Karen Asp, MA, CPT, VLCE

Karen Asp

Karen Asp is an award-winning journalist and author specializing in fitness, nutrition, health, animals, and travel. She has over two decades' worth of experience writing for leading print magazines and digital brands, including Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, O, SELF, Clean Eating, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, AARP, and more. Karen is a certified plant-based nutrition educator, certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator, and ACE-certified personal trainer and fitness instructor.

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Latest from Karen Asp, MA, CPT, VLCE
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