Kara Mitchell
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
MS Exercise Physiology, BS Nutritional Science | Ohio University

Kara is 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, and Dietitian and Manager for our Wellness Programming.  She also  worked extensively with different corporate sites, as well as the general community, providing 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 Association - Basic Cardiac Life Support

Special interests

  • Eating Disorders:  Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulemia
  • Healthy, sustainable weight loss
  • Diabetes  counseling
  • Vegetarian/Plant Based Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition

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Call 919 660 6818 or email kara.mitchell@duke.edu

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