EatWell Bites

“EatWell Bites” is a nutrition education series providing practical tips, hands-on demonstrations, and resources to help you make balanced food and lifestyle choices.

Faculty and staff are invited to join the virtual 30-minute webinars, held at 12:15 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Developed as part of USC’S Healthy Campus initiative, EatWell Bites is hosted by a cross-functional EatWell Subcommittee, which is comprised of:

  • Clinical Nutrition at Keck Medicine of USC
  • Institute for Food System Equity, USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Hospitality
  • USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Student Health Center/Keck Medicine of USC
  • USC Transplant Institute/Keck Medicine of USC
  • USC WorkWell Center
  • USC Athletics

To participate

If you have questions, please email Julie Chobdee at

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar 6: Navigating eating during the workday

Thursday, June 6, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Navigating eating during the workday can be tough—whether it’s lack of time for meal prep, the temptation of snacks, or uncertainty about healthy choices. Join us to discover strategies for building nutritious meals and snacks, simple meal prep ideas, and other tips to keep your office meals nutritious, whether you’re working remotely or in a traditional office setting.


Laura Kauffman

Laura Kauffman, MS, RDN
Clinical Preceptor & Internship Coordinator for the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Webinar 2: Optimizing nutrition on the go: smart eating strategies for travel and summer adventures

Thursday, July 11, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Discover how to maintain a healthy diet on the move—whether traveling or enjoying summer activities. Explore convenient, nutritious food choices to fuel energy and well-being during busy schedules and outdoor adventures. Gain valuable insights into smart snack options and mindful meal planning to optimize nutrition wherever you are.


Frida Hovik

Frida Hovik, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian and Clinical Research Coordinator
Department of Neurology

Webinar 3: Dairy and milk alternatives: “Where do you get your calcium?”

Thursday, August 1, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Choosing between dairy milk and its alternatives can be overwhelming with so many options available. Join us as we explore the pros and cons of each type, while unpacking their health benefits, culinary uses, and even taste profiles to help you make informed decisions.


Lisa Statner

Lisa Statner MS, RDN, CSO
Outpatient Oncology Dietitian
Clinical Nutrition

Webinar 4: All about inflammation: how diet can help or harm

Thursday, September 5, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Inflammation may seem like a trendy buzzword but what does it actually mean? In this session, we will look at the latest in evidence-based practices to optimize our diets and address inflammation.


Rachel Lander-Canseco

Rachel Lander-Canseco, MS, RD, CDCES
Oncology Outpatient Dietitian
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Webinar 5: Creating healthy eating habits: tips to make your nutrition goals stick

Thursday, October 3, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Quick diet changes may yield rapid results, but they’re often short-lived. Sustaining healthy eating habits requires thoughtful approaches. Join us today as we explore strategies that foster sustainable healthy dietary habits.


Brittany Gurney

Brittany Gurney, MS, RD, CNSC
Clinical Outpatient Dietitian
Keck Medicine of USC

Webinar 6: Dishing out the truth: unmasking diet myths

Thursday, November 7, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Join us for an informative exploration of nutrition myths and fads with registered dietitian Nick Padula. We’ll examine science-backed evidence to distinguish fact from fiction, providing you with practical, evidence-based tips for making healthier choices in your daily life.


Nick Padula

Nick Padula, MS, RD
Adjunct Lecturer
Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Previous Webinars

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Webinar 1: Healthy planetary diets: eating to support your health and the health of the planet

Thursday, Jan. 11, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Our food system and the foods we eat are harming the environment, which in turn is compromising our ability to produce enough healthy food. In this seminar, we review the many opportunities we have as eaters, food consumers, and citizens to help make sure our diets optimize both our health and environmental sustainability.

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Kayla de la Haye

Kayla de la Haye, PhD
Director, Institute for Food System Equity
USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research

Webinar 2: EatWell on campus: exploring healthy food options on campus

Thursday, Feb. 1, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Ever wonder where to find healthy food choices on the USC campus?  Lindsey Pine, USC Hospitality Dining Dietitian, is here to empower Trojans with the knowledge and tools to make balanced food choices while on campus. Together we’ll navigate the diverse campus dining options, offering insights into the most nutrient-rich selections and the new EatWell branded meal program. Julie Chobdee, WorkWell Center will highlight ways to provide healthier food options at meetings and events.

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Lindsey Pine

Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian
USC Hospitality


Julie Chobdee, MPH
Associate Director, Health & Well-being Program
USC WorkWell Center

Webinar 3: Utilizing nutrition for the everyday athlete

Thursday, Mar. 7, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Learn how a well-designed nutrition plan allows you to perform at your best and how the right balance of nutrients before, during and post-activity can impact performance potential. Also, hear about how USC fuels their athletes to perform at their peak.

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Rachel Suba

Rachel Suba, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD
Director of Sports Nutrition
USC Student Health Keck Medicine of USC

Webinar 4: Well-balanced bites on a budget

Thursday, Apr. 4, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Join us for this engaging session that brings together the expertise of both Lindsey Pine, USC Hospitality Dining Dietitian, and Chef Keith Shutta, Executive Chef for the USC Hotel, Restaurants, and Catering. They will provide practical tips and insights on shopping and preparing healthy food without breaking the bank in addition to a live cooking demo. Learn about cost-effective culinary choices and cooking techniques that prioritize flavor and wellness!

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Lindsey Pine

Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian
USC Hospitality

Chef Keith Shutta

Chef Keith Shutta
Executive Chef
USC Hotel, Restaurants, and Catering
USC Hospitality

Webinar 5: Sugarproof: protect yourself and your family from the dangers of added sugars with simple everyday fixes

Thursday, May 2, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

This session will summarize the detrimental effects of excessive added sugars on health outcomes including obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease and will offer practical advice and strategies for reducing sugar intake, emphasizing the importance of awareness and informed choices.

Join this session for a chance to win a signed copy of “Sugarproof” by Michael I. Goran.

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Michael Goran

Michael I. Goran, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Southern California Center for Latino Health
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Keck School of Medicine

Fall 2023 Webinars

Webinar 1: A Snack a Day Keeps the Hangry Away

Thursday, Sept. 7, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Learn how snacks can keep you full and focused between meals. Tips on how to build a better snack will be shared!

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Holly Wells, MS, RD
Bariatric Dietitian
Keck Medicine of USC – Department of Surgery

Webinar 2: Observe, Savor, Eat: Learn to be a Mindful Eater

Thursday, Oct. 5, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Bring a snack and your senses. Together, we will explore the intention and benefits of mindful eating through discussion and participation in an experiential learning opportunity.

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Michelle D. Katz MS, RD, MPH, CHES
Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Education Specialist
USC Student Health Center Keck Medicine of USC

Webinar 3: Prep Like a Pro: Unveiling the Secrets of Successful Meal Prepping

Thursday, Nov. 2, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Chef Nathan Martinez and culinary dietitian Lindsey Pine are teaming up to show you the essentials of basic meal prep and meal planning. They will share valuable time-saving strategies and demonstrate a few simple, delicious recipes to help you incorporate healthier choices into your daily life.

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Chef Nathan Martinez
Senior Kitchen Manager
USC Residential Dining 

Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN, CLT
Registered Dietitian
USC Hospitality

Webinar 4: Decoding Food Labels

Thursday, Dec. 7, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Food labels contain important information meant to guide you toward healthier dietary choices. However, sometimes all the numbers, percentages, and details can leave you confused. In this session, we will learn how to navigate food label terminology so you can make informed choices when food shopping.

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Susan Kim, MS, RDN, CCTD
Nutrition & Wellness Manager
USC Transplant Institute
Keck Medicine of USC