Rachel Begun, MS, RDN is a nationally-recognized registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in food, nutrition and culinary consulting, education and communications. Come March 2015, she will also be a certified natural chef.
Rachel is a consultant to the food industry and food and nutrition advocacy organizations seeking to create a healthier and more sustainable food environment, as well as acting as a spokesperson to help them communicate their efforts. With 14 years of food and nutrition marketing, public relations and media experience, she brings an educated, balanced and strategic approach to advising industry about food, nutrition and culinary issues.
As a nutrition communicator, Rachel educates the public and other health and culinary professionals through public speaking, writing and media work. Living with celiac disease herself, Rachel has a special interest in helping people on special diets to safely and healthfully navigate their food environments. This includes working with the food industry to help them meet the needs of consumers following special diets.
Rachel is a former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a savvy spokesperson, she is regularly called upon to provide food and nutrition expertise to the media. She has conducted thousands of interviews with top media outlets, including ABC News, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, O The Oprah Magazine, Eating Well, Fitness, Shape, Women’s Health, MSNBC, CNN, Doctor Radio, and many more.
She is a contributing editor to Food Management magazine as well as a Scientific/Medical Advisory Council Member for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Advisory Board member for Delicious Living magazine, and Culinary Council Member for the Sterling-Rice Group.
Rachel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a B.A. in Biology and a concentration in pre-medical studies. She earned her M.S. degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City and completed her dietetic internship there as well. Rachel is currently working towards her natural chef certification at Bauman College.
Rachel is an avid tennis and baseball fan and loves hiking, yoga, going to the farmers market, and cooking. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband.