Bio: Melissa Toler is a speaker, writer, and educator. Her work encourages people to make the connection between our culture’s oppressive beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. She has written extensively on diet culture and the toll it takes on our lives and humanity. Her goal is to help people unlearn harmful messages and behaviors from years of chronic dieting. Melissa also has a background as a pharmacist and certified wellness coach.
Bio: is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified exercise physiologist, author of the book Body Kindness, and host of the Body Kindness podcast. Through her weight-inclusive counseling practice, she helps people make peace with food, find the joy in exercise, and create a better life with workable goals that fit individual interests. Central to all her work, Rebecca aims to develop self-compassion in place of shame by rejecting the rules of diet culture and the pervasive myth that to achieve better health one must lose weight. Using her Body Kindness philosophy, Rebecca mentors registered dietitians and supports women from around the world in collaborative, online learning spaces free from unhelpful diet chatter and negative body talk.
Rebecca has influenced millions through her writing, podcast, and appearances in over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, the TODAY show, the Washington Post, O Magazine, Self, Real Simple, Health, Yoga Journal, and many others. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she was recently recognized as one of ten “Supermom” entrepreneurs in the Nation’s Capital. Her website is RebeccaScritchfield.com
Bio: Dr. Nicola Rinaldi has a PhD in biology from MIT. Since experiencing hypothalamic amenorrhea (missing periods) herself, Dr. Rinaldi has been on a mission to spread awareness of the condition and how to recover. In 2016 she published the book “No Period. Now What?” This book is a comprehensive resource that includes much of the medical and scientific research that underlies our current understanding of the triggers for amenorrhea, what steps to take for recovery, and treatments to use for recovery and pregnancy as needed. In addition, Dr. Rinaldi performed the largest survey to date of women who likewise experienced amenorrhea, and includes results from the survey answering many of the common questions women have, such as “How long will it take to recover?” “Will I be able to get pregnant?” and “Will I resume cycling after pregnancy?”.
Finally, the book includes Dr. Rinaldi’s own story along with those of hundreds of other women, providing hope and reassurance to women following in their footsteps. Since publishing “No Period. Now What?” Dr. Rinaldi has been a guest on multiple podcasts, attended the ACSM and SCAN conferences, and presented the winning poster at the 2017 Female Athlete Conference. Visit her website No Period. Now What? to learn more.
Bio: Megrette Fletcher is a cofounder of The Center for Mindful Eating and has served in many positions, including as the 2013-2016 president. She has maintained a daily meditation practice since 1999, and is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has worked at an area hospital for over 18 years. She is a public speaker and author of a number of books, such as The Core Concepts of Mindful Eating: Professional Edition, Discover Mindful Eating for Kids, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes with Michelle May M.D.; Discover Mindful Eating: A resource of handouts for health professionals with Frederick Burggraf. To learn more about Megrette, visit her website at Megrette.com.