Contributors

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is founder of Toby Amidor Nutrition, a provider of nutrition and food safety consulting services. She’s author of the cookbook The Greek Yogurt Kitchen; a nutrition expert for FoodNetwork.com, where she writes for their Healthy Eats blog; and an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Toby also is a regular contributor to Shape.com, MensFitness.com, and US News & World Report Eat + Run.

serena-ballSerena Ball, MS, RD, is a food writer and owner of Teaspoon Communications, a food focused nutrition communications group that consults with a variety of health and food organizations in St. Louis. She has written for Relish magazine, CookingLight.com, and currently writes monthly for FoodNetwork.com‘s Healthy Eats blog. At TeaspoonOfSpice.com, she blogs about delicious recipes and time-saving kitchen hacks with fellow dietitian Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD. She co-created The Recipe ReDux, an RD and healthy blogger community with a monthly reach of more than 6 million page views, and she appears regularly on the Morning Show on FOXTV2.

jenna-bellJenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, is senior vice president and director of food and wellness for Pollock Communications, where she helps companies of healthful brands translate science for consumers and connect with nutrition experts. She also helps educate fitness professionals and athletes about eating for performance and proper recovery. She’s a member of the editorial advisory board for Today’s Dietitian and coauthor of Energy to Burn and Launching Your Dietetics Career.

marlisa-brownMarlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN, is an award-winning dietitian, chef, and public speaker. She’s president of Total Wellness, a private nutrition consulting company specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, gluten-free diets, culinary programs, corporate wellness, and medical nutrition therapies, in Bayshore, New York, and is author of Gluten-Free Hassle-Free and Easy Gluten-Free.

constance-brown-riggsConstance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, is an award-winning dietitian and past national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, specializing in African American nutrition. She’s the author of Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes and The African American Guide to Living Well With Diabetes. She serves on the editorial advisory board of Today’s Dietitian and is a regular contributor of feature articles and continuing education courses on diabetes. She also blogs at The Huffington Post and BlackDoctor.org. Visit her at ConstanceBrownRiggs.com.

neva-cochranNeva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, is an award-winning dietitian, a nutrition communications consultant to a variety of food, nutrition, and agricultural organizations, longtime magazine nutrition writer, and frequent speaker for professional and consumer groups. As an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she has served as president of both the Dallas and Texas academies, as a national media spokesperson, a House of Delegates member, and Academy foundation chair. Neva was a 2012 recipient of the Academy’s Medallion Award and the 2016 Texas Academy’s Outstanding Preceptor Award.

karen-collinsKaren Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, is a consultant, speaker, and writer specializing in the intersection of cancer, diabetes, and heart health. Her trademarked tagline “Taking Nutrition from Daunting to Doable,” highlights her passion for helping people see beyond headlines and put complex information in perspective within the big picture of overall research. Karen serves as nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed research summaries for health professionals and more than 2,000 articles for the public. Karen also blogs at Smart Bytes® at KarenCollinsNutrition.com. A fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Karen is chair of its Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.

jodi-danen-photoJodi Danen, RD, is a family nutrition blogger at The Average RD and more recently Create Kids Club. She’s the creator of Lunch Bytes lunch box note cards that keep kids laughing and learning at lunchtime through fun, education- and nutrition-based cards. Jodi’s passion and focus is on getting families back into the kitchen. She has a background in school nutrition and has developed and taught kids’ cooking classes geared toward getting kids’ hands dirty while they play with food. Follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

melissa-dobbinsMelissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, is an award-winning, nationally recognized dietitian, speaker, blogger, podcaster, and media trainer with more than 20 years experience. She’s the founder of Sound Bites, Inc, where she promotes “sound science, smart nutrition, and good food,” and she’s known as ‘The Guilt-Free RD’—“because food shouldn’t make you feel bad!” Melissa has extensive media experience as a spokesperson for the food, grocery, and health care industries. She’s a former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has received the Academy’s Media Excellence Award in 2016.

croppedBecky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND, is widely known as one of the nation’s leading experts on nutrition, aging, and long term health care. An experienced speaker and extensively published author of nutrition resources, Becky is founder and president of Nutrition Consulting Services, Inc, whose dedicated team of RDs has served health care facilities in Ohio since 1983, and Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc, which provides a broad library of resources and continuing education programs. Her mission to improve nutrition care for older adults has inspired her to present more than 500 professional programs and publish more than 270 manuals, CEU programs, and practical articles.

Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT, is owner of Team with ME: Nutrition & Fitness Consulting, LLC, a communications and corporate wellness company based at the Jersey Shore. She’s the creator and author of the couples’ nutrition blog Nutrition Nuptials, featured in Bridal Guide and Inside Weddings. A former advertising executive, Mandy combines her business expertise with nutrition knowledge to assist colleagues in building their businesses through branding, advertising, and relationship skills. Mandy is also an avid fitness enthusiast who holds certifications in yoga, stand up paddleboard yoga, aerial yoga, and kickboxing. Learn more about Mandy at www.mandyenright.com and follow her @mandyenrightRD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, is a nutrition communicationsspecialist, speaker, spokesperson, brand ambassador, corporate consultant, and dietitian in private practice. She’s the founder and owner of Nutrition Starring YOU, LLC, a social media marketing and consulting company. Formerly an obese child, Lauren specializes in weight management and is dedicated to combating adult and childhood obesity. She has been featured in Shape, SELF, Fitness, Prevention, Men’s Fitness, Brides, US News and World Report, The Huffington PostToday’s Dietitian, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

regan-jonesRegan Jones, RD, is owner of the web’s most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned sites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com, and RDs4Disclosure.org. She founded each of her sites and brands with one mission in mind: to amplify the voice and visibility of healthful eating online with special attention to supporting dietitian bloggers. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education, but food-lover by birth,” she enjoys reading and writing for The Healthy Aperture Blog.

jessica-levingsJessica Levings, MS, RDN, owns Balanced Pantry, a trusted source for companies seeking to develop and modify Nutrition Facts labels and ingredients statements for food products. Before starting Balanced Pantry, she worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for nearly seven years on its Sodium Reduction Initiative, giving her expert insight into sodium reduction in the food supply and effective strategies for sodium reduction in foods. Jessica also is a freelance writer who has written about myriad health and nutrition topics. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Sue Linja, RDN, LD, specializes in geriatric nutrition. She’s the cofounder and officer of three nutrition corporations that provide nutrition consulting services to more than 125 entities—nursing homes, hospitals, residential care facilities, and private health and wellness businesses. Sue has spent the past 25 years of her nutrition career working with older adults in pursuit of nutritional health and longevity and those at life’s end. A successful entrepreneur, speaker, and published author, she’s an active leader in nutrition gerontology.

amy-myrdal-millerAmy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, is an award-winning dietitian, farmer’s daughter, polished public speaker, author, and president of Farmer’s Daughter® Consulting, Inc, an agriculture, food, and culinary communications firm. In addition to contributing to Today’s Dietitian‘s RD Lounge Amy also writes a monthly column for Produce Business magazine. During her 20-year career, Amy has worked for a global public relations firm, a small clinical research firm, a California-based commodity board, and a world-renowned culinary college. Today, she works with a variety of clients across the food system, including seed companies, grower cooperatives, commodity boards, and national brands.

sharon-palmerSharon Palmer, RDN, has created an award-winning career based on combining her two great loves: food and writing. As a dietitian, she channels her 16 years of health care experience into writing features covering health, wellness, nutrition, and cooking. Sharon is also a passionate writer about food and environmental issues, having published a number of features on plant-based diets, hunger, agriculture, local and organic foods, eco-friendly culinary practices, sustainability, food safety, humane animal practices, and food security. In particular, Sharon has expertise in plant-based nutrition. She’s author of The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life, editor of the acclaimed health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and  nutrition editor of Today’s Dietitian. Visit her at sharonpalmer.com.

