Jonathan Valdez, RDN, CDE, CPT

Jonathan Valdez

Highlights

  • Owner and founder of Genki Nutrition and practicing registered dietician nutritionist 
  • Certified personal trainer with specializations in gerontological nutrition, sports nutrition, diabetes, lactation, and weight loss and care management 
  • Food director and assistant photographer for the premium lifestyle magazine, Guild Magazine
  • A board certified specialist in gerontological nutrition

Experience

Jonathan Valdez, RDN, CDE, CPT is a registered dietitian nutritionist. He currently works with a health insurance company in Managed Long-Term Care, counseling telephonically. Valdez runs his own private practice, Genki Nutrition, which specializes in nutrition communications, consulting, and wellness. Valdez also serves as the food director and assistant photographer for the premium lifestyle magazine, Guild Magazine. Before becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, he was a Diet Technician, where he won Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year in Hawai'i and then in Illinois.

Valdez is also the New York City and Long Island Media Rep for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics while working in various capacities for commodities assisting with marketing strategies and crisis management. When not helping with nutrition communications, he is developing plant-based recipes for clients.

Valdez has been featured in Askmen.com, Byrdie, Food Network, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Shape Magazine, Women's Health, and Daily Mail.

Education

Jonathan Valdez received his bachelor of science in food science and human nutrition at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and he continued his education for his dietetic internship and Master of Business Administration at the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University in Chicago, Illinois. During his studies, he traveled to Perú and South Africa where he gained an appreciation of different cultures and made nutrition both understandable and accessible to all walks of life.

He is a board certified specialist in Gerontological Nutrition, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist, Board Certified Case Manager, Certified Diabetes Educator, and American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer.

A Word From Jonathan Valdez, RDN, CDE, CPT

My passion for nutrition began in Hawai'i, where I grew up in a diverse culture surrounded by the spirit of Aloha. When my grandmother suffered from type 2 Diabetes, I didn't realize how diet and exercise played a role in both prevention and disease management. After understanding how food and exercise are tied together I set on this journey to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.  The problem I found, was access to high-quality health professionals who change the behaviors of the public. I want to play a role in providing the best evidence-based information that is accessible, understandable, and high-quality and that will empower a positive lifestyle.

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