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About Suzanne Nelson

Suzanne Nelson is a registered dietician of the American Dietetic Assocation and a nationally recognized youth sports nutritionist. She is currently the sports nutritionist for the University of California, Berkeley athletic department, team nutritionist for the San Francisco 49ers, and a consultant to Velocity Sports Performance in San Carlos, California. She was previously nutrition consultant to the San Francisco Giants and to Stanford University's men's and women's basketball teams, Director of Sports Nutrition for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Washington, and an adjunct Instructor in Nutrition in the Department of Epidemiology.


From 1996 to 1998 she served as Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Immaculata (PA) College. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Nelson was a Research Instructor in Nutrition and Clinical Director at the Weight and Eating Disorders Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she completed a fellowship in adolescent medicine. Additional professional experience includes Director of the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Director of Clinical Trials at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Suzanne was also a consulting nutritionist to USA Wrestling and a member of the nutrition advisory committee for USA Swimming.


Dr. Nelson has contributed to numerous books and peer-reviewed scientific journals on nutrition and is the author or co-author of seven books, including Play Hard, Eat Right: A Parents' Guide to Sports Nutrition for Children (Chronimed Publishing), and Ultimate Sports Nutrition and The Ultimate Sports Nutrition Handbook (2nd ed.)(Bull Publishing). Dr. Nelson is a frequent lecturer on sports nutrition to companies, professional organizations, teams and conferences, and has been a consultant to a number of national sports organizations. Dr. Nelson earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Ursinus College, received a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Drexel University and her Doctor of Science in Nutritional Science from Boston University.