Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD
Janice Newell Bissex is a nutrition consultant, speaker, spokesperson, and author of three cookbooks: The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Playful Mandala Food Designs for Kids and Adults (M3 Press, 2015), No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms (M3 Press, 2011) and The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time (Broadway Books, 2004). She received her undergraduate degree in Food & Nutrition from University of Maine, and her Master of Science in Nutrition from Boston University. She has completed training both at the Culinary Institute of America and the Intermediate Wine Program at Boston University.
Her professional experience includes Nutrition Director for the New England Heart Center in Boston and Sales Manager for Practorcare, a nutrition software company. For four years, Janice was the Nutrition Consultant to the U.S. Senate in Washington, DC, where she worked with U.S. Senators, their spouses, and foodservice personnel. After leaving the Senate, Janice spent ten years at Boston Harbor Hotel, consulting with the hotel’s award-winning executive chef and counseling clients at the hotel’s health club. There, she created “Food & Wine for Life,” an annual event featuring nutrition seminars and cooking demonstrations.
A resource for local and national media, Janice has appeared on CNN, PBS, New England Cable News, Fox5-DC, Good Day Atlanta, and conducted dozens of live TV interviews nationwide. Her books have been featured in Newsweek, The Boston Parents’ Paper, Reader’s Digest, The Oregonian, The Boston Herald, and Parents magazine. Janice has completed numerous radio interviews and is a sought-after speaker for conferences and special events, many of which incorporate cooking demonstrations.
Janice champions good nutrition on her website, MealMakeoverMoms.com, which serves as a resource for parents in search of realistic and practical ways to improve the family diet. Visitors can listen to her Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, read her award-winning Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen blog, watch cooking videos, try the kid-friendly recipes, and more. Janice wrote a monthly Meal Makeover column for Nick Jr. Family Magazine, and has contributed to Kiwi Magazine, Live Well Digest, and Relish Magazine.
Janice has received numerous awards throughout her career, including Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 1993. She received the 2015 Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and her podcast was a finalist for the 2012 IACP best culinary audio program award. Her website was a finalist in the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award in the Most Awesome Recipes for the Whole Family category. She was recently named by Babble.com as one of the Top 50 Best Mom Food Bloggers on the web, and her blog was nominated by Foodbuzz for Best Family Food Blog in 2009 (she lost to the Pioneer Woman).
Janice is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, having served in various capacities including President of the Massachusetts Dietetic Association. She is a founding member and Past Chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals (FCP) practice group of the Academy and a member of Nutrition Entrepreneurs. She also serves on the Nutrition Advisory Boards at Johnson & Wales University and Dunkin Brands. Janice was a Trustee at a local charter school for 17 years, and advocated for healthier school meals. Janice lives in Melrose, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.