therapist credentialed through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Specializing in prescriptive exercise, nutrition and weight management, for over 15 years she’s been building successful and sustainable interventions that improve health, fitness and rehabilitative outcomes among people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Through her high-touch coaching and training services, Dr. Nina has helped hundreds of people navigate through the maze of health gimmicks, fitness fads and mainstream quackery, equipping them with the practical tools they need to live happier, healthier, more productive lives. She regularly conducts lectures, seminars and workshops to facilitate ongoing self-care education and peer-to-peer social support.
Dr. Nina’s work has been published in over two dozen scholarly manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, and nearly 900 expert articles and blogs across multiple media outlets. She is also the author of Leaving Your Fat Behind, an empowering self-help book for women that’s specifically focused on healthy living strategies for long-term weight management.
A diehard advocate for women’s health, Dr. Nina firmly believes the health and happiness of any family begins and ends with the woman, whether she’s a wife or partner, mother or caregiver. As an avid athlete, wife and mother, she leads by example, inspiring, empowering and motivating all women to get fit, live well and be fabulous in their own unique way.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Dr. Nina enjoys spending quality time with family, hosting dinners and parties, cultural festivals and events, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors through running, hiking and biking. Appreciative of all things tasty and beautiful, she’s a self-proclaimed lover of food, fashion, and furniture.