It’s my job (and my pleasure!) to help make healthy eating easy. We find ways to make those new habits stick–for good. Food is meant to be enjoyable and fun, and it’s also meant to help you feel and live well. I love food, and truly enjoy watching my clients discover how eating and lifestyle changes can help them feel and live well!
Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, CWC, CLC (or in plain English, Master’s in Public Health, Registered Dietitian, Certified Wellness Coach and Certified Lactation Counselor)
Cheryl Harris (full bio) has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. She has worked as a Registered Dietitian and nutritionist for the past 12 years and is a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CLC) through the Center for Breastfeeding. Cheryl has attended numerous trainings through the Center for Mind Body Medicine in DC and Tai Sophia, which focus on the health of a whole individual. She also is certified as a Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches.
Cheryl has been honored as the Virginia Dietietics Association Dietetics Leader of the Year for 2012 and received a Leadership Award from Department of Health in DC in 2005. She was a board member for the Celiac Sprue Association for 2012 and she is a board member and Nutrition Advisor for DC Metro Celiac Association 2006-the present.
One of Cheryl’s particular passions is working with people to help them enjoy a healthy gluten-free diet. She has shared her expertise at the Virginia Dietetics Association Annual Conference, guest taught for Institute for Integrative Nutrition, presented at an FDA panel on Gluten in Medications, has been quoted in the Washington Post on a gluten-free diet, discussed gluten sensitivity on on “Let’s Talk Live DC”, chatted on Celiac Radio, and has authored articles and classes for Today’s Dietitian, including “Thyroid and Diet” and Celiac and Thyroid disease . She has been gluten-free for years, and loves sharing her knowledge and skills. She has written articles on gluten free living for the Gluten Intolerance Group, DC Celiacs newsletters, and more. She is a content editor for the Dietitians in Gluten Intolerance subunit of the ADA Medical Nutritional Therapy group. She has given presentations on Celiac Disease and a gluten-free diet for an FDA Panel on Gluten in Medications, Virginia Dietetics Association, Northern Virginia Occupational Health Nurses, DC Celiacs, Chesapeake Bay Area Celiac Support Group, King George Celiac support group, and has been involved in numerous events to support the DC area Celiac community.
For 3.5 years, Cheryl had the pleasure of working with the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, VA., which has a variety of fabulous practitioners that specialize in chronic pain management. Cheryl has worked with DC WIC (Women, Infants and Children) in various capacities for 5 years, where she was honored with a DOH Leadership Award in 2005. She provided nutrition counseling services at Children’s Hospital to a clinic for obese children and teens, taught cooking classes for adults with learning disabilities and serves as a consultant for Mom Made Foods, a local organic baby food company.
Cheryl is passionate about eating well and living vibrantly well, and helping people find balance in their lives, no matter what. She developed food allergies and intolerances several years ago, and learned first hand the challenges and “survival skills” for living well with food restrictions. She considers herself incredibly lucky, because she loves her work and the chance to help others! In her free time, Cheryl can be found digging (playing?) in her organic garden or experimenting (playing?) with gluten-free recipes in her kitchen.
Cheryl is a member of the following professional groups:
- American Dietetics Association
- Medical Nutrition Therapy DPG
- Dietitians in Functional Medicine DPG
- Women’s Health DPG
- Vegetarian Nutrition DPG
- Pediatric Nutrition DPG
- Oncology Nutrition DPG
- Weight Management DPG
- Celiac Sprue Association
- Gluten Intolerance Group