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Nourish Interactive Nutrition and Kids Wellness Authors


We are excited to share our writing team.  These wonderful individuals write our articles for parents and stories for children.  Our goal is provide practical solutions to help busy parents promote a healthy lifestyle to their children and families.  Our articles are short and to the point because we know parents don't have time to weed through long articles to find the key points.

Our children writers love to make children smile.  Our goal is to provide cute stories that help children learn the importance of healthy habits.  We use our characters to help role model healthy behaviors and learn valuable lessons.  

Please meet our writing team: 


Alyssa Simon, Dietetic Intern

Nutrition, health, and wellness writer

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

"Nutrition is my passion and I love helping others live more healthfully. I believe a healthy lifestyle can be taught at any age, but helping children learn at a young age may provide healthy habits they will grow up with!."


Anne Kolker, Nutrition Consultant

MS, Registered Dietitian

Nutrition Consultant for Harker School, Head Start Pre-school and Pacific Athletic Club

Instructor at San Jose State University, Nutrition and Food Science Department Consults, develops and presents nutrition education with a focus on the family

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Menlo Park School District Wellness Committee
Child Health and Fitness Coalition, Santa Clara County
Obesity Task Force, San Mateo County

"I focus my energy on educating children and teenagers about nutrition, food safety and weight management. I believe that kids need to learn in a way that keeps them interested and involved. I have three healthy eaters at home, 3, 6, and 9 and I make nutrition a part of our daily routine by role modeling."


Du'aa Elnoory, Nutrition Consultant

B.S. Public Health, M.S. Food and Nutrition

Nutrition Writer/Blogger, Culinary Instructor and a Nutrition Consultant
Actively working on her Certified Health Education Specialist credentials from the NCHES


Nutrition education has always been a passion of mine, especially that geared towards raising healthy children and families. I believe that a lifetime of good health starts in the kitchen and involves the entire family. Too often we focus on fixing ailments instead of on preventing them through nutritious, whole foods.Through my work with elementary students, I have learned that if nurtured correctly, every child can adopt a healthy diet with a smile!


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Lisa Hinz PhD, Licensed clinical psychologist, registered art therapist


Staff psychologist St. Helena Hospital Center for Health Take Ten ® Lifestyle Medicine program; private practice of psychology in St. Helena, California, professor of art therapy Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Member American Psychological Association
Member American Art Therapy Association
As a health psychologist, I counsel people who often have struggled for years with over eating or under eating, obesity or anorexia, and body image dissatisfaction.  I have been looking for occasions to work to prevent some of the unhappiness created by these issues, and writing for Nours hInteractive offers me this opportunity.

Maggie LaBarbera, President


Founded Nourish Interactive Inc, San Mateo, CA

Society of Nutrition Education (SNE)
Get Healthy Task Force, San Mateo County
Network for a Healthy California

"Every positive change, no matter how small, is a step to creating a healthier child. Together we can give children the knowledge, facts and skills to develop healthy habits for a lifetime!"


Maryam Malekian, Public Health Dietitian

MS, Registered Dietitian

Registered dietitian at Public Health Department

Consulting registered dietitian with San Mateo County

Founder and president of

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
San Jose Peninsula District (SJPD) Dietetic Association

"Childhood obesity is becoming a major problem in our society. I have a passion for helping parents improve their children’s health and lifestyle in a practical way that is supported by scientific evidence. I truly believe that education is the backbone for any lifestyle change, therefore as a registered dietitian and nutrition coach I can provide ongoing motivation and support. Together, we can fight diseases with our fork!"


Matthew L. Gines, Holistic Nutrition Counselor

M.S Human Nutrition, CCN

Holistic Wellness Center
Also certified in functional diagnostic nutrition working with patients to administer and analyze labs as well as develop health plans, under the supervision of functional medicine practitioners.

Specializing in herbal supplements and holistic detox as well as holistic nutrition counseling

"I am extremely passionate about healthy lifestyle for children/families as I have a six year old daughter and a family of my own. I know how challenging it can be to eat healthy and juggle a busy life and I know there are many families out there that could use a little help. I can appreciate the vital role healthy food plays especially for the proper growth and development of our children."



Michaela Gorman, Creative Children Writer

Creative Writer

"I enjoy working with children and love to see them smile.  I know that nutrition is important for kids and I just want to help them learn through positive storytelling."


Michelle Mirizzi, Nutrition Consultant

MS, Registered Dietitian

Santa Clara County Office of Education, California

Develops curriculum and teaches nutrition education to elementary school children as well as teachers for after-school programs in Santa Clara County

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Certified Life Counselor in Weight Management

"I am passionate about improving nutrition education and physical activity in the school system. I love working with parents and teachers on fun ways to introduce nutrition and physical activity. As a mother of two small children, I believe strongly in empowering our children so they can make healthier choices."


Noora Mousa, Nutrition Consultant

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, RDN

Wellness Coach

Healthy Cooking Instructor

Founder of “Cook.Taste.Nourish” After School Healthy Cooking Classes and “Eat.Balance.Nourish” Nutrition and Wellness Counseling


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

San Jose Peninsula District (SJPD) Dietetic Association 

“As a registered dietitian and a parent, I am very passionate about the health and wellness of children, and I believe in the importance of teaching them healthy eating habits at an early age.  Providing a healthy environment for children and teenagers will not only help them grow into healthy individuals, but will also help them perform better in school.  I enjoy working with parents and helping them provide healthy and nutritious meals to their families, even the picky eaters! Every child deserves to be HEALTHY and HAPPY!”



Patricia O'Keefe Girbal, Nutrition Researcher

Registered Dietitian

Nutrition Research Associate II, University of California Cooperative Extension, Alameda County

Assist with planning, performance and analysis of applied research and education activities of Nutrition Education Training Academy (NETA) for early childhood educators and parents in Alameda County.

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
San Jose Peninsula District (SJPD) Dietetic Association

"My love for food and cooking compliment my passion to improve the health and well being of our kids. I strive to make food healthy and delicious, while making the activity of cooking a fun learning experience for kids."

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