Constance Brown-Riggs


Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN—an award winning registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics—is the author of The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes (New Page Books, July 2010) and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes (iUniverse, 2006).

Over the course of her career, she has established herself as an expert on the subject of nutrition, diabetes and the cultural issues that impact the health and healthcare of people of color. Her ability to translate her extensive academic and clinical knowledge of medical nutrition into clear, understandable terms have made her a nationally respected and much sought-after speaker, educator and author. Her work has appeared in books for health professionals and healthcare consumers, and she has been a featured expert in national magazines such as Essence, Heart and Soul, Real Health and Diabetic Cooking.

Through her active nutrition counseling practice in New York, she sees hundreds of individual patients. She also conducts diabetes education workshops and seminars—for schools, churches and other organizations—which reach thousands of people each year.

She is past president of both the 5,000-member New York State Dietetic Association and of the Long Island Dietetic Association, a 500-member organization. And she is currently a national spokesperson with a specialty in African-American Nutrition for the American Dietetic Association. Her professional honors include 2009 Distinguished Dietitian Award from the New York State Dietetic Association and 2007 Diabetes Educator of the Year from the American Dietetic Association Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group.

She is passionate about creating opportunities to spread the word about health and nutrition, and developing educational tools which shorten the cultural distance between patients and caregivers. Every aspect of her work supports that mission. Learn more about her work at, follow her on twitter  and on Facebook become a fan of The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes,



  • Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


  • Long Island, NY