Sara N. Bartels, RD, CDN, MAPP

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I love the uniqueness of people. When I think about how many different human beings have lived, worked, loved, and parented throughout time, I am amazed. There have been so many unique points of view, different skills, and wisdoms that have shaped and progressed the world. My goal is to help people understand and develop their unique approach to growing in health.

My formal education and life’s experience has helped me develop skills to support people in their journey to achieve overall well-being. As a registered dietitian who has completed her masters in applied positive psychology (the science of mental well-being) at the University of Pennsylvania under the founder of the field, Dr. Martin Seligman, I have made it my goal to be a continual student of positive health behavior change. With eight years of research experience in nutrition education, my current research and work is based on combining the scholastic fields of positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, education, dietetics, and food science. My wellness-consulting approach aims to build on the areas in which people are already doing well and helps to develop skills in areas that need support by drawing on an individual's character strengths, learning style, and individual social and lifestyle differences. My goal is to help people thrive by supporting both physical and mental well-being.

  1. The words that you choose to use in life are extremely important. In creating health goals, use words like start, continue, support, increase, enhance, and develop the majority of the time. Avoid making goals that use the terms stop, decrease, avoid, dodge, and prevent.
  2. Eat 1/2 cup of beans per day. Consuming beans is of great benefit to your physical well-being. As a great source of fiber, protein, and complex carbs, they are the universal food for all eating patterns. They keep you feeling satisfied and help to support a healthy digestive system. If you have an issue with the result of eating beans, please contact me for information on the “bean escalation project.”
  3. Read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. A very powerful book, whether it would be for you, your family, or your employees. Think about applying a Growth Mindset to your health.

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