Kara Mitchell

Kara Mitchell, MS, RDN/LDN, ACSM-RCEP, CDE

Kara is currently a Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist and Wellness Manager at the Duke Health & Fitness Center. She received a B.S. in Nutrition and a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University. Upon graduation Kara completed a dietetic internship through Syracuse University. She is a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and also a licensed dietitian/nutritionist (LDN) in the state of North Carolina.  In addition to her clinical expertise in nutrition, Kara is also a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) through the American College of Sports Medicine. Kara has worked at the Duke Health & Fitness Center since 2000 as a Lifestyle Counselor, Group Exercise Instructor, Dietitian and Manager for our Wellness Programming.  She also has worked extensively with different corporate sites as well as the general community doing educational and motivational talks about all aspects of health.  She oversees Duke’s Getting on Track Weight Loss Program as well as the Diabetes and Exercise Program.  Kara is a Clinical Associate with Duke University School of Nursing and teaches a yearly course to graduating nurses and nurse practitioners titled “Exercise Interventions for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction.” Kara enjoys working with individuals to promote a holistic healthy lifestyle, incorporating nutrition, exercise and behavior modification to achieve long-term success and health.    


  • American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • State of North Carolina Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • American Diabetes Association Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
  • American Heart Basic Life Support

Special interests

  • Healthy, sustainable weight loss
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease counseling
  • Lipid management
  • Blood Pressure management
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Sports Nutrition