People Making A Difference: Jillian Tedesco
JILLIAN TEDESCO, Founder & Owner of Fit-Flavors
Jillian Tedesco transitioned from a career in personal training and nutrition counseling to one in the restaurant industry, serving Fit-Flavors meals optimized for healthy dining. After going above and beyond by assisting clients with weight loss roadblocks through nutritious, properly proportioned meals, Tedesco realized she could make an even larger impact in St. Louis by offering convenient, healthy eating options to the community.
That was four years before ever opening aFit-Flavors storefront. Now, rather than cooking in her own personal kitchen and hand-delivering the meals to her client’s doorsteps, Tedesco works with her expertly trained team to develop the nutritionally rich meals in four STL area locations.
With the variety of cuisines, seasonal ingredients and convenient availability, Tedesco says she’s able to help many more people learn about what’s right for their bodies and lives—without ever bringing in the unhealthy habits that can come from dieting.
To learn even more about Tedesco and fit-flavors, we asked a few more questions.
What is your personal mission statement?
Kill it everyday, be the best and win!
Are you involved with any charities/philanthropic causes?
Cardinal Glennon—after having my children, I felt a personal responsibility to partner with children charities. After touring the hospital, it gives me purpose when fundraising for them.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
Hearing positive feedback from my customers. They either are either blown away by the taste and convenience or have personally seen success physically from the products’ nutritional approach.
Who is has made the biggest impact on your professional life?
My husband. He gives me the most support but pushes me harder than anyone, as well as teaches me the mistakes he made.
How do you hope to be remembered?
As being a leader in the health and fitness industry.
Name one thing on your personal bucket list.
Start my own charity one day.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
God—I’m am living out my purpose to serve him and his plan for my life. I believe fit-flavors is a platform he has blessed me with, and through its success will I only be able to give back more and serve others. He is my inspiration each day.
What recent accomplishment are you most proud of?
Going from five to 60-plus employees and three locations in two years. Being able to provide jobs to people and help them support their families is really amazing.
For more info, visit fit-flavors.com.