Virginia Messina, MPH, RD has more than 25 years of experience in the field of vegetarian and vegan nutrition. She is a founding member of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and serves on the group’s newsletter editorial board. She has twice co-authored the Academy’s Position on Vegetarian Diets and is the co-author of papers on plant-based nutrition and soyfoods nutrition. Ms. Messina is co-author of three popular books on vegan nutrition: Vegan for Life¸ Vegan for Her, and Never Too Late to Go Vegan. She also co-authored the first vegetarian textbook for health professionals, The Dietitians’ Guide to Vegetarian Diets, now in its third edition.
She serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit organizations that produce educational materials on vegetarian diets, is a regular contributor to online health magazines and websites, and speaks about plant-based nutrition at events for both the public and health professionals.
Prior to focusing her efforts on vegan nutrition, Ms. Messina was on the faculty of Central Michigan University, where she taught courses on general nutrition, lifecycle nutrition, and nutrition education to dietetics students. She was also a dietitian with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and was director of nutrition services for George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.