The Volunteer Advisors to the Nutrition Toolbox provide expert advice from a variety of fields related to food and nutrition…distinguished doctors, scientists, nutritionists, and other related professions. See our list of distinguished Advisors below!
These experts help us interpret and share information in the fields of nutrition, metabolic health, childhood obesity, and diet-related disease. They also provide an ongoing review of our site, and assure that that the information we share is free of commercial bias and questionable nutrition science.
If you have expert advice to offer, please contact us by filling out the form below. We would love to hear from you!
Leslie Lee, MS, RD, CNSC
Leslie is a Registered Dietitian and the Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Institute for Responsible Nutrition. Her passion for diabetes education stems from her own personal journey in which she sought to “fix” her own health with food. When the conventional nutrition rules failed her, she began questioning the dogma, which led her to the inspiring work of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition.
Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
Dr. Lustig is a pediatric neuroendocrinologist and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program at UCSF. He is considered a thought-leader in metabolic health having authored Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. He is also the Co-founder of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition.
Alan Greene, MD
Dr. Greene is a pediatrician in private practice in Palo Alto, CA committed to giving extraordinary care to his patients. In addition, his mission includes improving the health of people around the world, focusing on children. He started his website in 1995 and it has since been cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician web site.” His site, which focuses on kids’ health, has received over 100 million unique users.
Luci Gabel, MA, MBA, ACE, ACSM
Andrea Bloom, MBA
Andrea is the founder and CEO of ConnectWell, a wellness consulting company that designs strategies and implements programs that contain healthcare costs and create a healthy and productive workforce. She has worked for leading healthcare companies, medical device start-ups, and health-related non-profits in her illustrious 20 years of business consulting.
Cindy is a chef, entrepreneur, educator, and author of the Fat Chance Cookbook. She is passionate about sharing the lessons of healthy diet and exercise she has learned and condenses that information into simple, practical solutions that people can use everyday as instructor of Sustainable Hospitality at Mt. Diablo High School and the Founder and Vice Chair of the nonprofit Wellness City Challenge.
Dorothy Mullen, MA
Dorothy is the Founder of The Suppers Programs and a leader in the community gardening movement in central New Jersey. Suppers is a network of nearly free-to-users programs for people who are willing to make diet and lifestyle changes to achieve more vibrant health. Suppers’ design reflects Dorothy’s combining of addictions models, her background in garden-based education, her passion for preparing delicious food, and her respect for the wisdom and longevity of the 12-step process.
Diane Hoch, CHC Nutritional Health Counselor & Chef
Diane founded The Food Evolution in 2010, and is currently its CEO. She is a natural foods educator, chef, health coach, and wellness expert. She has developed a reputation for inventing delicious, nutrient-dense recipes that benefit a variety of demographics, especially those with dietary restrictions. Diane also serves as the President of the Rockland Coalition for Better School Food.
Andy is a Las Vegas–based dietitian with a plant-centric and whole-food focus who takes an interest in food politics, deceptive food marketing, sustainability, and social justice. He is a co-founder and the strategic director of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, a group that advocates for ethical and socially responsible partnerships within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. Uma Pisharody
Uma Pisharody, MD, FAAP is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist practicing at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She is a passionate patient advocate effecting change in the hospital and in her patients’ lives. Dr. Pisharody is a true champion for childhood metabolic health having led the initiative to take juice off the pediatric menu at Swedish. Dr. Pisharody is also a member of the board of the IRN.
Dr. Ed Bauman
Dr. Ed Bauman has been at the forefront of the holistic health and nutrition renaissance for the past 40 years. He is the founder of Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). After studying traditional health and nutrition systems for more than 30 years, Dr. Bauman created the Eating for Health approach, which forms the basis of Bauman College professional and community programs.
Wolfram Alderson, MS, is a lifetime agent for change, working at the intersection of human and environmental health. Wolfram founded the first Certified Farmers’ Markets in California while still a teenager back in the late 1970s. Since then, he has dedicated much of his career to creating change in the food system – in the areas of urban agriculture, school gardens, farmers’ markets, and most recently as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition.
Delaine Eastin is the former 25th California State Superintendent of Public Instruction and was the first woman to be elected to this office. Delaine also represented parts of Alameda and Santa Clara counties in the California State Assembly between 1986 and 1994. Delaine has never retired from public service, and was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership in Washington, DC and then a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland. She now does speaking and consulting. Delaine is an avid reader, gardener, cook, traveler and advocate for children. She serves on a number of boards that support the education, nutrition, health and civic engagement of children from preschool to college.
Dr Aseem Malhotra is a cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and former clinical associate to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. June 2014 – June 2015 He is an active member of Action on Sugar. Known as one of the most outspoken cardiologists in Britain, Dr Aseem Malhotra is successfully leading the campaign against excess sugar consumption.
Michael Prager is a professional speaker, wellbeing coach, and author. His book “Fat Boy Thin Man” provides illumination, sustenance, and hope to those mired in struggles or just plain misery around food. His second book, “Sustainable You,” enlarges the field of view to encompass holistic, healthy change.