Family Food Experts
Ellen Briggs, Founder of Family Food Experts, President, Food Consultant, Author, has spent most of her career in sales and marketing in the media, advertising, and natural foods industries. She began her Better Food Choices education as a child. Her mother refused to succumb to the original Wonder Bread and T.V. Dinner trends. Organic gardens were found in her family’s yard, a novelty at the time. Over time, all of this made an impression on Ellen. She followed her mother’s better choices lifestyle when she became mother of Deirdre and Justin. After thirty years of either working or being a stay-at-home mom, Ellen started a food consulting business. She began working directly with mothers and kids, guiding them through grocery stores in search of Better Food Choices kids would eat. The foundation of the Better Food Choices concept and related publications and programs were built on these experiences. It has evolved into the Family Food Experts, home of the Kid Kritics Approved Seal. Thousands of hours have been spent with kids, running Kid Kritics Taste Tests, listening to their responses, educating them on food as well as interacting and speaking with moms and dad. She hosted the Better Food Choices Radio show and now hosts the Family Food Experts Network with four other blog mom health professionals. In addition she gives seminars and speaks to large and small groups of moms to help them make better food choices. Her books are Are Your Kids Running on Empty? and the CD Cookbook, Mom, I’m Hungry. What’s for Dinner? Ellen has 2 grown children, 3 grandchildren a following of thousands. Ellen knows kids!
Stacey Antine is a registered dietitian who holds a Master’s of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. Alarmed by the long list of lifestyle diseases (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) faced by children today, she founded HealthBarnÒ USA, Inc. to connect children to natural foods and where they come from.
HealthBarn USA opened its first location at ABMA’s Farm & Market in Wyckoff, NJ in April 2005 and now offers its camp program at Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, in Yorktown Heights, NY. Stacey Antine teaches a wildly popular “Try it, you’ll like it” school assembly program nationwide. Due to the success of the program, Life in Sync, an established nonprofit 501c3 organization has approved HealthBarn USA to be its first recipient to receive funding to help combat the obesity epidemic and diseases associated with weight gain. The positive impact of HealthBarn’s programs is proven effective by research conducted by Columbia University’s Teachers College, the leading nutrition education research institute.
With over 20 years of experience in the field of food and nutrition, and a successful track record of helping thousands of families change their eating habits from fast food to natural food, Stacey Antine, M.S., R.D. is an expert who parents and kids can agree on. Stacey Antine has been featured on The Rachel Ray Show, named women entrepreneur to watch by Business Week, and featured as “Our Hero” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for her dedication to children’s health. She is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, where she received certification in childhood and adolescent weight management and is appointed to the Academy’s RD Communications Council for its National Kids Eat Right campaign.
Stacey Antine aims to help more parents and children get healthy by having fun and raising their nutritional literacy with her first book, APPETITE FOR LIFE: The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to Be a Great Eater—Including Over 100 Kid-Approved Recipes, published in September 2012 by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Kathleen A. Siegel, RD, CDN and Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RD are Registered Dietitians and co-founders of www.NutritionBabes.com, a popular nutrition and wellness website. They are passionate about promoting better health through their “Triad of Wellness,” which equally emphasizes balanced nutrition, exercise and cleaner living. Their mantra, “Think Healthy…not Skinny” is a philosophy they support wholeheartedly. Kathy and Lauren are known for their unique, non-diet approach to weight control. Nutritionbabes.com offers an online intensive Nutrition Boot Camp, as well as individual and family nutrition coaching. Their Babes’ Blog provides invaluable recipes, fitness tips, product recommendations, and tools to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. Fortune 500 companies, schools, charities and many other organizations frequently seek out the NutritionBabes for their enthusiastic and interactive speaking engagements. Kathy and Lauren are advocates in their field, and are active members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Dietetic Practice Groups including Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, and Food and Culinary Professionals. Lauren and Stacey are each mothers of two fast-growing children!
Lisa Schnall, Tracee Yablon-Brenner, R.D.
Family Friendly Dietician
Tracee is a registered dietitian and board-certified holistic health counselor. She is American Dietetic Association-trained in childhood and adolescent weight management as well as an active member of the American Dietetic Association and Pediatric and Weight Management Practice Groups. Tracee has also co-authored two comprehensive and practical guides for family nutrition: Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby, and, Toddler and Simple Food for Busy Families, which recently won a gold National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA) award. She has been featured as an expert in major national publications such as Consumer Reports, Better Homes & Gardens, and Parenting.
Upon witnessing major health challenges for both of her parents as well as her own, Tracee decided to take a closer look at the food that she and her family were putting into their bodies. Compelled to incorporate her love for cooking with nutrition, Tracee combined her knowledge as a dietician with simple yet tasty food preparation. The result? A balanced, healthy lifestyle that she and her busy family could maintain and enjoy for a lifetime.
“No matter what life throws me, I make an effort every day to maintain a healthy, vibrant diet for myself and for my kids. I am totally committed to a Real Food Moms lifestyle, and enjoy showing other families how to obtain it with ease and fun!” Tracee is the mother of two beautiful teenage daughters!
Lisa Model Schnall
With over 14 years of yoga instruction under her belt, Lisa continues to share her passion for this ancient practice as she raises her three children. She began her journey as a yoga instructor in an elementary school classroom. It was such a success that she began teaching adults. As she grew her business, Lisa became truly hooked. For Lisa yoga wasn’t just about getting fit; it was about creating and maintaining a mind-body connection. Throughout the years she has also incorporated a real food lifestyle that has worked for her as a yoga teacher and as a mom.
Lisa studied at The University of Maryland earning a Bachelors of Science in Family Psychology and Health Education. After college, she created and implemented a wellness program for Merrill Lynch in New York. Lisa also has a Masters in Education from New York University.
Dr. Heather Manley, who in 2001 received her medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is a practicing physician whose primary interest is preventative healthcare for families. She is the author of the award winning Human Body Detectives, her children’s educational series of story-telling books, eBooks, and iPhone/iPad apps. She also promotes wellness and naturopathic healthcare on her website drheathernd.com. She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, and is currently at work on the next Human Body Detectives adventure. She can be found on Facebook, on twitter – drheathernd and hbdetectives, and find health news on her Be proactive, Be confident, be healthy blog. Purchase her Human Body Detectives on Amazon: The Lucky Escape, Battle with the Bugs, A Heart Pumping Adventure