Jennifer O'Donnell-Giles MS, RD, CSSD
About the instructor
Jennifer joins us with an impressive background. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics who has received a Dual Masters Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University in New York City. Jennifer has been working with youth athletes involved in many sports for over 16 years. She is also a Triathlon coach, a running coach and a certified swim technique specialist.
While Jennifer has a great deal of nutrition based experience (i.e. public speaking, private practice, cardiac rehabilitation, medical nutrition therapy, corporate wellness, and media writing) her passion is sports nutrition. She is well accomplished athlete in her own right. She is a two-time All American triathlete, a two-time member of Team USA, a two-time Ironman finisher a Rev3 Sponsored athlete and a PowerBar Team Elite Sponsored Athlete. She serves as a professional member of the Academy of Food and Nutrition, SCAN (Sports and Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists) and NE (Nutrition Entrepreneurs). Ms. Giles is the former Director of Corporate Wellness at Pfizer Inc. and former Wellness Director of the Farmington Valley Family YMCA. She has conducted wellness workshops in New York and Connecticut for many corporations including Pfizer, Allen and Company, General Electric and Merrill Lynch.
Jennifer Serves on the PowerBar Advisory Board, is the Sports Nutrition Expert for NutriBullet.com and blogs for many online publications including Nutriliving.com, RD411.com, Active.com, Appetite4Health and many more. She is an author and editor for an international nutrition certification program. She has also appeared in Spinervals videos, on Cannondale print and video advertisements and on local news and television shows.
She does all of this while being married to an Ironman athlete and raising four very active and athletic children. Not only does she have the science based sports nutrition knowledge but she puts it into practice for herself, her husband and her children.
Jennifer has made it her mission to educate and motivate youth athletes to consume optimal nutrition in order to gain the advantage in their sport and in their life!