Our Founders

Debra Wein, MS, RDN, LDN, NSCA-CPT*D, CWPD

Debra Wein is a nationally recognized expert on health and wellness and has designed award winning programs for both individuals and corporations around the world. Debra is the president and co-founder of Sensible Nutrition, Inc. (www.sensiblenutrition.com), a consulting firm of RD’s and personal trainers, established in 1994, that provides nutrition and wellness services to individuals. In addition, Debra is the president and founder of partner company, Wellness Workdays, Inc., a leading provider of corporate wellness programs. Debra has nearly 20 years of experience working in the health and wellness industry. Debra’s interests include bringing the latest developments in nutrition, fitness and wellness to her clients and anyone who will listen. Her goal is to inspire individuals to make simple and positive changes in their lives that improve their lives.

Debra’s success has presented her with a variety of opportunities. She is a recognized faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she teaches undergraduate nutrition and sport nutrition classes. She also teaches graduate nutrition courses at Simmons College in Boston. She has taught for several years and is now a guest lecturer at the Boston Conservatory of Music, teaching proper strategies on nutrition and weight management for their dancers. Debra was invited by the South Shore Medical Center (Atrius Health) to develop their childhood obesity program, “Shape your Future.” She is a regular guest lecturer at MIT and has spoken for the national and regional chapters of NSCA, ACSM and IDEA.

Because of the work she has done with individual clients, athletes, corporations, etc., she receives hundreds of invitations a year to present at a variety of events and to a variety of institutions. Following are some highlights:

  • Debra presented a program to the New England Baptist Hospital for Sports Medicine Physicians and Residents
  • Debra presented a program to the US Coast Guard Guardsmen to help them reach their weight and fitness requirements. She offered one on one counseling, nutrition seminars, review of eating habits and body comp and metabolic testing.
  • Debra presented nutrition and healthy eating for performance seminars to the US Navy Seals
  • Debra presented seminars on supplement use and recommendations for Olympic athletes to USA Olympic Track and Field Coaches
  • Debra presented nutrition marathon training strategies to both Boston Children’s Hospital Marathon Team and the American Liver Foundation’s Marathon Team

Debra was appointed to the President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) in 2012 and is working with prominent alumni to enhance the role of women leaders at Cornell University. She was appointed by Governor Weld to Chair the Women’s subcommittee of the Massachusetts Governors committee on physical fitness and sports and remained through three governor terms. In addition, she chaired conferences for Massachusetts on the state of women’s health. Debra earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. In addition, she is a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator after attending the National Wellness Institute’s certification program with WebMD. Debra is certified as a personal trainer by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-HFI) and The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT*D). Debra holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutritional sciences from Cornell and Columbia Universities.

Christina Economos, Ph.D.

Dr. Economos is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Research Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Dr. Economos received a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University and a doctorate in Nutrition Science from Tufts University. Her research efforts are focused on the interaction between diet, exercise, body composition, and aging, with an emphasis on techniques that accurately measure and interventions that optimally develop and preserve skeletal muscle and bone mass throughout the lifespan. Dr. Economos is dedicated to the continuous development of communication strategies and public health policies that deal with the complex relationships between nutrition, health, disease and human performance. Dr. Economos directed the country's largest statewide osteoporosis prevention initiative for two years prior to joining Tufts. In addition to her teaching and research she serves on the Massachusetts Osteoporosis Awareness Program Advisory Committee, is an appointed member of the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports, and is Vice President of the National Association of Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports.  

 

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