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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Names New National Media Spokespeople for 2012 - 2015


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

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has appointed four registered dietitians to three-year terms as media spokespeople. The Academy’s nationwide volunteer spokesperson network consists of 30 RDs who conduct more than 3,000 nutrition and healthful eating interviews each year on behalf of the Academy, with print, broadcast and electronic media.

As registered dietitians, Academy spokespeople are the food and nutrition experts. They have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree (and 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.

“When the media is looking for science- and evidence-based food and nutrition information, it is important they look to registered dietitians,” said registered dietitian and Academy President Ethan Bergman. “As the recognized experts, the Academy’s spokespeople are able to decipher nutrition fact from fiction, ensuring consumers have the information they need to make informed and healthful choices.”

The following registered dietitians have been appointed as new Academy spokespeople for 2012 – 2015:

Rachel Begun, MS, RD, CDN; New York, N.Y.
Begun owns a nutrition consulting firm and has 11 years of experience working with the media. She counsels patients with celiac disease, gluten-related disorders and food allergies, and educates the public and other food and nutrition professionals through speaking engagements, educational webinars and writing. Her areas of expertise include celiac disease, family nutrition, food allergies, gluten intolerance and restaurants, culinary, chefs and culture.

Kristi L. King, MPH, RD, CNSC, LD; Houston, Texas
King is a senior pediatric dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and a clinical instructor at Baylor College of Medicine, providing nutrition counseling to children and their families, and specializing in chronic malabsorptive and intestinal conditions. Her areas of expertise include adolescent nutrition, children’s nutrition, gastrointestinal nutrition, infant nutrition and medical nutrition therapy.

Angela M. Lemond, RD, LD, CSP; Dallas, Texas
Lemond works in private practice, assisting children, adults and families with preventive nutrition as well as food therapy to treat a variety of medical conditions. Lemond is board-certified as a specialist in pediatric nutrition and holds a certification in child and adolescent weight management. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular nutrition, children’s nutrition, family nutrition, gastrointestinal nutrition and obesity and weight management.

Jennifer L. McDaniel, MS, RD, LD, CSSD; St. Louis, Mo.
McDaniel is a certified specialist in sports dietetics and the founder and owner of McDaniel Nutrition Therapy, a nutrition consulting company that specializes in weight management, sports nutrition and corporate wellness. She has developed and designed wellness programs for numerous companies and is a professional speaker. Her areas of expertise include obesity and weight management, sports nutrition and fitness, weight loss, wellness and women’s nutrition.

Additionally, the Academy reappointed one spokesperson for 2012-2015:

Marisa Moore, MBA, RD, LD; Atlanta, Ga.
Moore owns a nutrition consulting practice where she works with corporations, groups and individuals to improve health outcomes in wellness, weight management, heart health and disease prevention. Moore also consults with the food and restaurant industry to develop and promote healthy recipes, food products and campaigns. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular nutrition, disease prevention, employee wellness programs, food labels/label reading and recipe development and makeovers.

More information on the Academy and its spokespeople can be found by downloading a pdf of the Academy’s 2012 - 2013 Media Guide.

Journalists seeking interviews with Academy food and nutrition experts may contact Ryan O’Malley, media relations manager at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, at 800/877-1600, ext. 4769, or email


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at