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 their career as an RDN and wasted no time in making a notable splash in the nutrition community.
FoodMinds would like to introduce the 2018 inaugural class of upwaRD™! These individuals have proven to be leaders as up and coming RDNs in their communities. They demonstrate innovation, dedication, and excellence in communication within the field of nutrition and dietetics. Congratulations to our winners.
We look forward to expanding our class of up-and-coming RDNs in 2019!
Jonathan is a New York City-based registered dietitian nutritionist. He is a certified personal trainer, board certified specialist in gerontological nutrition, and a board-certified case manager. Jonathan is the owner of Genki Nutrition, doing nutrition counseling, media and recipe development and analysis.
In addition, he is also the food director for the lifestyle magazine, Guild Magazine, curating nutrition professionals and food-styling photo shoots. Finally, he is working full-time as the telehealth dietitian for Healthfirst, an insurance company, counseling the underserved elderly in managed long-term care.
Jonathan earned his bachelor degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. He then completed his MBA and coordinated program in dietetics at Dominican University in Chicago, Illinois. Before and during his internship, he was awarded "Diet-Technician Registered of the Year" from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. From 2017-2018, he was also named Top Pro from dietspotlight.com
Jonathan is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the online professional development coordinator for the National Organization of Men in Nutrition.
Amy is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist in the New York City area. She's completed and written more than 1,000 media interviews and freelance articles for top-tier publications.
Amy is a former nutrition and health editor for Prevention, Health, Parents, American Baby, Weight Watchers Magazine, and WeightWatchers.com - and now authors nutrition articles for publications including FoodNetwork.com, ReadersDigest.com, NBCNews.com, EverydayHealth.com, and many more.
Additionally, Amy serves as a spokesperson and consultant - and develops recipes for brands, commodity boards, and her blog, Amy's Eat List. She also co-runs an e-course, Master the Media, to help other registered dietitians get their names in the news.
Award-winning author and global nutrition entrepreneur, Dr. Sylvia Klinger is founder of Hispanic Food Communications, a nutrition communication and culinary consulting company.
It's her Hispanic background that has fueled her passion for nutrition, which has led her to empower and encourage those in her community through the food (recipes) they make in their kitchens. Understanding that everyone's needs are different, Sylvia seeks to individualize nutrition so that it can be highly beneficial experience to us all during the unique journey we are here to live.
It has been through the study of nutrition and her experiences growing up in a Hispanic home that Sylvia has realized the power nutrition has; the power to glue people together, no matter who they are or where they come from. She is relentlessly passionate about helping people fall in love with the process of creating and enjoying delicious but, most importantly, nutritious foods.