Dr. Velonda

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Industry Education
Occupation Nutritionist
Location Detroit, Michigan, United States
Introduction I am Dr. Velonda Thompson, Professor, Author, Lecturer and Nutritionist. As fitness and health promotion entrepreneur, I have provided fitness direction for corporate, small businesses, and individuals since 1979. I completed doctoral studies in the field of nutrition and health promotion which led me to become the author of an educational cookbook entitled “Pass the Sweet Potatoes, Please!”. My second educational cookbook, Beyond Candied Yams & Sweet Potato Pie was released April 2012 and I am currently working on my first children’s educational cookbook. When I am not teaching in the college classroom on the ground or on line, I am working as the Manager of the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program for the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion in Detroit, Michigan. I also make time as often as possible for various projects in the community such as Keep Growing Detroit, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, The Detroit Food Policy Council and the Garden Resource Program.
Interests I love cooking (plant based), dancing (Ballroom, Hustle & Step), running (5-10K), race walking (1/2 & full marathons) and biking, museums.
Favorite Music Jazz, Old School Motown
Favorite Books Pass the Sweet Potatoes Please!, Quotable Quotes by Benjamin E. Mays, Food Rules, One Minute Millionaire, Natural Remedies Encyclopedia