robin-plotkinRobin Plotkin, RD, is an award-winning dietitian and nationally acclaimed culinary and nutrition expert who appears regularly on TV, radio, in print, and in social media. She’s a contributing blogger for the Dallas Morning News Healthy Living blog. She uses social media daily as a means to get her unique messages across to the general population. Robin’s blog, Robinsbite, offers insight into the cooking, buying, and shopping habits of everyday people through the popular Inside the Fridge feature. She’s also a cofounder of Blog Brulee, an invitation-only experiential workshop for healthy bloggers and dietitian bloggers interested in developing all aspects of social media best practices.

whiteny-reistWhitney Reist, RD, LD, is a culinary nutrition consultant living in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband, Ryan, who also is an RD. She has professional chef training from Le Cordon Bleu and writes the lifestyle blog Sweet Cayenne, where she shares her passion for food and fashion. Her favorite things about food blogging are the photography and, of course, the eating.


SeAnne Safaii-Waite, RDN, LD, is an associate professor of the coordinated program in dietetics at the University of Idaho and is president of Nutrition and Wellness Associates, LLC. Her research emphasis includes the dietary habits of centenarian’s, diabetes, and the use of virtual technology and simulations in nutrition and dietetics education. SeAnne has been published in various research journals and authored book chapters. She shares nutrition information in the media, writes for three newspapers, and makes appearances on local television networks. Currently, she’s studying the dietary habits of centenarians. She received the Young Dietitian of the Year award for her leadership in dietetics by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Outstanding Dietitian Award, and most recently the University of Idaho Community Outreach and Engagement award.

deanna-seagrave-dalyDeanna Segrave-Daly, RD, is a food-loving dietitian who co-owns Teaspoon Communications, a food focused nutrition communications group that consults with a variety of health and food organizations. She blogs at Teaspoon of Spice, with her business partner, Serena Ball, where she shares healthful recipes, delicious photography, kitchen hacks, and kitchen mishaps. Deanna is the co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, a healthful food blogger community that inspires monthly recipe challenges, and the cofounder of Blog Brûlée, an exclusive, intimate weekend workshop for RDs and healthy living bloggers to enhance their online presence. She’s also a features editor at Healthy Aperture, contributing monthly recipes and posts to the Sweet Splurges column.

elizabeth-shawElizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT, specializes in nutrition communications and wellness coaching. She owns a nutrition communications and wellness consulting company in San Diego. She’s active in local and national print and media relations to disseminate the latest information on health and wellness. Elizabeth also is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and National Association of College and University Foodservice (NACUFS) Organization. She authors her blog Shaw’s Simple Swaps, which highlights nutritious recipes and ingredients. Her writing and recipes have been featured in Weight Watchers, Men’s Fitness, Yahoo, and Redbook magazine. She’s currently coauthoring a book on nutrition and fertility scheduled to launch in 2017. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yummly.

jill-weisenbergerJill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, CHWC, is an internationally recognized nutrition and diabetes expert. Through writing, speaking, one-on-one coaching, and working with the media, Jill empowers people to grab control of their health. She’s the author of the best-selling book Diabetes Weight Loss – Week by WeekThe Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition, and 21 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes and Your Heart. Jill has a private practice in Newport News, Virginia, and is a consultant and spokesperson to the food industry and a freelance writer for various magazines and websites. Find out more at jillweisenberger.com.

Liz Weiss, MS, RDN, is a mom of two with a specialty in family nutrition. She’s the voice behind the family food podcast Liz’s Healthy Table, and the blog and website by the same name. Liz has written several cookbooks including No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy Kid-Tested Recipes From the Meal Makeover MomsThe Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time!, and the playful new coloring book series Color, Cook, Eat!. Liz hosts the Meal Makeovers video series for CNN Accent Health, which runs in doctor’s offices nationwide.