Director, Nutrition and Physical Activity, American Cancer Society
Colleen is a registered dietitian who has worked in the health promotion field for more than 20 years. As the director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society, she has been instrumental in developing strategies to increase awareness of the importance of diet and exercise for chronic disease prevention and management, and to create changes in schools, worksites and communities that can help improve healthy lifestyles.
Colleen has extensive media and public speaking experience. She has appeared on national broadcasts, including CNN, Headline News, Discovery Health and the Do It Yourself Network, as well as numerous local news and cable television shows. She is frequently quoted in nationwide publications including USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She has also been quoted in a variety of consumer magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Child, Fitness and others.
Colleen is a co-author of The American Cancer Society's Great American Eat Right Cookbook, and has contributed to a variety of other books, including The American Cancer Society's Healthy Eating Cookbook, Kids First Cookbook, Celebrate! Healthy Entertaining for Any Occasion, Good For You! Reducing Your Risk of Developing Cancer, Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer, What to Eat During Cancer Treatment, and Energy Balance and Cancer. She is a frequent presenter at both scientific and consumer meetings, and has authored numerous scientific and consumer articles on nutrition and physical activity.
Colleen has a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Miami University and a Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition, with a minor in exercise science, from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and its Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, Weight Management, and Oncology Nutrition practice groups, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine.