Being a Registered Dietitian (RD) Jessica Avasthi is an expert in nutritional health and wellbeing, as well as examining how food gets to our plates and how it can feed everyone sustainably.
She was raised in South Africa where she completed her Bachelor of Science and internship in Dietetics. After working in a state hospital, she travelled to the United Kingdom where she worked as a dietitian for the National Health Service (NHS).
Her international travels and work opportunities opened her eyes to local and regional food, cultures, and philosophies around food and health. She has also witnessed the effects of food over and under abundance, as well as challenges and opportunities for food producers and consumers alike in the food system. She supports the notion that health depends not only on good food, but on the system that supports this.
Jessica completed her Masters in Health Sciences at Georgia State University, where she is a part-time instructor. She has worked in the non-profit sector as a community-based dietitian, and has been active in several food system entities, including the Atlanta Local Food Initiative and Georgia Food Policy Council. In the earlier years of Atlanta farmers’ markets, Jessica could be found at the East Atlanta Village Farmers’ Market conducting cooking demos to showcase local produce. She even served an internship with Real Time Farms, visiting farmers, artisans and markets in the Atlanta area to map their efforts through photo-documentary blogging. At present, she serves as a board member for Truly Living Well Center for Natural & Urban Agriculture where she steers the health & wellness initiatives. She has a strong food & nutrition policy background, having served as the Public Policy Coordinator for the Georgia Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, and has recently joined leadership in the Hunger & Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, concerned with food sustainability, under the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
She aspires to help others find their fit in the 21st century food system to support their health, their pockets, and their philosophies.