SuperKids Nutrition editing team is trained and formally educated as Registered Dietitians and/or Nutrition Scientists; learn more about this expertise 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.
SuperKids Nutrition Advisory Committee
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.
Meet the Editors
Founder – President and Editor in Chief
Melissa Halas, 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 from George Washington University. As a former division 1 athlete, 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. She founded Nutrigility, a wellness brand focused on nutrition, exercise, and balanced living. Claire serves as a consultant dietitian and guest speaker at Nutrigility. Check out her Instagram accounts, @nutrigility and @claireyourpalate for additional quick, simple recipes, and nutrition tips!
Olivia Minicucci, MS is a Columbia University graduate, where she completed both her dietetic internship and earned a master’s in Nutrition and Exercise. She is passionate about writing and editing and active in social media, https://www.instagram.com/_minifitness/. Olivia is a competitive show jumper and also enjoys weightlifting, running marathons, and skiing. Throughout her academic career, Olivia has published several sports nutrition articles in scientific journals, such as Nutrients and Elsevier. After being in the competitive equestrian community for over a decade, she has become aware of common nutritional and physiological issues among equestrian athletes. Her goal is to apply her academic knowledge to enhance both health and athletic performance of fellow equestrian athletes. Visit her at www.minifitnessdiet.com
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 https://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.