Meet Our Top Ten

Top Ten Social HealthMakers in 2013: Weight Loss

1 / 11 Meet Our Top Ten

Meet the dynamic individuals included in “SharecareNow 10: Weight Loss.” These bloggers, reporters, personal trainers, dietitians and bestselling authors are all driving meaningful conversations on how to lose weight the healthy way – and keep it off for good. Read on for more about the Top 10 Influencers. For more weight-loss tips, videos and advice, visit our Weight Loss Topic Center.
Liz Vaccariello

2 / 11 Liz Vaccariello

Liz Vaccariello is the editor-in-chief of Reader's Digest and the author of six New York Times bestselling books, including Flat Belly Diet!The Digest Diet and the recently released Digest Diet Cookbook. A staple on the morning news shows Good Morning America and Today, Vaccariello has also appeared on Dr. PhilThe ViewKatieLive! with Regis and KellyExtra and two seasons of The Biggest Loser
Joy Bauer

3 / 11 Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer MS, RD, CDN is one of the nation's leading health authorities. She is the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s Todayshow, the author of several New York Times bestselling books, a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day and the exclusive nutritionist for the New York City Ballet. As creator of and host of the popular YouTube series What the Heck Are You Eating, Bauer continues to be a leader in developing and delivering fresh, cutting-edge health content. 
Maila Frey

4 / 11 Maila Frey

Malia Frey is a professional health and fitness writer and certified personal trainer. She writes as the weight-loss guide at, the Minneapolis Fitness Examiner at and as the blogger for North Memorial Medical Center's Healthy Weight Loss Program. She also provides freelance articles to other web sites, social media and print publications. -- Weight Loss

Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

5 / 11 Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

Cynthia Sass is an author, columnist and registered dietitian with formal culinary training and master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health. She is the nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, a contributing editor at Healthand a columnist for Tennis and Athletes Quarterly. Sass has appeared on numerous national television programs including the Today show,Good Morning America and Nightline, where she shares advice on health topics.
Tony Schober

6 / 11 Tony Schober

Tony Schober is a fitness blogger, certified personal trainer and the founder of Coach Calorie, a site providing health and fitness advice to individuals who share a passion for living a healthy lifestyle. Once used solely as a pen name, Coach Calorie is now a brand that prides itself on providing factual, evidence-based fitness advice to individuals that share a passion for living a healthy lifestyle.
Nanci Hellmich

7 / 11 Nanci Hellmich

Nanci Hellmich has been a life section reporter for USA Today for 30 years. Her coverage includes topics such as diet, nutrition, diabetes and fitness, concentrating on the latest research, trends and new ideas. Hellmich credits her significant weight loss 32 years ago with helping her transition into a health reporting career.
Veronica Noone

8 / 11 Veronica Noone

Veronica Noone is a “Healthy Living” blogger and the founder of numerous health and fitness web sites, including,,, and more. Noone started her career as a health and fitness blogger to keep track of her own weight-loss progress.
Erika Nicole Kendall

9 / 11 Erika Nicole Kendall

Erika Nicole Kendall is the author and founder of “A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss,” an award-winning blog dedicated to documenting Kendall’s weight-loss journey as well as providing health and fitness information to other women on their way to becoming happier and healthier. “A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss” has been featured on NPR, Yahoo!, AOL, and in The New York TimesEssenceHealthShapeThe Huffington PostHeart & Soul and other publications.


A Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss

Diane Carbonell

10 / 11 Diane Carbonell

Diane Carbonell is the founder of, a site devoted to providing tips on healthy living, and the author of 150 Pounds Gone Forever, which describes her own battle with obesity. A blogger since 2009, Carbonell seeks to share her weight-loss expertise with local and national audiences. 


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Jennifer Swafford

11 / 11 Jennifer Swafford

Elementary school teacher Jennifer Swafford is the founder and author of “It Sux To Be Fat,” a blog where she shares her day-to-day experiences in losing more than 100 pounds. Swafford started the blog as a way to share her own weight-loss progress and to help motivate others to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Fitnessmagazine recognized "It Sux To Be Fat" as a Best Weight Loss Blog of 2012.