Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are food-loving innovators, critical thinkers and altruists who possess a strong desire to positively impact our ever-changing health and nutrition environment. Whether locally, nationally or globally, an RDN has the potential to change the way consumers and brands view, feel and talk about food.
FoodMinds would like to recognize individuals who have recently begun a career as an RDN and have wasted no time in making a notable splash in the nutrition community.
Check back in October for our upwardRD™ class of 2019!
Jim is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist, and owner of three Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, three medical nutrition therapy practices, and a workplace wellness corporation.
He has been quoted in thousands of publications and featured in hundreds of television and radio segments nationwide, including ABC Family, "TODAY," TLC, Radio Disney, GQ, Men's Health, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and much more. Jim is a past spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Recently, Jim received the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. Other honors include receiving the 2012 Healthcare Hero Award, the 2013 Entrepreneur Excellence Award, the 2014 Young Entrepreneur Award, and the 2017 Youngstown State University Alumni Award. White was voted one of the Top 40 Businessmen under 40 in the Hampton Roads region and recognized as Virginia’s Young Dietitian of the Year.
Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Maya Feller Nutrition, a nutrition private practice specialized in nutrition for chronic disease prevention. Maya received her masters of science in clinical nutrition at New York University, where she is adjunct faculty.
When working one on one and with groups, Maya believes in meeting the whole person where they are and using a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to enable each client to meet their unique nutrition-related goals.
To address the difficult and complex health epidemics of non-communicable chronic disease, Maya is dedicated to promoting nutrition education that helps the public to make informed food choices that support health and longevity. Maya shares her approachable, real-food-based solutions with millions of people through regular speaking engagements, writing in local and national publications, via her social media account on Instagram, @mayafellerRD and as a national nutrition expert on "Good Morning America", "The Dr. Oz" Show and more. She is the author of a forthcoming cookbook due out in the fall of 2019.
When she's not hard at work, you may spot Maya out for a run, shopping at the Park Slope Food Co-op or enjoying a delicious meal with her family.
Jackie is a registered dietitian and New York State certified dietitian nutritionist. As Good Housekeeping's nutrition director, she is responsible for the creation, execution and oversight of all the magazine's nutrition-related content across media platforms, including diet and meal planning content; nutrition and health news; product reviews, and Good Housekeeping Seal applications in the food space. She is also responsible for the inception and strategic development of the Good Housekeeping Food and Nutrition Brand Lab and Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem and incubator program that she continues to oversee and expand. Jackie appears regularly on national TV segments on behalf of the brand, including "TODAY," the "Rachael Ray Show," "The Dr. Oz Show," "Inside Edition" and ABC News.
During her stint in the clinical setting, she served as media spokesperson for the Department of Clinical Nutrition and was responsible for the development and implementation of the hospital’s employee weight loss program; diagnostic criteria for malnutrition; and collaborated with researchers on a developing clinical trial examining the effects of diet on the gut microbiome of multiple sclerosis patients.
Since transitioning to magazine journalism in 2014, Jackie has focused on translating clinical and epidemiological research findings into digestible information and real-life strategies for Good Housekeeping. Her first book, “Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked): 11 Science-Based Ways to Eat More, Stress Less, and Feel Great About Your Body,” was released in January 2019 (Grand Central).
Five winners will be selected from all nominees and will be contacted in early September. Our winners will be recognized at a FoodMinds event in October and will be featured on the FoodMinds upwaRD™ webpage. Each winner will also be awarded a $500 cash prize to use toward furthering their food and nutrition career and/or continuing education. See our upwaRD class of 2018 here.