CHARLES PLATKIN, PhD, JD, MPH, is a nutrition, fitness and public health advocate, whose syndicated health, nutrition and fitness column, the Diet Detective appears in daily newspapers and media outlets throughout the United States. Dr. Platkin is also the founder of DietDetective.com, which offers more than 500 articles and interviews on nutrition, food, and fitness. Platkin is a health expert and blogger featured on Everydayhealth.com and Active.com . Additionally, Platkin is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Hunter College in New York City and the Director of the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center.
Dr. Platkin has been quoted as a health expert in thousands of publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Oprah, Time, Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal, Men’s Health, Shape, Self and Fitness. He has also appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC News Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, CBS’s The Early Show, the BBC, and others. Platkin was the host of WE tv’s series, I Want To Save Your Life.
Platkin, was also the founder of Integrated Wellness Solutions (IWS). IWS worked to develop corporate wellness initiatives including sophisticated online health tools, algorithm based diet and fitness programs, as well as print related content to market health behavior change. IWS also worked with pharmaceutical companies (including Roche and Pfizer) creating digital strategies and tools to assist with patient behavior change. These programs included the first ever Registered Dietitian nutritional counseling via email program with more than 100,000 patients.
Dr. Platkin was the president and founder of Marinex, a forerunner in health consulting and media relations. Additionally, he was the General Counsel and Vice-President of News Communications, Inc., a publicly-traded newspaper and magazine company based in Manhattan that published The Hill in Washington, and Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons, among others.
He is a member of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society), the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and the American Council on Exercise. He is also an ACE certified personal trainer and licensed to practice law in New York State.
Dr. Platkin is the author of seven books. His first book, “Breaking the Pattern” was a bestseller in hardcover; it has been used by addiction clinics to assist patients with resolving drug and alcohol-related issues and more than 20 universities around the country as a text to teach behavioral change techniques to nutrition and dietetic counseling interns. His latest books are The Diet Detective’s Count Down (Simon and Schuster), The Diet Detective’s Calorie Bargain Bible (Simon and Schuster), The Diet Detective’s Diet Starter Kit (Diversion), and The Diet Detective’s All American Diet (Rodale).
Platkin is a co-founder and strategic adviser at Diversion Books (www.DiversionBooks.com), a leading book publisher and Sleep School (SleepSchool.me), a health site devoted to healthy sleeping.
Dr. Platkin is also the founder of The Health Lab (www.thehealthlab.com). The Health Lab collaborates with innovators and entrepreneurs to create sustainable, commercially viable businesses that solve health-related problems. The goal is to fully support innovators who tackle an exceptional, untapped opportunity related to health and wellness.
He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Fordham University, a Master of Public Health from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Florida International University.
Diet Detective TV Show Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVxGgW6YXTw
Diet Detective Information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Fh6r8QTU5Ds
Diet Detective Featured on ABC News Nightline: https://youtu.be/JT9P7dRIiVo
Diet Detective on Mike and Juliet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGtBMJBSrwQ
Diet Detective on Rachel Ray: http://iwellsolutions.com/platkin/rachelray.php.htm
Meet the Diet Detective: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid271548328?bctid=19896554001
Diet Detective on Dr. Oz Show: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/diet-detective-low-calorie-spaghetti-and-meatballs
Grew up in: Mendham, New Jersey
City or town you call home: Brooklyn, New York
As a child you wanted to be: My dreams were split between a pediatrician and an architect but ultimately I found another path
Background and education: BA in International Relations and Public Policy; MA in International Development
Your breakfast this morning: Cold brew with oat milk and a banana with almond butter
Your proudest moment? Building my first garden from scratch last summer and getting to enjoy the fruit of my labor, literally, through fresh and hyper-local veggies
What’s your motto? Everything in moderation
Best advice you have been given? Things don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. Oh and wear good sunscreen.
Favorite food: Pasta
Favorite ingredient: Coffee
Last meal on Earth: Ferricelli with fresh black Italian truffle and buffalo ricotta from Terre, a Slow Food’s certified pasta and natural wine bar in Brooklyn, New York
Food policy social media must follow: @EatFoundation
Grew up in: Long Island
City or town you call home: Astoria, New York
As a child you wanted to be: English Professor
Background and education: Currently pursuing a BA/MA degree in Economics from CUNY Hunter College
Your breakfast this morning: Coffee and dried mangos
Your proudest moment? I actually have two: (1) baptizing my first goddaughter (2) baptizing my second goddaughter
What’s your motto? Yesterday, you said tomorrow
Best advice you have been given? “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” (A Henry James quote, but given to me by an unforgettable English professor.)
Favorite food: Olives
Favorite ingredient: Garlic
Last meal on Earth: A perfectly crisp baked salmon. Warm apple pie topped with ice cream for dessert
Food policy social media must follow: The New Food Economy
Grew up in: Seattle, WA and Beijing, China
City or town you call home: Currently New York City
As a child you wanted to be: Pastry chef
Background and education: A fourth-year undergraduate student at New York University, majoring in Nutrition & Dietetics and Global Public health with a minor in Chinese
Your breakfast this morning: Oat bran cereal with soy milk, a fried egg with avocado on a slice of toast
Your proudest moment? Backpacked by myself through Kenya and Ethiopia for two weeks!
What’s your motto? Do everything to the best of my ability
Best advice you have been given? Don’t sweat the small stuff, make sure you see the big picture
Favorite food: Pho Ga, Vietnamese chicken noodle soup
Favorite ingredient: Egg
Last meal on Earth: My grandma’s cooking, a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese foods
Food policy social media must follow: @marionnestle