Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin is a highly sought after women’s health expert, lifestyle strategist, and respected author, blogger and thought leader in the wellness realm with a remarkable professional journey fueled by personal challenges and triumphs.
A native of the Englewood community on Chicago’s South Side, Dr. Nina was raised in a family plagued by poverty and poor health. Her mother was morbidly obese and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in her early 40s, her grandmother, who was also obese, succumbed to the second of two strokes just shy of her 60th birthday, and she witnessed over a dozen other family members die prematurely from preventable diseases ranging from high blood pressure to heart disease to cancer.
Dr. Nina too struggled with obesity, leading a lifestyle of physical inactivity and poor nutrition, which 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. Motivated by the debilitating health issues her mother had begun to face, Dr. Nina 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 and profession.
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’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Science after which she launched her own health and wellness consulting company and ultimately earned her Doctorate in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation.
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).
A diehard advocate for women’s health, Dr. Nina firmly believes that a healthy woman is the core of a healthy family.
For over 15 years, she’s been building innovative preventive, promotional and rehabilitative programs that improve health outcomes and quality of life among women from all walks of life. As a highly sought after consultant and speaker, Dr. Nina also regularly conducts health and wellness-related courses, seminars and lectures for audiences in academic, business and community settings.
Her authorships include over two dozen scientific manuscripts, abstracts and scholarly book chapters, a consumer-friendly book focused on healthy living and weight management titled “Leaving Your Fat Behind”, and nearly 900 expert articles and blogs, how-to videos and educational podcasts. As an avid athlete, wife and mother, she prides herself on offering practical and affordable solutions that make it easier for women to put their health first.
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 beautiful, she’s a self-proclaimed lover of food, fashion, and furniture.