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Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.

Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Hensrud is an associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the medical director for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. He writes and lectures widely on lifestyle- and nutrition-related topics and has authored and helped publish several books, including the best-selling book "The Mayo Clinic Diet" and two award-winning cookbooks.

Stephen L. Kopecky, M.D.

Stephen L. Kopecky, M.D.

Dr. Kopecky is a cardiologist with specialty interest in prevention and is the Director of the Statin Intolerance Clinic. His clinical focus includes expertise in cardiovascular disease prevention and risk factor management, and providing patient care in the Cardiovascular Health Clinic. In addition to his clinical activities, he is a highly acclaimed national and international speaker on cardiovascular disease prevention.

Jennifer A. Welper

Jennifer A. Welper

Welper is a certified executive chef with a degree in both culinary arts and nutrition. As a wellness executive chef in the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, she creates practical healthy meals that are easy for anyone to make. She enjoys teaching people how to efficiently plan and prep meals for everyday healthy living.
Matthew Clark, Ph.D., L.P.

Matthew Clark, Ph.D., L.P.

Dr. Clark is a clinical health psychologist, professor and chair of research in the Department of Psychiatry & Psychology at Mayo Clinic. His research on psychological factors that promote long-term lifestyle change has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in more than 150 scientific publications. Dr. Clark plays competitive tennis to reduce stress and be mindful.

 Michael Jensen, M.D.

Michael Jensen, M.D.

Dr. Jensen is the Thomas J. Watson Jr., Professor in Honor of Dr. Robert L. Frye; a consultant in the Division of Endocrinology and Nutrition; and chair of the Mayo Enterprise Obesity Specialty Council. Dr. Jensen's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years, and he has published in more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters.

Warren Thompson, M.D.

Warren Thompson, M.D.

Dr. Thompson is an associate professor of medicine in Mayo's Graduate School of Medicine and the director of physical activity in the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. He is the course director for the Mayo Medical School course on preventive medicine and public health and has published articles on obesity, physical activity, alcohol and medical education.

Kristin Vickers Douglas, Ph.D., L.P.

Kristin Vickers Douglas, Ph.D., L.P.

Dr. Vickers Douglas is a professor and clinical health psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Mayo Clinic. She is medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Coaching program and director of the Patient Education Research Program. In her clinical practice and research, Dr. Vickers Douglas is an expert in motivating change in health behavior.

Kristine Schmitz, R.D.N., L.D.

Kristine Schmitz, R.D.N., L.D.

Schmitz is clinical nutrition manager of outpatient clinical nutrition and an instructor of nutrition at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. She helps standardize nutrition care by writing and reviewing nutrition guidelines for the outpatient practice and patient-education programs. Schmitz advocates a balanced approach to health that incorporates enjoyable physical activities and whole foods.
Philip T. Hagen, M.D.

Philip T. Hagen, M.D.

Dr. Hagen is vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Division of Preventive Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has developed and served as medical director of multiple Mayo Clinic programs to improve the health of employees of U.S. and international companies for the past 25 years. His goal is to make wellness easy for people to incorporate into their busy lives.
Lisa M. Dierks, R.D.N., L.D.

Lisa M. Dierks, R.D.N., L.D.

Dierks is the Nutrition Manager for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and an instructor of nutrition at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. As a registered dietitian, she is passionate about the role food plays in well-being. Dierks' interest in food began in third grade, when she started cooking meals for her family. She hopes to pass this passion on to her three sons.
Ryan J. Eastman, M.S.

Ryan J. Eastman, M.S.

Eastman is a program manager in the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. He has spent his career at Mayo Clinic determining best practices for both employee and patient wellness. His latest interests lie in activity and assessment, focusing on getting everyone up and moving.