Christi Smith, MS, CSCS
What she does at WW
Christi supports the strategy, management, and global implementation of the WW Science Hub—a living, breathing resource center for WW teams around the world. She researches the latest findings related to behavior change, psychology, and exercise to ensure that WW’s points of view, principles, and techniques are supported by the newest, best-in-class science. Then, she helps colleagues across the organization translate this science in accurate and compelling ways to help members form healthy habits.
As a former intern for the White House Athletic Center and Fitness Director for the Department of Defense, Christi has created health promotion initiatives and exercise programming to serve a wide variety of needs, goals, and demographics. Christi holds a bachelors in Health Promotion and a masters in Kinesiology, and joins WW with extensive experience as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. This expertise is powered by a passion for helping people achieve their healthiest lives through positive behavior change, nutrition, and exercise. Christi considers herself an “anatomy and physiology nerd” with a knack for data. As such, her interest in combining technology, kinetics, and goal setting has always driven her curiosity and work.
What brought her to WW
Christi joined WW in late 2020 after what she describes as a major year of reflection. She realized the importance of helping credible, actionable science reach the masses and was immediately drawn to WW. In part, this was because of WW’s holistic approach to behavior change, but also because she has a personal connection to the brand. She witnessed the impact WW has on members first-hand via her sister, who went through the program and successfully lost over 70 pounds. Christi says she’s most excited about the scientific integrity WW stands for and the organization's commitment to inclusion, diversity, and improving health equity.
Most exciting part of the job
Christi loves collaborating with teams across the organization and seeing the compelling ways in which they bring the Science team’s behavior change techniques to life. She says the icing on the cake is taking pride in WW’s constant innovation, social impact, and wellness-first approach for its members and employees.
Get to know Christi:
- In her free time: During college football season, Christi’s weekends are dedicated to game-watching (she’s a proud alum of the University of Georgia!). When it’s not football season, you’re most likely to find her on the tennis court with friends and family.
- You might be surprised to learn: Christi lived and worked in South Korea for a year and a half. There, she developed a unique adoration for bulgogi, hiking, and K-pop!
- The best advice she’s ever received: “Bloom where you’re planted.” As a military spouse, she has experienced the challenges that come with relocating your life, friends, and job (over and over). As such, she regularly takes this advice to heart—reminding herself to be open and pursue new adventures with vigor.