About Maria Kennedy, MPH, RD, LDN Registered Dietitian
I am very passionate about helping others learn about disease prevention through sound nutrition & general wellness. My areas of interest include diabetes management, women’s health, prenatal nutrition, gestational diabetes, prevention of chronic disease, and gastrointestinal disorders. I also have a child with anaphylactic food allergies and can provide great support to those with newly diagnosed food allergies.
I earned a BS in Food Science with a minor in nutrition at North Carolina State University. I worked for a number of years in Quality Assurance in the food industry. I then enjoyed staying at home with my children before returning to school. I completed my Master of Public Health – Nutrition Degree from the University of North Carolina – Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2012. I have been in private practice since graduating from UNC. I truly love helping my patients and seeing improvements in their health.
I had the pleasure of working with Maria Kennedy when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was in a high risk pregnancy and my stress level was high due to all of the extra appointments and worry. Maria was very calming and did all she could to keep my gestational diabetes in control. She was available for help at all times and was happy to provide guidance, recipes, suggestions, and more throughout my experience with her. She did so with a positive attitude and a reassuring demeanor. Maria was non judgmental about my picky eating tendencies and was able to help me build a meal plan that not only factored in my eating preferences but also the lack of time I had to prepare and eat meals that required a lot of time. This made working with Maria very practical and a pleasure. Maria made a stressful situation much easier and through the process I was able to change eating habits that will help me long term. I was fortunate to work with her! – T.D.
Maria recently helped me take a look at my overall eating habits to assist me in breaking a weight loss plateau that I had been been having for a few months. Her counseling, food menu calendar, and recipe ideas have helped me so much on my journey to a healthier life style. I was so shocked to find out that my Cigna insurance completely covered my visit with Maria. I would recommend Maria to anyone who is looking for a local Nutritionist. She’s the best in the Triangle! – L.K.