CHARLES PLATKIN, PhD, JD, MPH, is a nutrition, fitness and public health advocate, whose syndicated health, nutrition and fitness column, the Diet Detective appears in daily newspapers and media outlets throughout the United States. Dr. Platkin is also the founder of foodmedcenter.org, which offers more than 500 articles and interviews on nutrition, food, and fitness. Platkin is a health expert and blogger featured on Everydayhealth.com and Active.com . Additionally, Platkin is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Hunter College in New York City and the Director of the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center.
Dr. Platkin has been quoted as a health expert in thousands of publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Oprah, Time, Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal, Men’s Health, Shape, Self and Fitness. He has also appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC News Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, CBS’s The Early Show, the BBC, and others. Platkin was the host of WE tv’s series, I Want To Save Your Life.
Platkin, was also the founder of Integrated Wellness Solutions (IWS). IWS worked to develop corporate wellness initiatives including sophisticated online health tools, algorithm based diet and fitness programs, as well as print related content to market health behavior change. IWS also worked with pharmaceutical companies (including Roche and Pfizer) creating digital strategies and tools to assist with patient behavior change. These programs included the first ever Registered Dietitian nutritional counseling via email program with more than 100,000 patients.
Dr. Platkin was the president and founder of Marinex, a forerunner in health consulting and media relations. Additionally, he was the General Counsel and Vice-President of News Communications, Inc., a publicly-traded newspaper and magazine company based in Manhattan that published The Hill in Washington, and Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons, among others.
He is a member of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society), the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and the American Council on Exercise. He is also an ACE certified personal trainer and licensed to practice law in New York State.
Dr. Platkin is the author of seven books. His first book, “Breaking the Pattern” was a bestseller in hardcover; it has been used by addiction clinics to assist patients with resolving drug and alcohol-related issues and more than 20 universities around the country as a text to teach behavioral change techniques to nutrition and dietetic counseling interns. His latest books are The Diet Detective’s Count Down (Simon and Schuster), The Diet Detective’s Calorie Bargain Bible (Simon and Schuster), The Diet Detective’s Diet Starter Kit (Diversion), and The Diet Detective’s All American Diet (Rodale).
Platkin is a co-founder and strategic adviser at Diversion Books (www.DiversionBooks.com), a leading book publisher and Sleep School (SleepSchool.me), a health site devoted to healthy sleeping.
Dr. Platkin is also the founder of The Health Lab (www.thehealthlab.com). The Health Lab collaborates with innovators and entrepreneurs to create sustainable, commercially viable businesses that solve health-related problems. The goal is to fully support innovators who tackle an exceptional, untapped opportunity related to health and wellness.
He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Fordham University, a Master of Public Health from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Florida International University.
LEAH BUTZ is a consultant for the Center for Food as Medicine and a Senior Research Associate at the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center. Leah earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, where she studied Linguistics & English. Before coming to the Food Policy Center, she did research under Dr. Janet Randall at the Northeastern University Linguistics & Law Lab, working to improve comprehension of jury instructions.