Daniel J. Schultz is a public health nutritionist, who aspires to change the social, economic, agricultural and political environment to promote health. His experience of overcoming obesity as a teenager is the catalyst for his work in public health nutrition. He has progressed from barely being able to run half a mile to completing multiple half marathons, a full marathon and century bicycle rides.
After his nutrition coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Daniel dedicated his career to preventing future generations of children from dealing with the struggle of diet related diseases. Daniel served two years with the national service program, FoodCorps, where he program coordinated nutrition education and helped underserved students and families learn to love and get excited about healthy food. Daniel’s service involved helping the Des Moines Public School District with school gardens, local sourcing, after school cooking programs and in-classroom nutrition education.
Additionally, his nutrition career has involved researching the food environments of Wisconsin and Montana and writing articles for websites like Livestrong.com, eHow, and SFGate Healthy Living. His coordinated graduate program in Community Health with an emphasis in Sustainable Food Systems at Montana State University focused on the nutritional implications of government food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Daniel also researched the integration of nutrition and agriculture into the field of dietetics and the unique sustainable food systems concentration for the Montana Dietetic Internship. During his dietetic internship, he also completed an internship at the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion, where he helped assess the public comments for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report.
On a national and local level, Daniel has been an advocate for a healthy food environment and prevention of childhood obesity. His work has been featured on the CBS Evening News, The New York Times Blog by Mark Bittman, Food Politics blog by Marion Nestle, Ecocentric.com, The Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Radio. In 2013, Daniel was selected as the Iowa American Heart Association heart story of the year, which was accompanied by a short documentary of his personal story of dealing with childhood obesity and FoodCorps service. Daniel shares his food policy and nutrition research as a contributor for the Huffington Post Healthy Living, Impact, Politics and Food columns. He has contributed serveral articles that have focused on removing trans fats in our food supply, the impact of athlete-endorsed junk food marketing to children, and the importance of creating a healthy food environment through policy and cultural change.