I was diagnosed with prediabetes in 1985. At that time, I was a registered nurse who had pretty bad eating habits and an unhealthy lifestyle. Soon after my diagnosis, I studied nutrition at Northern Illinois University, ultimately receiving a master’s degree. This is when I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to teaching nutrition
and lifestyle choices in community settings. I continued my education and earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in community health nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in May of 2015.
I created and implemented my 7-step program during the evidence-based scholar project,, “Translating Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Concept in Faith Community Nursing: Fundamental Nutrition and Physical Activity for Training Faith Community Nurses,” for my doctorate. Upon graduation, I modified the DNP scholar
project into a simple and friendly community nutrition and lifestyle education program.
“Circle of Community Health Educators International (CCHEI)” was
launched as an international community diabetes, prediabetes, obesity, and
mental health nutrition and lifestyle education agency by Dr. Hannah Mitter
(RN, DNP) in the Greater Chicago area on Jan 1, 2015.
On January 1, 2019, CCHEI was changed to Community Nutrition and
Lifestyle Educators International (CNLEI) in order to describe more
specific to the roles of health education.
To date (January 1, 2019), CNLEI has over 500 basic members, including
medical professionals, community health educators, and people with
prediabetes, diabetes, obesity, or mental health concerns. These members
have completed at least the CNLEI Basic Course in the USA, South Korea,
Philippines, Cambodia, and Mongolia. In addition, over 50 Advanced-1
CNLEI members completed our Advanced-1 course in the USA and South
Mission and Value:
The CNLEI Mission is to train community nutrition and lifestyle educators
around the world, and educate people with prediabetes, diabetes, obesity,
and mental health concerns to prevent or reverse these issues. CNLEI
globally provides evidence-based nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle education
workshops developed by Dr. Hannah Mitter RN, DNP.
CNLEI values wholistic health, including health of body, mind, and spirit
through our evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention
programs. CNLEI spiritual health is based on the Christian faith.
1. Prevent type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes or at risk of diabetes
2. Prevent complications among people with diabetes / prediabetes / obesity / mental illness
3. Improve mental health status and reduce mental illness with nutrition and lifestyle changes
Credentials: Dr. Hannah Mitter RN, DNP
Current President, Founder, and Professor: CNLEI
Doctor of Nursing Practice: DNP from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Nutritionist: BA and MA in Nutrition from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA
Advanced Community Health Nursing Specialist: Community Prediabetes / Diabetes / Obesity / Mental
Health Nutrition and Lifestyle Education
Registered Nurse: RN from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA
Professor of Nutrition in Nursing (2012-2015): Ambria College of Nursing, Hoffman Estates, USA.
Faculty: Faith Community Nursing, Weisberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing location please Faculty