SuperKids Nutrition editing team is trained and formally educated as Registered Dietitians and/or Nutrition Scientists; learn more about these expertises by reading: Who are Registered Dietitians and Nutrition Scientists. We utilize expert knowledge from a diverse, nationwide group of Registered Dietitians and Nutrition Scientists. Our nutrition resources are evidence-based and reviewed for accuracy and timeliness by our qualified editorial board.
Our nutrition advisory committee helps shape the SuperKids Nutrition vision. Their expertise, passion, and commitment to making a difference through good nutrition in the lives of children help us achieve our mission.
Founder – President and Editor in Chief
Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RDN, CDE is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian and holds a Masters degree in Nutrition Education. Melissa has the Certificate of training for Childhood and Adolescent and Weight Management. She has over 15 years of diverse experience in nutrition management, clinical trials, teaching, media and writing and currently serves as Co-President Elect of the Los Angeles District of the California Dietetic Association. Read more about her children’s book and the Super Crew.
Vice President of Project Development
Claire Haft, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who received a dual Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a pre-dietetics concentration. As a former division 1 athlete at George Washington University, she quickly learned the importance of a healthy lifestyle for performance and overall health. Claire is passionate about helping others find an individualized and sustainable approach with nutrition and activity. Claire is currently VP of Project Development at SuperKids Nutrition and Melissa’s Healthy Living.
Morgan Bookheimer, MS, RD In addition to her work as an editor for SuperKids Nutrition, Morgan Bookheimer, MS, RD, is a Health & Wellbeing Coordinator at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Her work focuses on planning and implementing wellness programming for over 40,000 NYP employees at 7+ hospital sites. Morgan also works as a Virtual Nutrition Specialist for Virtual Health Partners, where she conducts telephonic nutrition counseling and group education classes for the bariatric surgery and gastric balloon patients. Morgan completed her BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University in 2013 and her MS in Nutrition & Public Health as well as her Dietetic Internship at Teachers College in 2016. Find her on Twitter @MorganTBook.
Joanne P. Ikeda, MA, RD is a nationally recognized expert on pediatric obesity and the dietary practices of ethnic and immigrant populations. Ikeda has been a pioneer in conducting community collaborative research on the food habits and dietary quality of California’s low-income immigrant and ethnic populations.
Christen Cooper, Ed.D, MS, RD earned her doctoral degree in nutrition education from Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY). Christen also earned her Master’s degree at Teachers College and completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA). She is the Founding Director of Nutrition Programs and Assistant Professor at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY and has served on SuperKids Nutrition Advisory Committee since it’s launch in 2006. Her current research focuses on nutrition in preschool-age children and the role of child care providers in promoting healthful eating. She has also studied cardiovascular disease risk in low-income immigrant families. You can learn more about her at http://coopernutrition.vpweb.com/.
Dr. Rachel Blaine, DsC, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and nutrition professor at California State University, Long Beach whose research focuses on child feeding etc. She received her doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has years of experience supervising community health programs, freelance writing, conducting research, and developing nutrition educational materials and curricula.
Future Nutrition Experts
SuperKids Nutrition Inc. provides an elective rotation for graduate and undergraduate dietetic/nutrition interns in compliance with strict competency guidelines established by their University and according to the Didactic Program in Dietetics established by the American Dietetic Association. We believe that websites can provide effective nutrition education and helpful health information in the community. A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found websites may be better sources of nutrition information than video games or printed pamphlets in low-income mothers. Students need to understand how to utilize the internet and other technological sources of information as vehicles for promoting healthy eating and educating the public and other health care professionals on the importance of early nutrition intervention. They also need to be aware of how to help consumers discern reputable nutrition sites. Our rotation involves community outreach programs aimed at showing interns first hand just how hungry audiences are for learning the “how to” of healthy eating.
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