ANDREA SEREDA, MSW, RSW, CPT, CNC
Founder and coach
Andrea Sereda is a behavioural health coach, nutrition coach, group fitness instructor, and personal trainer known for her fun and engaging ways to get people eating better and moving more. After a life long battle with obesity, Andrea shifted her work to behavioural health coaching and fitness training. Andrea has developed an approach to weight management and health improvement that is sustainable and attainable, helping countless clients improve their health and surpass their goals through nutrition, movement, and mindset coaching. Andrea believes that small steps add up to big results, and that the key to long term health is discovering a lifestyle you love that includes eating lots of plants and moving your body. She models this for her clients everyday emphasizing a focus on health, quality of life and, how we feel over chasing a particular number.
Andrea holds a Master of Social Work degree and is certified through World Obesity in the Strategic Care for Obesity Professional Education, the only internationally-recognized certification in obesity management. She is a professional member of Obesity Canada, a Certified Nutrition Coach and Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Fitness Instructor Specialist through CanFitPro. A life long learner, she is currently studying for her Corrective Exercise Specialist designation.
Andrea has been featured in digital and print magazines such as Forks Over Knives, Impact Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and has appeared multiple times on Global Television. Her writing on the subject of health has been published through multiple editorials. Most recently she has released a cookbook, Sprouts in the Kitchen: Plant Powered Family Favourites. She loves the opportunity to share her experience, knowledge and passion through presentations and speaking engagements.
Connect with Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
MY HEALTH JOURNEY
"After my youngest child was born, my weight had peaked at over 300 pounds, I had type two diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and my mobility had gotten so bad it was difficult to move some days. I had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism years before and struggled with obesity since childhood. I had tried everything it seemed: points counting, meetings, fad diets, a personal trainer, hypnosis...the list goes on and on. At one point I had a doctor tell me that maybe this was just the way it was and to accept it. The trouble was my health (or lack thereof) was impacting my ability to live my fullest life.
In 2015, I was invited to appear on television and when I caught sight of myself on the monitor as we went live, the wind was knocked out of me. I didn't recognize myself. I knew what my clothing size was, I had just bought a new outfit for the appearance, but in my mind that is not how I pictured myself. I had four young children and progressive obesity related conditions. Something needed to shift. As a social worker I knew about the possibility of change (even though I had tried so many things before) and so, with some research, my professional knowledge, my experience as a certified fitness instructor, and some tenacity, I started to make small, sustainable changes. Two years later I had lost over half of my body weight and now maintain that loss. I now blend my personal experience and professional skills to support others along their health journeys."