About

  Our mission

At the Center for Nutrition and Athletics, our goal is to be the source of science-based, credible nutrition information tailored to Personal Trainers, fitness professionals and their clients. This site is funded by the Wheat Foods Council, a non-profit organization of wheat farmers and other members of the wheat industry from around the country.  We’ve harnessed the insights and knowledge of leading nutrition and exercise experts who understand the needs of the Personal Trainer community.  Our mission is very simple: provide you with up-to-date, correct information that will help you and your clients make healthy food choices.  We believe food should feed, fuel, and fortify us.  Understanding the benefits of a healthy diet can be the first step.

Who we are

The Wheat Foods Council is a nonprofit organization formed in 1972 to help increase public awareness of grains, complex carbohydrates, and fiber as essential components of a healthful diet.  The Council is supported voluntarily by wheat producers, millers, bakers, and related industries.

Our experts include

  • Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD is an internationally respected sports nutritionist, weight coach, nutrition author, and workshop leader. She is a registered dietitian (RD) who specializes in nutrition for exercise, health, and the nutritional management of eating disorders. She is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD) and a certified WellCoach.

    • Her more renowned clients that have relied on her expertise in diet for sports conditioning to gain a competitive edge have included members of the Boston Celtics (basketball) and Bruins (ice hockey), as well as many collegiate, elite and Olympic athletes from a variety of sports. She is Team Nutritionist for the Boston Red Sox baseball team.  One of Nancy’s most well-known books is the best selling sports nutrition reference Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook. Over 560,000 copies of this classic book have been enjoyed by health professionals and exercise enthusiasts alike.
    • She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the recipient of their Media Excellence Award, an active member of the Academy’s practice group of sports nutritionists (SCAN), and recipient of SCAN’s Honor Award for Excellence in Practice. Nancy is also a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and recipient of the Honor Award from ACSM’s New England Chapter.
  • Glenn Gaesser, PhD is a professor of Exercise and Wellness in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, and is Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University.  Professor Gaesser has had prior academic appointments at the University of Virginia and UCLA.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Professor Gaesser’s research focuses on the effects of exercise and diet on cardiovascular fitness and health and his work has been published in scientific journals, trade publications, newsletters and Internet sites.  He is the author or co-author of several books, including Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health (Gurze, 2002) and It’s the Calories, Not the Carbs (Trafford/Wheat Foods, 2004).Professor Gaesser has given more than 250 invited regional, national and international presentations to a variety of professional, business, and lay audiences on the subjects of health, fitness and body weight, and is interviewed frequently by the media on these topics.  He has had a number of television appearances, including The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, ABC’s 20/20, World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Dateline NBC, and dozens of regional talk/news shows.  In addition, he has been a guest on more than 75 radio shows in North America and has been interviewed for stories on body weight, fitness and health for more than 100 newspapers and magazines throughout the world.  In 1999 he received a public service award from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders for his “dedication to and promotion of health and rationality concerning body weight and fitness.”
  • Travis Thomas, PhD, RD, CSSD, FAND is an Associate Professor of Clinical & Sports Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences and Director of the Undergraduate Certificate Program in Nutrition for Human Performance at the University of Kentucky.  Throughout his doctoral and postdoctoral studies, Dr. Thomas expanded his clinical nutrition knowledge base to include aspects of exercise physiology, sports nutrition, body composition, and hormone physiology.  Dr. Thomas has more than nine years of experience conducting human studies involving nutrition and exercise interventions across the lifespan.  Over the last 6 years, Dr. Thomas has served as an investigator on several funded research projects that focused on a wide range of nutrition issues associated with the preservation and enhancement of skeletal muscle function and performance.  These studies have included examining the relationship between vitamin D and muscle metabolic function, studies on nutrition and physical function in aging and athletic populations, nutrition interventions to reduce symptoms in patients with advanced heart failure, and investigating nutritional strategies to preserve physical performance and lean body mass in patients with head & neck cancer.  Collectively, this work has resulted in multiple publications and has led to NIH funding to examine the contribution of vitamin D to muscle metabolic function and a national presence in the performance nutrition field.  Dr. Thomas has held multiple national leadership positions for the practice group SCAN and was honored to serve as the lead author representing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the joint position paper “Nutrition and Athletic Performance” published in 2016 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Dietitians of Canada.  Dr. Thomas is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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