Kelly Frazier, MA
joined the Furman University Department of Health Sciences in 2002. Her
undergraduate courses have included HSC 101 Wellness Concepts, HSC 315
Fundamentals of Nutrition, HSC 505 FIT-Rx Internship in Individualized Exercise
Prescription and HSC 505 FUEL the Community Internship.
received her B.S. degree in Exercise Science from James Madison University with
a minor in Nutrition. She received her M.A. degree in Health and Exercise
Science from Furman University. Since joining the Furman Faculty, she has
actively promoted healthy living on Furman campus and throughout the Greenville
Frazier partnered with Furman Dining Services to market and increase the selection
of healthy food options available on campus through the Eat Well initiative. A
review of Dining Services production records suggests that the campus has
replaced many refined grains, fried foods, fatty meats, and high-sugar items
with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins since the initiative
began. She has also assisted Dining Services with a variety of campus wellness
events including Healthy Eating Forums, Healthy Cooking Demonstrations, Local
and Organic Day, Food Day, Moonlight Breakfast, Peer Health Education, and the
Study Day Recharge during final exams.
she became the faculty advisor for the Furman Culinary Club. She frequently
leads or assists with healthy cooking workshops and other community service
related activities, such as preparing meals for the homeless.
Frazier developed the Furman University Eating Lean (FUEL) Intervention to
promote healthy eating among Furman employees and spouses. FUEL uses a simple
plate-based model to promote healthful eating. Participants are asked to
conform most of their meals to the FUEL plate which consists of one half
vegetables and/or fruits, one quarter whole grains or potatoes, and one quarter
lean proteins. FUEL participants receive comprehensive assessments, such as body
composition analysis via Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, blood work (lipid
panel, glucose, hemoglobin A1c, C-reactive protein, blood pressure), and a
three day food record analyses to assess nutrient intake. The program includes
a comprehensive nutrition education class where participants can sample many
delicious new foods. Since the program began, over 150 participants have
learned how to improve health- one plate a time. Many have experienced
remarkable improvements in body composition, nutrient intake, and blood markers
associated with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
she developed the FIT-Rx Internship in Individualized Exercise Prescription.
FIT-Rx is based on the concept that “exercise is medicine.” Regular exercise
can help to prevent or alleviate many chronic conditions such as cardiovascular
disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. Frazier trains Health
Science majors in the foundations of exercise assessment and prescription. Then
the students receive academic credit for working directly with Furman faculty,
staff, and spouses to implement exercise programs intended to improve health
outcomes. Since the program began, over 80 students have trained over 300
members of the Furman community. Many have significantly improved their
physical activity levels and experienced remarkable improvements in their
health and well-being.
Frazier began working with Miracle Hill Ministries to improve health education
and the nutritional quality of meals that are served throughout local homeless
shelters and addiction recovery centers. She has partnered with Loaves
and Fishes Food Recovery Program to help acquire additional produce for
individuals in need and help educate both food donor and food recipient
partners on the FUEL plate based eating guidelines.
In 2017, Frazier
launched a new internship program called FUEL the Community. Health
Science and Public Health majors will be trained in foundations of nutrition
education and intern at local non-profits throughout the community to provide
health education, kitchen assistance, and basic exercise program guidance.
These organizations include all of the Miracle Hill Adult Ministries
(Greenville Rescue Mission, Shepherd’s Gate, Overcomers, Renewal), Miracle Hill
Children’s Homes, Project Host Soup Kitchen, San Souci Baptist Church Food
Pantry, San Sebastian Food Pantry, Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Greer
Clinic, Greer Relief Food Pantry, North Greenville Crisis Ministry, Harvest
Hope Food Bank, and Loaves and Fishes.
time at Furman, Frazier has been invited to present numerous healthy living
lectures to campus and community groups such as OLLI, Learning for You, Summer
Scholars, Bridges to a Brighter Future, Ladies of Distinction, Furman’s Child
Development Center, Mere Christianity Forum, the Cothran Center for Vocational
Reflection, Greek Life, Housing and Residence Life, Legacy Charter School, the
City of Greenville, Greenville County Schools, Greenville Early College, the
South Carolina Governor’s School, YMCA of Greenville, the Greater Greenville
Shrinkdown, Brookwood Church, Loaves and Fishes, and many local businesses.
coordinated the Furman Group Exercise Program for thirteen years and currently
leads classes such as weight training, cycling, and yoga for the Furman Fitness
Center. She provides nutritional guidance and yoga classes for Furman
athletic teams such as men’s and women soccer, basketball, football, lacrosse,
golf, and volleyball.
been certified as a Health and Fitness Specialist by the American College of
Sports Medicine and currently lives in Greenville with her husband Aaron and
For more information
about Frazier’s campus and community health initiatives, please visit her Live
Well Furman Blog at http://blogs.furman.edu/wellness