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American Dietetic Association Names National Media Spokespeople for 2011-14

2011-06-08

Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802 media@eatright.org

Editors: Please note local interest.

CHICAGO – The American Dietetic Association has appointed six registered dietitians to three-year terms as media spokespeople for the Association. ADA's nationwide volunteer spokesperson network consists of 30 RDs who conduct more than 3,000 print, broadcast and electronic interviews each year on behalf of ADA on nutrition and healthful eating.

As RDs, spokespeople are the food and nutrition experts, having fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor's degree (about half of RDs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination—in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.

The following registered dietitians have been appointed as new ADA spokespeople for 2011- 2014:

  • Deborah Beauvais, RD, CDN, SNS - Hilton, N.Y. (School Nutrition Specialist)

Beauvais is the district supervisor of school nutrition services at the Gates Chili Central School District and the East Rochester Union Free School District, which have both received Best Practice Awards from the New York Office of General Services and the New York Department of Education under her direction. Her areas of expertise include food labels and label reading, food service management, food safety, school nutrition, and school nutrition policy.

  • Judy Caplan, MS, RD - Washington, D.C.

Caplan is owner of the firm Nutrition Ammunition, which specializes in dietary transformation, weight loss and disease prevention. Her areas of expertise include medical nutrition therapy, weight management, childhood obesity prevention and wellness.

  • Jessica Crandall, RD, CDE - Denver, Colo.

Crandall is a certified diabetes educator and group fitness instructor. She works as program director for Sodexo Wellness and Nutrition Services providing individualized nutrition counseling as well as group classes. Her areas of expertise include behavior and lifestyle modification, diabetes, family nutrition, obesity and weight management, and sports nutrition and fitness.

  • Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RD, LDN, CDE - Chicago, Ill.

Dobbins works for NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill., where she is the prenatal nutrition coordinator at the Center for Maternal & Fetal Health. She counsels clients on prenatal nutrition, diabetes, glucose monitoring and insulin administration; teaches classes for "multiples"; and helps conduct obesity research. Her areas of expertise include children's nutrition, diabetes, lactose intolerance, maternal and prenatal nutrition, obesity and weight management and supermarket nutrition.

  • Joy Dubost, PhD, RD - Washington, D.C.

Dubost is the director of nutrition and healthy living at the National Restaurant Association, where she provides leadership and expertise on a wide spectrum of health and nutrition issues. Her areas of expertise include disease management and prevention, food labels and label reading, functional foods and phytochemicals, obesity and weight management, and sports nutrition and fitness.

  • Vandana Sheth, RD, CDE - Los Angeles, Calif.

Sheth is the owner of a nutrition consulting practice focusing on diabetes, food allergies, obesity and weight management, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular nutrition and disease prevention. She works with individuals, groups, community organizations and schools. Her areas of expertise include Asian-Indian diets, children’s nutrition, diabetes, food allergies and intolerances, obesity and weight management, and vegetarian nutrition.

In addition, the following current ADA spokespeople have been reappointed for 2011-14:

  • Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN - New York City, N.Y.

Brown-Riggs is an award-winning registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and also the author of The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes (New Page Books July 2010) and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes (iUniverse 2006). Her areas of expertise include African-American nutrition, behavior and lifestyle modification, diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, and obesity and weight management.

  • Ruth Frechman, MA, RD - Los Angeles, Calif.

Frechman is a private-practice nutrition consultant and president of On the Weigh, a nutrition therapy and weight-control center. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer. Her areas of expertise include food safety, gerontology, obesity and weight management, sports nutrition and fitness, and women’s nutrition.

  • Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD - Los Angeles, Calif.

Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator and the nutrition policy consultant for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, supporting cities in Los Angeles County develop and adopt healthful food and beverage polices. Her areas of expertise include fad diets, food policy and programs, raw food diets, and vegetarian eating.

  • Angela Ginn, RD, LDN, CDE - Baltimore, Md.

Ginn works as an education coordinator/nutrition diabetes educator at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Maryland General Hospital, where she counsels patients on treating and managing diabetes and other endocrine diseases. She is also the owner of Real Talk Real Food, a consulting practice for health care, corporations and organizations. Her areas of expertise include African-American nutrition, behavior and lifestyle modification, culinary nutrition, diabetes, and food preparation and meal planning.

  • Sari Greaves, RD - New York City, N.Y.

Greaves is the director of nutrition at Step Ahead Medically Supervised Weight Loss Center in New Jersey. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular nutrition, HIV/AIDS, obesity and weight management, recipe development and makeovers, and women’s nutrition.

  • Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, LMT - Cleveland, Ohio.

Jamieson-Petonic is the director of wellness coaching at the Wellness Enterprise of the Cleveland Clinic, where she is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of Go Foods for You!, an online Mediterranean nutrition program for consumers, employees and corporations. Her areas of expertise include children's nutrition, executive health, health education, obesity and weight management, and sports nutrition and fitness.

  • Ximena Jimenez, MS, RD, LD - Miami, Fla.

Jimenez owns a consulting business providing weight management and wellness information. She also provides lectures for health-care professionals and the community. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular nutrition, children’s nutrition, diabetes, Latino nutrition, and obesity and weight management.

  • Melinda Johnson, MS, RD - Phoenix, Ariz.

Johnson is a lecturer at Arizona State University, where she teaches courses in nutrition communication and nutrition in the media, and she is the owner of the consulting practice Nutrition for Slackers, LLC. Her areas of expertise include breast feeding, children’s nutrition, The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, family nutrition, and maternal and prenatal nutrition.

  • Toby Smithson, RD, LDN, CDE - Chicago, Ill.

Smithson is the community dietitian for the Lake County, Ill., Health Department and Community Health Center, where she focuses on community-wide nutrition education, public policy and outreach. She is the founder of DiabetesEveryDay.com, an online guidance and support resource for people with diabetes. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular nutrition, community nutrition, diabetes, Kosher foods, and women’s nutrition.

  • Bethany Thayer, MS, RD - Detroit, Mich.

Thayer is the director of wellness programs and strategies at Henry Ford Health System, where she is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of employee wellness programming for more than 24,000 HFHS employees and oversees a team of health professionals who provide wellness services to other employer groups. Her areas of expertise include behavior and lifestyle modification, children’s nutrition, employee wellness programs, health coaching, and recipe development and makeovers.

  • Jim White, RD, ACSM/HFI - Virginia Beach, Va. (Men's Nutrition Specialist)

White is the founder and owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios, the founder of Hampton Roads Fitness magazine and author of Jim White's Fit-in-30 Days plan. His areas of expertise include behavior and lifestyle modification, fast food, men's nutrition, obesity and weight management, and sports nutrition and fitness.

 

More information on ADA and its Spokespeople can be found by downloading ADA's 2011-12 Media Guide.

Journalists seeking interviews with ADA food and nutrition experts may contact Ryan O'Malley, media relations manager at the American Dietetic Association, at 800/877-1600, ext. 4769, or email media@eatright.org.

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The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. To locate a registered dietitian in your area, visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.