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Paula Vicknair
Paula Vicknair Ruiz, Owner

About Paula

Paula Vicknair Ruiz, MS, RD, LDN

Paula has a tremendous passion for helping others create a healthier, happier life. She has been providing health services since 1993, and specialized in fitness, weight loss, and diabetes prevention in her work at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She opened Alive & Well, LLC in 2000 to offer scientifically sound guidance in a small personal setting.

Paula believes we can all feel ALIVE and WELL when we learn to balance our nutrition and activity habits. She offers the knowledge, tools, and support needed to make lasting lifestyle changes.


  • Master of Science, Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Science, Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Registered Dietitian, National Commission on Dietetics
  • Licensed Dietitian, State Board of Examiners in Dietetics
  • Certified Exercise Instructor, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Certified Lifestyle Counselor, The Cooper Institute
  • Certified Aquatic Exercise Instructor, SCW-EDU
  • Certified Pilates Instructor, SCW-EDU
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, SCW-EDU
  • Certified Resist-A-Ball Instructor, Resist-A-Ball CORE
  • Certified Health Promotion Director, The Cooper Institute
  • CPR Certified, American Heart Association


  • $10,000 Balance Bar Grant Recipient
  • Extraordinary Entrepreneur 2003



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