Deanna Cornelius has been a nutritionist since earning a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics from the Chicago Medical School in 1999. After many supervised hours working with patients in clinical, group, and private settings, Deanna passed the rigorous Certified Nutrition Specialist exam, earning her CNS designation in 2005. She continuously updates her knowledge with continuing education.
Deanna helped double wellness program participation at the Queen's Medical Center as its Wellness Program Coordinator, and founded Benchmark Wellness, a corporate wellness consultancy that helps employers control costs by designing effective programs to improve employee health. She has written nutrition training curricula for the Hawaii Department of Education School Foodservice Branch, the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, and has trained hundreds of adults to deliver her curriculum in Oahu public elementary schools to thousands of students. Deanna was contracted by the Hawaii Department of Health to write nutrition content for its Healthy Hawaii Initiative, and has also published numerous articles on nutrition. Her worksite wellness manual, published in 2011 and called The Wellness Toolkit, has sold thousands of copies to organizations around the world. Deanna has served as the nutrition expert for the Road to Kona Iron Man Triathlon, presented on nutrition education at the annual Punahou School Teacher Institute, has been a guest nutrition expert on KHON Channel 2 News, and has presented dozens of national webinars on a variety of topics relating to adult nutrition.
In 2011 Deanna and professional chef Christian Schneider founded Salad Envy, a service that sourced local, healthy vegetables and fruits, created amazing salads, and delivered them to the workplace as a wellness initiative. Clients included HMSA, Servco, Matson Navigation, Hawaiian Electric Company, the Hawaii State Legislature, and numerous law firms and small companies. In 2015, Deanna and her crew recognized the need for healthy food for seniors at home. Often, seniors have medical conditions requiring dietary modifications that can be daunting for family members or in-home caregivers to figure out. Salad Envy's sister company, The Happy Bento, was started to address these needs in addition to the basic nutrition needs of older adults.
In 2016 The Happy Bento was asked to provide a healthy lunch option to Oahu schools, and now enjoys serving a student-curated menu to hundreds of kids daily.
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