Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Obesity affects more than one-third of U.S. adults, increasing the risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. To combat this growing statistic, National Nutrition Month® in March focuses on the need for greater education around the foods we eat. To help, SharecareNow, powered by WCG, has identified the top influential voices driving online conversation around nutrition – from physicians and registered dietitians, to journalists and international celebrities. Learn more about how proper diet and nutrition affects you.

  • http://www.drweil.com/

    Dr. Andrew Weil is a best-selling author and physician, and a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing-oriented approach which integrates alternative and conventional medicine. He produces the blog, Dr. Andrew Weil's Daily Health Tips, and has written the book Eating Well for Optimum Health, along with many others. Much of Dr. Weil's work focuses on the health concerns of older Americans, as seen in his book Healthy Aging. In addition, Dr. Weil has partnered with restaurateur Sam Fox to open in California and Arizona a series of True Food Kitchen restaurants, which strive to make healthy eating a flavorful and satisfying experience.

  • http://jamieoliver.com/

    Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. He is a highly popular television personality (The Naked Chef  ), but perhaps known most recently for his show/international movement: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. By primarily targeting school food and eating in the home, Jamie has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the growing obesity epidemic that threatens not only our children, but every subsequent generation.

  • http://yourlife.usatoday.com/

    Nanci Hellmich has been a Life section reporter for USA TODAY for nearly 30 years, covering the latest research, cutting-edge trends and new ideas within diet, nutrition, fitness, health and behavior. She has received media excellence awards from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Society for Nutrition and the Obesity Society.

  • http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/author/tara-parker-pope/

    Tara Parker-Pope is a journalist, author and creator of "Well," a daily health blog and weekly column for The New York Times. "Well" features and stories focus primarily on the small, everyday decisions we make about food, family and fun that ultimately influence our long-term health and happiness. The Newswomen's Club of New York recently recognized "Well" as the best blog of 2011.

  • http://nutritionexpert.com/blog/

    Mitzi Dulan, America's Nutrition Expert, is a nationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert who has inspired millions to lose weight and get fit. Mitzi co-authored The All-Pro Diet: Lose Fat, Build Muscle, and Live Like a Champion with NFL player Tony Gonzalez, helping people learn how to eat clean to get lean.

  • http://www.diet-blog.com/

    Nicole German is a registered dietitian who is dedicated to helping others realize that by making nutritious food choices, they can live happy and healthy lives. A University of Georgia graduate with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences focusing on dietetics, Nicole specializes in debunking food myths and the latest fad diets.

  • http://www.hungry-girl.com/

    Before transforming into "Hungry Girl," Lisa Lillien was a respected executive in all forms of entertainment media, including print, online and television. She has held positions in new media, development and production at Nickelodeon, TV Land and Warner Bros. A typical woman battling the same food issues many women struggle with every day, Lisa has tried the latest fad diets, chowing down on low-calorie foods and, of course, ordering everything on the side.

  • http://rebeccascritchfield.wordpress.com/

    Rebecca Scritchfield is a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)-certified Health and Fitness Specialist. She specializes in healthy weight management through lifelong behavior changes, not dieting. Through nutrition counseling, speaking and her work with the media, she advocates a balanced lifestyle of realistic eating, exercise and stress management habits for self-care and wellness. Rebecca believes it's not what you weigh, it's what you do that matters. She is the creator of Diet Detox, MeFirst and Nurture Principles workshops and teleclasses.

  • http://michaelpollan.com/

    For the past 25 years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of four The New York Times bestsellers, and was named to the "2010 TIME 100" list of the most influential people in the world. In 2009, Michael was also named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 "New Thought Leaders."

  • http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/

    In addition to writing, speaking and practicing preventive cardiology, Dr. William Davis is the best-selling author of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. He is the author of the Wheat Belly Blog, focusing primarily on the effects of wheat products on blood sugar, diet, nutrition and overall health. Through this unique approach to diet, Dr. Davis advocates reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease.

Methodology: How is influence measured?

Authors included in the "SharecareNow 10—Nutrition" have demonstrated influence within healthy eating conversations online. Influence is calculated through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 40 individual metrics, including disease-area relevance and online syndication, presence and reach. All metrics are based on content produced over the past year (from the list's publish date) across multiple online channels, including Twitter, blogs, forums, mainstream news and video.

About Sharecare Now | WCG

Sharecare Now, powered by WCG, is the healthcare industry's first and only digital platform offering real-time analytics on patient healthcare trends, conversations and influential authors. The service offers clients access to a suite of tools, research and social media analytics to identify the channels, conversations, authors, article sources, themes and terms most relevant to healthcare brands and organizations online and in real time.

Release: March 26, 2012    |   Source: Sharecare Now, powered by WCG: data on file