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Daniel J. Schultz
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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, 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,, 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.

Entries by Daniel J. Schultz

Convenience Is King: How to Make Nutritious Foods the Easy and Preferred Choice

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 10:01 AM

In 2014 America reached a tipping point in how we consume food. We are now spending more money at restaurants and fast food establishments than on food meant to be prepared at home. Eight in 10 Americans report eating at fast-food restaurants at least monthly, with...

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The Magical 99-cent Superfood

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 11:13 AM

This superfood is not located on the outer perimeter of the grocery store. It is not necessarily grown in an exotic location. It's a processed food and accessible to almost anyone who shops at a large grocery store. The food has a well-known theme song. You also can purchase them...

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In Defense of School Food

(6) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 1:29 PM

As the deadline for the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act approaches, the debate around school food has reached a cacophony of opinions. The politics of the debate are intense. Jerry Hagstrom at National Journal provided a great overview incase you have not been following the theatrics.

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A New Year's Resolution That Benefits Everyone: Upgrading How We Evaluate and Shape Our Food Environment

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 11:51 AM

A recent report released by the McKinsey Global Institute highlighted the global financial cost of obesity to be around $2 trillion, about the same cost as war and smoking. In the United States alone, we pay $344 billion to manage the healthcare cost of diabetes, a...

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Improving Your Health: How to Find Higher Quality Carbohydrates

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:44 PM

In recent years, dietitians and public health advocates have focused their attention on raising awareness of the health consequences of consuming too many sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) including soda, energy drinks, coffee beverages and juice. The attention is deserved, as these products are essentially liquid sugar and

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A Helpful Guide to Avoid Popular Food Products That Still Contain Trans Fats

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Unfortunately, around one out of every 10 packaged food items still contain some form of trans fats. Food companies make them by adding hydrogen to a vegetable oil to saturate the fatty acids either partially or fully. Food companies are not doing this process because they are evil;...

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10 Strange Tricks to Lose Belly Fat

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Good, I got your attention. I'm sorry I had to use such a low tactic to get you to click this article, but this type of marketing unfortunately works. The reason it was used was to attract confused readers who are looking for ideas on how to lead...

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Feeding People Better: Narrowing the Food Gap

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:15 PM

In America, 1 in 7 people utilize food pantries. Around 47 million citizens use them at least once each year. During my internship at a food pantry in Montana, I saw how much effort is required to ensure that people have food. Food pantries run on the kindness...

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A Back-to-School Message: Emphasize Childhood Health, Not Obesity

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta released a powerful anti-obesity PSA showing a man suffering a heart attack in the ER, which then progresses to an intense flashback to what food choices and activities led to this event. During the PSA you see the man's first person view as an...

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Conveniently Healthy

(7) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:49 PM

About 75 million Americans care about eating healthy and spend around $60 billion annually attempting to do so. The average American will attempt to lose weight four times a year. Unfortunately, all this money is being spent on products such as misleading diet books, supplements, and meal replacements,...

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Healthy Role Model: Please LeBron James, Just Do It

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Sports play a crucial role in many lives. In a 2009 Gallup Poll, 56 percent of Americans would describe themselves as sports fans. Well-known athletes help set standards with our cultural norms and consumer choices. As a sports fan myself, my favorite athletes growing up included the usual...

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The Sweet Precedent of Flavored Milk

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Being from the great state of Wisconsin, I of course grew up consuming milk. No matter which meal of the day, milk was always offered as a beverage option. If you are able to digest dairy and enjoy the flavor, milk can play an important role in providing nutrition. Nonetheless,...

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You Can't Outrun Your Fork

(12) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:46 PM

Let's clarify this point before we dive into the details. Exercise is beneficial, plain and simple. Daily exercise can help relieve stress, decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, and improve sleep and mood. Exercise is also a great "gateway" activity into other healthy habits....

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Win-Win Policy Changes for WIC & Childhood Obesity Rates

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Recent headlines have highlighted the fact that the rate of childhood obesity has decreased by 43 percent. The federal health survey that caused such headlines said that since 2004, obesity rates for children, age two to five, dropped from 14 to 8 percent in 2012. Some...

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Soda Taxes: Leveling the Playing Field

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:47 PM

I have always preferred Pepsi over Coke. For some reason, I had a strong emotional attachment to Pepsi as a child. Accordingly, using one of my favorite athletes and adolescent crushes undoubtedly helped turn me into a loyal Pepsi consumer. As a child of the '90s,...

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Food Swamps, Unhealthy Food Access and Moving Beyond Personal Responsibility

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:07 AM

The concepts of healthy food access and eliminating food deserts are some of the most accepted and promoted nutrition issues in recent years. Public health advocates, food industry representatives and even the White House, have all shown support for the initiative. You would be hard pressed to find...

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Health Benefits

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:28 PM

The time has come for Americans to gain a fresh perspective of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To do so, the first step is to clarify a few facts about the program. In 2012, 46.4 million people were enrolled in the program at a cost of 74.6 billion dollars....

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Betcha Can't Eat Just One

(25) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:29 PM

As I read Michael Moss's new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, I saw myself in it. I grew up as an average American kid in the 1990s, eating and enjoying all of the food items highlighted in Moss' book. Sugary cereal before school. Lunchables pizza...

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'Weight of the Nation': To Win, We Have to Lose

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 4:37 PM

As a child, I once overheard my grandma discussing how big I had gotten - and she wasn't referring to my height. In high school, I would get winded trying to run even a half of a mile, and remained dance-less at my sophomore Valentine's Day dance. I often turned...

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