IT pros recruited to advance cutting-edge platforms for “the future of eating”
Today, California-based Healthy Dining announced the addition of two information technology professionals to the company’s repertoire of experts.
Steve Palmer and Alex Kang will further the development of Healthy Dining’s new software and digital platforms which are slated to revolutionize “eating” and how Americans personalize dietary recommendations and track nutrients, especially related to dining out, for optimal health. Additionally, the team will develop new software applications designed for the restaurant industry, as well as interfaces for quantified self systems.
Steve Palmer, a technology futurist with decades of experience in the IT world, will lead the development of the company’s technology. Palmer joins Healthy Dining with extensive front- and back-end architectural software development expertise from a variety of industries spanning financial and medical to military and manufacturing. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Palmer began building his career as developing high-end financial analysis software systems with IBM’s mainframes. Over the years, his IT career includes executive roles with Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, Lawry’s Foods Company and InnovaSystems International. Most recently, he has been teaching computer science at Coleman University in San Diego.
Alex Kang, a recent computer science graduate trained by Palmer, adds cutting-edge technology insight to the team.
“Alex has tremendous capability, aptitude and acumen in computer science. I have trained a lot of IT professionals, but Alex stands out from the rest with his exceptional talent,” said Palmer.
“We are thrilled to have Steve and Alex join our team as we amplify our dedication to contribute to a healthier America. Our emerging technologies have exciting potential to make a real difference in the health and quality of life for anyone who eats every day – which is all of us, right?” Jones-Mueller said. “It’s true, each one of us can gain greater health and well-being by personalizing what we eat to be at our very best.”
Healthy Dining’s web and mobile site, HealthyDiningFinder.com, offers the only search engine and media site of its kind, empowering Americans to find the best choices at restaurants to meet personalized nutritional goals. Each restaurant and menu choice is validated by Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians based on qualifying nutrition criteria that emphasizes lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats. More than 4,000 qualifying menu items served at participating restaurants across the nation can be found on HealthyDiningFinder.com, and more are added weekly. Likewise, a Kids LiveWell feature provides a selection of healthful options that younger eaters are sure to enjoy.
Healthy Dining provides Americans with digital tools and resources to find the best restaurant choices for their dietary goals and healthy lifestyles. President and founder Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, launched Healthy Dining by combining the brainpower and creativity of chefs, restaurateurs, health experts, registered dietitians and communication strategists. In collaboration with the National Restaurant Association, the Healthy Dining Program has grown to become the most powerful restaurant industry nutrition initiative in the nation. Healthy Dining’s signature website, HealthyDiningFinder.com, enables millions of nutrition-conscious restaurant diners, as well as those dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other nutrition-related conditions, to easily find dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining choices served at restaurants coast to coast. The site is publicized by influential partners including the American Heart Association, Produce for Better Health, Whole Grains Council and many others dedicated to supporting healthier eating. Additionally, Healthy Dining has been selected by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a variety of restaurant nutrition-related research projects. For more information, please contact Deborah Lawrence, Deb@HealthyDiningFinder.com, 760.809.2622.