Christy Brissette, MS, RD is one of North America’s leading nutrition experts. She is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist and the President of 80 Twenty Nutrition, a Chicago-based nutrition and food consulting company.
Her mission? Ending food confusion and dieting once and for all! Christy’s goal is to provide people with the knowledge and skills they need to love their bodies with healthy, delicious food.
Nutrition is Christy’s passion, and she loves to spread the message that eating well doesn’t have to be hard. It can be fun as long as you use her 80 twenty rule for living a joyful, healthy life! Christy loves to develop creative recipes that focus on healthy ingredients with maximum flavour.
Christy regularly shares her nutrition and weight loss expertise on national and international lifestyle shows and news networks. She writes a monthly column for The Washington Post and also writes for SHAPE, Men’s Health, Prevention, Reader’s Digest and many more about all things nutrition and food. Her writing has been published in over 100 newspapers and magazines around the world.
A sought-after nutrition expert, Christy is regularly interviewed by international TV, radio, print and online media about nutrition and health. Her savvy advice and healthy recipes have been featured in TIME, USA Today, Health.com, WebMD, NBC, U.S. News and World Report, BBC News (in the United Kingdom), SELF, Women’s Health, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and many more.
When she isn’t working with the media, Christy is developing recipes and blogging for her site, 80 Twenty Nutrition. She provides 1-on-1 nutrition counseling and cooking classes to over 100 private clients a year to help them achieve a healthy body weight and manage diabetes, heart disease and digestive health concerns.
In the earlier part of her career, Christy was the dietitian for cancer survivorship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center (PMCC) in Toronto, Canada, one of the top five cancer centers in the world. During her time there, Christy created and delivered innovative nutrition education programs such as interactive live online nutrition and cooking classes that were streamed to other cancer centers across the country. She also wrote and produced nutrition and cooking YouTube videos for cancer patients and cancer survivors.
While at the PMCC, Christy received their prestigious Innovation in Education Award and was recognized for using innovative and creative tools and strategies to foster a supportive learning environment and for stimulating critical thinking and problem solving through mentorship and an innovative approach.
Christy is the recipient of the National Recognition Award from Dietitians of Canada, an honor chosen by her colleagues based on expanding the media footprint of dietitians. As the awards committee put it, “Christy is a role model for other dietitians interested in working with the media and representing the dietetics profession.”
Christy completed an Honors BASc in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University where she later became an Advisory Committee member and guest lecturer. She completed the highly competitive dietetic internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and has a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Toronto. For her Master’s thesis, Christy ran a randomized control trial on the effects of different fibers on weight loss, glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes.
When Christy isn’t busting nutrition myths or sharing creative tips and recipes, she’s running, skiing or hiking with her husband and mini golden doodle Moose.
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