By women, for women, the mission of Smart Fit Chicks is to use research-proven techniques to empower others to create healthy lifestyles, both in body and mind. The vision of Smart Fit Chicks is to become the leading research-based health and fitness resource for women. We aim to create an online community of women, who support one another in the pursuit of health and well-being.
Kellie Walters, PhD
A native Californian, Kellie loves good weather, healthy foods, and an active lifestyle. Kellie is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach where she studies the relationship between physical and emotional health in adolescent girls and adult women. Some of Kellie’s favorite activities include running, teaching cycle classes, pumping iron, and spending time with her hubby and two pups.
Dawn Dickerson, B.S.
ACE-Health Coach, ACSM-CPT & 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher
Dawn was born and raised in the colorful Colorado. She received her BS in Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in May 2015. She has experience in personal training, as well as teaching group fitness and yoga classes and recently got her Health Coaching certification. Dawn has a passion for making people feel better about themselves through communication, dedication, and hard work. On her free time, she loves hiking, lifting weights, meeting new people, practicing yoga, and spending time with loved ones.
Chrissy Chard, PhD
ACSM Wellness Coach
Even though Chrissy is no longer coaching (she’s busy running a non-profit, raising a family, and making a name for herself at CSU), she will forever be a Smart Fit Chick. Chrissy is a faculty member with the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research focuses on physical activity in children and health behavior change. Originally from Denver, she has many years of experience in both personal training as well as health/wellness coaching. She loves living an active lifestyle, always learning about the newest ways to challenge her body and mind. She values her close network of family and friends, and loves spending time with them.
Brittni Paris, M.S.
ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Brittni is an alum of Colorado State University, where she mingled with the greats like Kellie Walters and Chrissy Chard. She currently resides in Hoosier Country, with her husband Hunter, working for Indiana University as an academic advisor to business students and donning the IU candy-cane striped pants. She spends her time taking ballet classes, listening to podcasts, biking around town, and hosting friends at her apartment and favorite coffee shops. Brittni earned a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Health and Exercise Science, and is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She’s excited to pursue a career in wellness coaching, helping women see how great they are and how much good they can bring to the world.
Smart Fit Chicks was featured on the Generation Regeneration Wholistic Radio program hosted by Sandra Guy Malhotra, Ph.D. Generation Regeneration Wholistic Radio provides programs that inspire its listeners to make daily choices that regenerate the mind, body and spirit.
Smart Fit Chicks founders Kellie Walters and Chrissy Chard joined the program on May 17, 2016 to discuss their wellness coaching programs for women and girls. They spoke about their mission to use research-proven techniques to empower women and girls to create healthy lifestyles, both in body and mind. They also discussed how they coach others to success, and how listeners can learn from the Smart Fit Chicks experience. Click here to listen to the full episode.