Registered Dietitian and Certified Athletic Trainer, Lindsay Yarabek joined Food Directions in September 2014. Prior to beginning at Food Directions, Yarabek spent time gaining valuable nutrition policy experience working for two offices within the Department of Health and Human Services: 1) on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans within the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and 2) developing nutrition and health promotion communications strategies with The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN). In addition to HHS, Yarabek expanded upon academic experiences teaching two courses as adjunct professor within the Marymount University Malek School of Health Professions.
Prior to making the move to DC, Yarabek was an Assistant Nutrition Educator through the Drexel University SNAP-Education Program. She taught nutrition classes and after school cooking clubs within the Philadelphia City school system – mostly at the middle and high school levels. She additionally held positions as Research Assistant and Nutrition Interventionist within the University of Pennsylvania Center for Weight and Eating Disorders working as a member of the nutrition intervention team on multiple diet and weight loss studies.
Yarabek is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), serving on the board of AND’s DC section from 2013-2016, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), serving on the board of IFT’s DC Section as Member at Large (2016-2018), and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). She completed her BS degree in Sports Medicine at the University of South Florida and her MS degree in Nutrition at Drexel University. In addition, she is pursuing her PhD in Translational Health Sciences at George Washington University in Washington DC. She currently resides in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood of Washington, DC.