Dr. Stella Volpe - 2012 Huffines Discussion Scholar

Dr. Stella Volpe, Ph.D, RD, LDN, FACSM

Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences, Drexel University

"Avoid the Muffin-Top! Obesity Prevention Through Lifestyle Changes"

Dr. Stella Lucia Volpe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University.  She is also Co-Director of their newly established Center for Integrated Nutrition and Performance. Dr. Volpe is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist who has built a program of research focusing on three interrelated areas that traverse the lifespan: 1) obesity and diabetes prevention via mineral supplementation, 2) weight management through diet, exercise and educational programs, and 3) environmental change leading to weight management.  She is presently conducting a randomized controlled trial on the effect of magnesium supplementation on the prevention of the metabolic syndrome.  Dr. Volpe has also become interested in studying the effects of the Human-Animal Interaction on weight loss and health in children and older adults.  Prior to beginning her faculty appointment at Drexel University, Dr. Volpe was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, and previous to that, she was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Dr. Volpe is both a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM]), and a Registered Dietitian.  She is a Fellow of the ACSM and is currently nominated to be a Vice-President of ACSM in the Basic and Applied Sciences area.

Dr. Volpe is a competitive athlete in field hockey, rowing and ice hockey.  She enjoys being active with her family, which includes her German Shepherd dogs, Sasha and Bear.