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Erika Ichinose Pijai, MS, RD, CDN

Erika Ichinose Pijai, MS, RD, CDN, is a Registered Dietitian working to improve the health and well-being of New York City individuals and communities.  Erika is the Program Associate for Nutrition and Health Programs for Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York City.  She plans and presents nutrition education workshops in the community, writes nutrition-based newsletters, creates health education materials, oversees the Worksite Wellness Program at her agency, manages the Power-Up New York Program, and coordinates CHANCE program efforts in NYC. CHANCE (Collaborating for Health and Nutrition in Children’s Environments) is a project targeting parents that promotes supportive parenting with nutrition education and physical activities as a means of preventing childhood obesity.  As
the Program Coordinator of the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Erika also oversees nutrition education and cooking demonstrations at New York City farmers’ markets.

In addition, Erika is a nutrition and wellness consultant and speaker for Fit4LifeNYC and Fit4LifeKids. Taking a well-rounded approach to health, Erika is skilled in facilitating group and individual workshops using research-based information and a hands-on, interactive, dialogue-based approach to teaching and counseling. Her expertise lies in educating and counseling individuals across the lifespan on health & nutrition concerns and in translating complex health concepts into easy-to-understand terms and achievable goals.  Erika is currently involved in various community-based initiatives aimed at creating a healthier NYC. In the past, Erika has worked as a junior high and high school nutritionist, and has served as an adjunct professor of nutrition at LaGuardia Community

Erika is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association. She is currently the Treasurer of the Greater New York Dietetic Association, and on the Steering and Envisioning Committee of the New York City Nutrition Education Network.  She holds a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, a recognized certificate program by the ADA and the Commission on Dietetic Registration.  Erika received her MS in Nutrition Education from Columbia University and her BS in Nutritional Sciences-Dietetics from Cornell University.