Eating Healthy with Kathleen Zelman

It was great working with Jamba Juice to help them in their efforts to make their product line healthier and more nutritious.

Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

I’m excited to launch my new business NO NONSENSE NUTRITION after serving as director of nutrition for WebMD for more than 16 years. As a registered dietitian, writer and nutrition communicator, I have devoted my career to educating professionals and consumers through teaching, writing, professional presentations, webinars and more.

In my spare time I love to play tennis, cook, yoga, travel and most importantly, enjoy my beautiful family.

My Story

My past work experience includes a wide variety of food and nutrition communications from being the nutrition expert for United Healthcare, serving as a contributing editor to the Food & Nutrition Magazine, teaching nutrition at St. Mary’s Dominican College and internship director at Ochsner Medical Institutions and more.

I am so honored that my work in nutrition communications has been recognized and awarded by the following professional organizations:             

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: 2016 Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Award, “in recognition of a distinguished career and remarkable contributions to the dietetics profession” and 2007 Media Excellence Award “contribution and commitment to educating consumers about food and nutrition”

Montclair State University:                     2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

Institute of Food Technologists:              2012 Media Award for Excellence in Consumer Journalism.

The American Society for Nutrition:        2011 Nutrition Science Media Award “for outstanding science and nutrition journalism”.

My media experience started back in 1982 when I wrote an article ‘Rating the Fat Fighters’ analyzing the latest diet trends for the Times Picayune, New Orleans. As a result, I was invited as a guest on a local radio show which ultimately turned into my own weekly radio program for four years.  Getting experience in radio led to being selected as a state media representative and then an American Dietetic Association (ADA) ambassador.   I served 12 years as a national spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly ADA) with over 1000 print and media appearances, including CNN, Good Morning AmericaNBC Nightly NewsThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  I contributed to several books including Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Fork in the Road, Healthy Eating for Babies and Toddlers, and A Harvest of Healing Foods.

My commitment to promoting sound nutrition advice also included being active in local, state, and national dietetic associations. I served as director-at-large on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics board of directors for 3 years, as a trustee of the Georgia Dietetic Foundation, 2 terms to the Academy’s House of Delegates and more. I earned my master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and bachelor of science from Montclair State University.

True Health Iniatiative: Changing Policy, Changing Minds, Improving Lives

Pictured with the founder, David Katz, MD, of the True Health Iniatiative where I serve on the board of directors.

Mother, Wife, Grandmother - My Best Roles

My greatest joy is my family.  My oldest son Andrew, his wife Meghan and their sons, Henry and Luke and my newly wed daughter, Dana and her husband Charlie and my husband David.