mallory morse, mhc

health educator, central washington university

“Katie's presentation equipped me with the knowledge and understanding of the mass manipulation being done by the media toward everyone, specifically women. Society is forcing us into seeing unrealistic expectations and then following up with the diet industry when we fail to achieve those standards. Katie’s research into the psychology and understanding behind how advertising started shaped this presentation into a valuable learning opportunity that ultimately conveys how and why these standards are made and reasons why they aren’t attainable- because they aren’t real! Her relatability and genuine care for positive body image as well as her humor throughout the presentation created a welcoming environment for everyone and sparked the conversation of the many reasons we have to love our bodies rather than hate them. Being healthy isn’t a fad or a part of life, it’s a lifestyle and an education as to why healthy is the new skinny was an incredible presentation to be a part of!” 

Jaime Goldstein

cultural events coordinator, city of agoura hills

'The HNS message needs to be spread throughout the world and incorporated into school curriculums. With a society that is so reliant on social media and peer acceptance, we need to teach both the young and mature to love and accept one another for the things that make us different and unique!

Katie is captivating, relatable and truthful. Her discussion was interactive to the point of the entire audience being involved and not afraid to speak and participate!

It’s amazing when you find a message and program that’s not only fun and exciting, but also extremely educational. Katie has experienced the problems our world is facing first hand and it’s a gift that she has chosen to share the HNS message to the world!"



rhea fabricante

teen services librarian, woodland public library

"Katie’s presentation and the impact she has on young girls and boys and also older men and women, is beyond positive and life-changing. In a post-survey, one 16 year old girl said she “will start being more positive and this helped me  to understand other people’s views of beauty and to change my views to be more accepting of those views.” In other words… True beauty comes from within.

Katie incorporated her personal story as a plus-size model, educated with facts and history, and included personal testimonials from everyday people (every body type) to really get her message across. “YOU are wonderful and can live an authentic and healthy life.”

All in all, the event was a huge success thanks to Katie, the fitness instructors, teen volunteers and participants. The event was funded by a grant from the California State Library, Friends of the Woodland Public Library and City of Woodland Measure J funds."