Dina Rose, PhD is a sociologist, parent educator, feeding expert and the author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating (Perigee). Dina has been training parents, pediatricians, dietitians, and early childhood educators in the Habits Approach for the past decade. Her work has been featured on TV, radio, and in both print and online news sources. Whether she’s speaking at an intimate gathering of parents, a professional conference, grand rounds or delivering a keynote address, Dina’s message is pragmatic, memorable and so unique it has been called “transformational.”
Dina’s passion for teaching parents about healthy eating habits began when her mother died from obesity-related illnesses at the age of 65. When her daughter was born five months later, Dina knew she wanted to give her child a better—and happier—relationship with food. Because Dina is a sociologist, she began thinking about habits and behavior. Then, as a researcher, she began systematically observing and interviewing parents. What Dina’s research showed was that when parents focus too intensely on nutrition it is easy to inadvertently teach poor eating habits. When parents shift their focus to habits, however, children begin to eat nutritious foods.
Dina has adapted an approach that is familiar to people from years of food pyramids and plate diagrams. It is called the #RoseHabits. Just like teaching children to walk, dress or read, healthy eating is a habit that must be taught. Once you do, children benefit from a lifetime of healthy enjoyment around food.
In addition to writing her own blog, It’s Not About Nutrition, Dina is also a regular contributor to Psychology Today. For media information and testimonials see www.itsnotaboutnutrition.com.