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Introducing the MyFitnessPal Scientific Advisory Council

Introducing the MyFitnessPal Scientific Advisory Board | MyFitnessPal
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Today marks a significant milestone for the MyFitnessPal community as we announce the formation of our very first Scientific Advisory Council.

Comprising top-tier experts from a diverse array of specialties within the health and nutrition industry, this council is set to play a pivotal role in guiding our mission of empowering individuals towards improved health and well-being.

A Diverse Council for Diverse Needs

The MyFitnessPal Scientific Advisory Council brings together a collection of distinguished professionals with one common goal: to help our free and Premium members make informed and sustainable nutrition choices.

The council members’ broad range of expertise will help guide the development of nutrition content, tools, and features that support members in achieving their health and nutrition goals.

Without further ado, meet our new Scientific Advisory Board Council Members:

  • Danielle Belardo, MD: Dr. Belardo is a preventive cardiologist and the founder of Precision Preventive Cardiology, a multidisciplinary practice focusing on cardiovascular disease prevention, cardiometabolic health, and weight management. She is the chair of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology Nutrition Committee.
  • Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDCES: Ms. Palinski-Wade specializes in helping her clients – who are typically mothers – manage their blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes. She takes an additive approach to nutrition versus a restrictive one, and works with her clients to figure out how to give them more options so that the changes they make nutritionally are sustainable.
  • Janese Laster, MD: Dr. Laster is board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Obesity Medicine, and nutrition. During her Gastroenterology fellowship she became interested in nutrition and bariatric endoscopy and sought out additional training. She completed the Nestle Clinical Nutrition fellowship program and then an advanced endoscopic bariatric training fellowship with an international expert. Dr. Laster is the founder of Gut Theory Total Digestive Care, a comprehensive weight management practice using evidence-based nutrition, anti-obesity pharmacology, and non-invasive bariatric endoscopic weight loss procedures.
  • Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN: Ms. Feller of Brooklyn-based Maya Feller Nutrition, where her team focuses on the provision of culturally responsive medical nutrition therapy for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mood disorders, and disordered eating. She is author of Eating from Our Roots: 80+ Healthy Home-Cooked Favorites from Cultures Around the World (goop Press), and Co-Host of Well, Now Podcast, Slate’s new wellness podcast.
  • Myles Spar, MD: Dr. Spar is board-certified in Internal and Integrative Medicine, specializing in men’s health, and is the National Medical Director for AndHealth. He helps his patients address the root cause of their condition through five pillars – one being nutrition – to help them reach their health goals. He advocates for his predominantly male patient roster by always focusing on a goal versus wellness and prevention.
  • Nicola Guess, RD, PhD: Dr. Guess is a UK and US registered dietitian with a special interest in the role of nutrition in cardiometabolic disease, particularly Type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She leads clinical trials in nutrition for the University of Oxford, in addition to running her own nutrition consultancy and seeing patients in her clinical practice.
  • Scott Keatley, RD: Mr. Keatley is the co-owner of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy and focuses on managing specific disease states and conditions related to nutrition such as diabetes, obesity, and sports nutrition. A majority of Scott’s clients are males looking to lose weight, but they’re also looking to address longevity and gut health.

Plans For the Future

Aided by the wisdom and guidance of our Scientific Advisory Council, MyFitnessPal strives to continue to innovate and deliver features that align with our aim to be the world’s most trusted companion in your health and nutrition journey.

The council’s role will extend beyond just advice; their active involvement will ensure that our platform remains at the cutting edge of nutritional science, paving the way for new features and plans that are both educational and motivational.

Our Unwavering Commitment

At MyFitnessPal, we have always been dedicated to providing our vast community of over 200 million users with resources to make better food choices. By welcoming our Scientific Advisory Council, we reaffirm our commitment to this cause, allowing our users to benefit from their wealth of knowledge and practical experience.

With one of the largest food databases and an extensive suite of tools and resources, MyFitnessPal is positioned to help you maintain focus on your health goals — now more than ever before.

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The Journey Continues

We recognize that every member’s health trajectory is unique, and we’re thrilled at the prospect of offering more personalized guidance, tools, and support to help you on your path.

The collaboration with our new Scientific Advisory Council is just another step in our commitment to your health and success!

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting opportunity and the many benefits it will bring to the MyFitnessPal family. Here’s to making intelligent food choices and enjoying the sense of progress and accomplishment that comes with it!

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