Miriam E. Nelson is the UNH deputy chief sustainability officer and director of the Sustainability Institute.
Most recently, Nelson served as associate dean of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and professor of nutrition at its Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She was a member of the Tufts faculty from 1990-2015, serving as the founding director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention. She has published extensive scholarly work on food policy, public health and civic engagement. In addition, Nelson is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times bestselling “Strong Women Stay Young” and eight others in the “Strong Women” series. Her research has been the foundation of the StrongWomen Program, a community-based public health program for women implemented in more than 35 states.
In addition to her original scholarship, Dr. Nelson has contributed broadly to public policy initiatives. In 2008 she served as the vice-chair of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also served on the 2010 and 2015 respective Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees (DGAC) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Within the 2015 DGAC, Dr. Nelson spearheaded the influential work on dietary guidance and sustainability. From 2011 to 2014 Dr. Nelson served as a member of the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (chairing in 2013).