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Dr. P.K. Newby

Nutrition Scientist, Science Communicator, and Author

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Massachusetts
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P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS (“The Nutrition Doctor”), is a scientist and author whose new book is Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She has been forging connections between the biological, behavioral, and environmental aspects of nutrition and food technology for more than two decades with her mantra “From farm to fork, what we eat matters!” She’s an Adjunct Associate Professor and award-winning educator at Harvard and dedicates most of her time to fighting anti-science in all the ways that she can.  She was one of the “best undiscovered cooks” on ABC’s The Taste, where she created globally inspired, plant-based cuisine based on her “Healthy Hedonism” philosophy. She consults regularly and has served as a science advisor to several companies. She holds a doctorate from Harvard, two master’s degrees from Columbia, and served on the faculties at Tufts University and Boston University (Associate Professor) before starting her own company dedicated to science communication. Nutrition confusion ends here.

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P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS (“The Nutrition Doctor”), is a scientist and author with twenty-five years’ experience researching diet-related diseases; studying how people make food choices and their impact on the environment; and teaching why what we eat matters, from farm to fork. Her newest book is Food and Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She previously authored two books with National Geographic (Superfoods in 2016 and Foods for Health in 2014) and two handbooks for Virgin Pulse (Making Healthy Choices: How to Eat in the Work Place and Beyond and Healthy Eating at Work: Four Tips for Employers, both in 2015). She’s a leader in culinary nutrition through her blog Cooking & Eating the PK Way, and she was one of America’s “best undiscovered cooks” on ABC’s The Taste, showcasing her “Healthy Hedonism” philosophy through globally inspired, plant-based cuisine. She consults widely; has served as science advisor to several companies; and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Harvard University, where she is an award-winning educator (Teaching Innovator Award, 2015-16).

Dr. Newby is an internationally recognized expert for her research focused on the total diet—the whole is greater than the sum of its parts—furthering a paradigm shift in nutrition that has indelibly altered the way people, organizations, and policy makers think about food. She’s been talking about the future of food for more than a decade, a subject she spoke about at the USA Pavilion at the 2015 Expo Milan world’s fair dedicated to “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including the competitive Nutrition Leadership Award (Dannon Institute, 2005). She holds a doctorate from Harvard, two master’s degrees from Columbia, and served on the faculties at Tufts University (Research Scientist & Assistant Professor) and Boston University (Associate Professor).

In everything she does, Dr. Newby aims to expand awareness about the role of food in our individual health as well as our shared society and environment. Unlike most other nutrition experts, her broad training across a wide variety of disciplines, including the social-behavioral, environmental, and biological sciences, creates a rich fabric through which she views food problems and solutions, person to planet. She is an expert on health promotion, disease prevention, and sustainable eating who understands the way people think about diet. Her life-long love affair with food also differentiates her from other thought leaders in the nutrition space: she is a gastronome who spent ten years working in restaurant industry, two of which were spent cooking in a neighborhood vegetarian café.

While research has shown that approximately 80% of chronic diseases can be prevented, they remain epidemic in part due to the din of junk-science opinions dominating contemporary nutrition discourse. For this reason, she started her own company in 2012, which aims to bring science back to the forefront of today’s food conversations. Nutrition confusion ends here.

Are you sometimes confused about what to eat for health? Do you want science-based information but don’t know who or what to believe? Do you feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? If so, you’re not alone. But the truth is clear: while nutrition confusion is rampant, scientists know an astounding amount about the power of food. In fact, 80% of chronic diseases are preventable, and diet is the single largest modifiable factor. And we also know how to eat sustainably to protect our planet. In this talk, Dr. P.K. Newby (“The Nutrition Doctor”) will present the “Top Five” facts from her latest book Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018) to help everyday eaters navigate today’s complex dietary landscape. Participants will learn the keys to a health-giving, planet-friendly diet and leave inspired to live their healthiest, most delicious lives. Nutrition confusion ends here.


Gluten-free? Low fat? High protein Paleo? It’s a jungle out there when it comes to deciding what dietary advice will help individuals best achieve optimal health, longevity, and wellbeing. In this presentation, Harvard-trained health expert Dr. P.K. Newby discusses whether there’s any truth behind today’s fads through the lens of nutrition science. During this talk, participants will develop a basic understanding of nutritional biochemistry—no science background needed—and apply it to debunk today’s insidious diet myths. Nutrition confusion ends here.


A whopping eighty percent of chronic diseases can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as diet, yet despite all science has shown too many people suffer needlessly and cut their lives short. Why? Many people don’t know who or what to believe due to pervasive junk science opinions, for one thing, while others are turned off by lackluster diets that don’t fit their lifestyles or tastes. Changing what and how you eat isn’t easy, but it is possible. In this talk, Harvard-trained health expert Dr. P.K. Newby discusses the evidence behind nutrition behavior change, highlighting key skills that make healthy eating easy and delicious through practical, science-based tips that will transform your diet—and your life.


Food is as fundamental to human life as it is for the development of civilization itself. It is also a source of pleasure, a celebration of culture, and a foundation of health and wellbeing. To quote American writer Kurt Vonnegut, “When it comes right down to it, food is practically the whole story every time.” From hunting and gathering to contemporary living in today’s fast-paced, digital world, how we produce food and what we eat is continuously shaped by scientific discovery and engineering ingenuity that dovetail with our ever-evolving dietary preferences—for better and worse. In this talk, Dr. Newby reflects on the human journey from farm to fork, science fiction to science, and paints a picture of what our American Food 2.0 plate will look like as we approach a population of more than 9 billion.


Are you confused about what to eat when it comes to health? Do you want to lose weight but don’t know where to look, or what to believe? Does it seem like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Most people answer with a resounding “Yes!” to at least one of these questions. Indeed, nutrition confusion has reached epidemic proportions in today’s world, and Dr. Newby will discuss why it’s so prevalent and what we can do about it. Yet despite the difficulty consumers have wading through a swamp of conflicting dietary opinions, the good news is that there is an antidote to nutrition confusion. Individuals will learn six steps to sort food fact from nutrition nonsense, learning where to go and what really matters when it comes to diet.


A whopping eighty percent of chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes can be prevented through diet, yet too many people globally—and 1 in 2 American adults in particular—suffer needlessly and cut their lives short. Moreover, what we eat has implications far beyond our own bodies, impacting our communities and environment with each bite we take, each choice we make. Yet despite the insidious culture of anti-science and celebrity nutrition, nutrition scientists know more today about the power of food than ever before. In this talk, Harvard-trained health expert Dr. P.K. Newby highlights key dietary elements that science has shown to promote optimal weight, health, and longevity. And, happily, when it comes to diet, one size doesn’t fit all.


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