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Our team

The reimagined KidShape program was created by the original KidShape curriculum development team.  This team has a combined 100+ years of experience developing and implementing engaging interactive and fun wellness programs for families.  As more kids are staying inside and screen time is increasing, this team has created a new solution to help build healthy families in a virtual environment using the research-backed tools and resources.

Beth Braun, PhD

Dr. Beth Braun is a wellness expert, specializing in food addiction, nutrition, diabetes education and behavior modification, for over 25 years.  Dr. Braun received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1998 from the Chicago School of Psychology and is certified in biofeedback and behavioral medicine.  In her private practice Dr. Braun works with children, adults, families and groups.    She works closely with her patients creating individual lifestyle plans and goals for increased exercise, intuitive eating and stress and anxiety management. Dr. Braun has led the behavior modification component for KidShape since the program started and developed curriculum to help fight type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.  Dr. Braun has spoken internationally on emotional eating and has be included in media such as Newsweek magazine, 20/20 and Oprah. Dr. Braun practices wellness by getting out in nature to kayak and hike regularly and plans trips where she can do both.   She meditates daily and does virtual workout classes on weekdays. 

Christiane Rivard, MPH, RDN

Christiane Rivard has over 24 years of experience developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating weight management and wellness programs targeting youth, adults and families from diverse backgrounds.  She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA. Christiane helped grow KidShape from a single location in Los Angeles to over 30 locations in Southern California and multiple locations in 10 different states.   She continues to support out-of-state KidShape licensees through online training and as a subject matter expert.  As a mom of two video-game loving boys, Christiane knows the challenges of encouraging a healthy family lifestyle in a digital dominated world.   When not focused on KidShape, Christiane consults with large organizations on supporting employee well-being.  Christiane practices wellness by spending time with family and friends, running, gardening and cooking.

Rana Parker, MPH, RDN

Rana Parker is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN); she holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Foods and Nutrition from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her dietetic internship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she also served for five years post-graduation and worked in diabetes education and clinical care.   She began working with KidShape with the goal to prevent diet-related diseases in adulthood she saw while working at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has taught community college nutrition courses, and she managed a large Head Start nutrition program, where she co-founded an employee wellness program.  When she isn’t teaching KidShape, Rana is focused on advancing employee health with the City of Los Angeles. Rana practices wellness by starting the day with yoga and meditation, and by spending time outdoors hiking, running, gardening.

Shannon Martin, MPH, RDN

Shannon Duffy Martín has made healthy eating her passion for most of her life. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Nutritional Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA. Shannon combined her love of nutrition and education in the first version of KidShape during the late 1990s.  She worked with women to implement dietary changes for the Women’s Health Initiative, a ground-breaking national study for women’s health. She has worked as a nutrition and healthy lifestyle educator for over 24 years, teaching and facilitating groups, counseling individuals, and working as a wellness coach. All with the goal of combining healthy eating for improved overall health. Shannon is a mom of three teenage girls, and with her family practices wellness by spending time outside hiking, biking and at the beach. Shannon enjoys trying new recipes and preparing healthy foods. Last year, Shannon completed the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through the T.Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Shannon returns to KidShape with the goal of helping families achieve healthy lifestyles.

 

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