Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Katina Kennedy, EdD, APRN, FNPc.
Good health is the foundation of life. Dr. Katina Kennedy, Family Nurse Practitioner, T.V. and Radio Health Expert, Author, Health Educator, Fitness Advocate, and Founder of Teen, Women, and Men Health Parties and Founder of the #knowyourhealthstatus movement started her career in 2003 and has never wavered in her effort to teach people about good health. Energetic, compassionate and caring, are just a few words that describe, Dr. Katina. She has continued to build an adept career within the medical industry through strong community ties and her ability to speak and reach people in a unique way. Dr. Katina began her journey studying nursing at Florida A&M University and then went on to complete her masters’ degree in nursing at Florida Atlantic University and her doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Phoenix. “My purpose in life is to educate others about having a healthy mind, body, and lifestyle so they can live a high quality of life, mentally and physically,” says Dr. Katina.
Dr. Katina grew up in an inner city in which she overcame the norm of being a high school dropout. She was determined and focused to excel in education. Dr. Katina wanted to make it to college! After the death of her grandfather who suffered a stroke, she was determined to obtain the necessary skills of helping others by becoming a nurse practitioner. This desire and passion led her to launch her non-profit organization, the All About Healthy Living Foundation, which caters to the health needs of people within the African-American community. According to Dr. Katina, “I started this foundation to serve as a resource and guide for our community in regards to promoting health awareness and education.” The foundation has a mission to promote, inspire and educate people on healthy living for a better quality of life. Since its inception, she’s awarded several book scholarships to deserving high school students who seek a career in the healthcare field.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been an easy road for Dr. Katina, after a terrible car accident she suffered from back spasms, nerve pain, depression, and PTSD. She did not think she would get back to her prior fitness level. She almost died with her son in the back seat, her life flashed before her eyes. She was a pillar of wellness and one head-on collision could have taken her out. She lost feeling in her back and it took months to get back to normal. She was seeing patients in pain. Leaving the office in tears as she fought through the feeling of being powerless. There was a moment where she thought she would never get back to normalcy until her husband gave her an ultimatum and that was the moment it clicked. She could have let it ruin her. However, with her dedication and determination, she was able to work through the spasms by stretching and maintaining a consistent exercise regimen.
All About Healthy Living Foundation Inc. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Dr. Katina is currently a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) that practices primary care medicine, teen and women’s health. She is an advocate for getting and staying physically fit and for managing and treating chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and much more. She’s joined by people in her community when she instructs multiple exercise classes and hosts Teen, Women, and Men Health Parties in order to build awareness and encourage a healthier lifestyle.
In 2015, Dr. Katina’s life took a dramatic turn. She received the high distinction of one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business and Industry. That was the moment she knew her life’s purpose was greater than serving people behind the four walls of her office. She took her love and passion for health, medicine, fitness and wellness and embarked upon a social media campaign to get people healthy and fit. She started to upload videos discussing various topics such as chronic illnesses, high blood pressure, women’s health, and various wellness issues. Some of her most controversial topics are focused on sex-related content such as vaginal dryness, masturbation, and bacterial vaginosis. There is no topic she won’t tackle. She launched her popular, “Let’s Talk Sex: Wednesday’s” on Facebook and has garnered over a million views.
She has a passion to teach and educate about healthy sexual lifestyles. In 2016, Dr. Katina released her first book, Let’s Talk Sex & STDs: A Guide to Prepare Parents for the Talk and Student Edition. This book started a very important dialogue around sex and sexual health for all age groups. The Let’s Talk Sex & STDs series is here to assist in parental and student readiness; to assure all information passed on is correct and consistent with that of medical professionals. This guide breaks down sex and STDs in a way that anyone can understand. Dr. Katina has created this self-help medical advisory guidebook so that when it is time to educate and inform your children of sex, it’s done skillfully.
In 2018, she launched her online Master Class series to educate women about health, wellness, and sex. Dr. Katina continues to provide great online content through Facebook and Instagram live as well as Teen, Women, and Men Health Parties. She is committed to empowering and inspiring women to live healthy, active and amazing lives. She is dedicated, determined and on a mission to change the world. Her vision is connecting health and wellness to your everyday life.
Some of her recent media accomplishments were an appearance on the nationally syndicated TV One talk show, Sister Circle Live. She discussed women’s health concerns and issues. She’s also a regular guest on Get Up Mornings! With Erica Campbell, a nationally syndicated radio show where Dr. Katina joined Erica for the “Health Ever After” segment to discuss issues ranging from mental health to knowing your health status. A few other appearances include radio, online and popular live stream shows such as The Career Seekers Show on 106.5 in Philly, The Authors Show, to name a few.
Dr. Katina plans to be on various radio and talk shows spreading Health Awareness. Additionally, her goal is to be in everyone’s home by creating a workout DVD that will focus on helping others achieve their fitness goals. Moreover, she will hold worldwide webinars on various health topics. Additionally, inspire others to make a change to live a healthier lifestyle physically and mentally. There is no stopping Dr. Katina! She states, “my vision is to travel the world promoting health awareness and health education through speaking engagements and health parties.” With her drive, commitment and vibrant personality to inspire, this vision is sure to come into fruition.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Dr. Katina does not believe in luck. God played a major role in her endeavors. In order to carry out my purpose and passion in life, I stayed prayerful, dedicated, consistent, and positive.
- Website: www.drkatinakennedy.com/foundation
- Email: katinaDkennedy@gmail.com
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Personal photo: Dr. Katina on the set for her television appearance on Sister Circle Live on TVone