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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Names New National Media Spokespeople for 2013-2016


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

Editors: Please note local interest.

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

As registered dietitians and registered dietitian nutritionists, 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 and RDNs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination — in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.

"As nutritional health continues to receive increased attention in print, broadcast and online media, it is crucial that writers and reporters have trusted sources to provide them with the science behind this vital information," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Dr. Glenna McCollum. "As the recognized experts, Academy 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 dietitian nutritionists have been appointed as new Academy spokespeople for 2013-2016:

  • Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT, San Francisco, Calif.
    A registered dietitian nutritionist for 25 years, Angelone is a private-practice nutrition consultant. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular nutrition, eating disorders, food sensitivities, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and sports nutrition.
  • Kim Larson, RDN, CD, CSSD, Seattle, Wash.
    An RDN for 31 years, Larson is the founder of Total Health, a corporate wellness consulting company, and the former team dietitian for the Seattle Mariners. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular nutrition, corporate wellness, nutrition policy and advocacy, research, sports nutrition and women's health.
  • Elizabeth "Libby" Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, Philadelphia, Pa.
    A registered dietitian nutritionist for 16 years, Mills is a culinary and nutrition consultant and an adjunct professor at Neumann University. Her areas of expertise include restaurants and culinary, and food safety.
  • Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RDN, CSSD, Nutrition Science Research Specialist, Ellensburg, Wash.
    An RDN for six years, Pritchett is an associate professor and sports dietitian at Central Washington University. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, research and epidemiology and sports nutrition.

Additionally, the Academy reappointed five spokespeople for 2013-2016:

  • Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN, New York City, N.Y.
  • Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, Boston, Mass.
  • Marjorie Nolan Cohn, MS, RD, CDN, ACSM-HFS, New York City, N.Y.
  • Sarah Krieger, MPH, RDN, LD, Tampa, Fla.
  • Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, Pittsburgh, Pa.

More information on the Academy and its spokespeople, including full biographies and headshots, can be found in the Academy's downloadable 2013-2014 Media Guide.


* All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.

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