Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, is a nationally known public health nutrition expert and is president and founder of HEALTHY DINING. As the dynamic leader of a mission that integrates the brainpower, artistry and passion of chefs, restaurateurs, registered dietitians, master’s level public health influencers, PhD researchers, communication strategists, digital experts and a board of directors, Anita is actively creating a healthier America – in a delicious way, every day.
For more than twenty years, Anita has led HEALTHY DINING from a Southern California focus to a nationwide enterprise, now the largest-ever restaurant industry nutrition initiative. Her burning passion to unite optimal health with the culinary artistry of the restaurant industry has led to a robust and growing company that showcases a diverse selection of dietitian-recommended HEALTHY DINING and KIDS LIVEWELL choices from hundreds of restaurant brands nationwide. Participating restaurants and qualifying choices are featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com – the only search engine of its kind designed to empower Americans to dine out with taste and good health in mind.
By leveraging the cutting edge expertise of the integrated team, HEALTHY DINING is a partner to restaurants of all sizes looking to meet their guests’ varying nutrition needs. In addition to the HealthyDiningFinder marketing program, other areas of expertise include nutrient analysis, menu labeling compliance, gluten and allergen identification and healthier preparation methods. Through it all, the core expertise Anita and her team provide includes the strategy and foundation to help restaurants transition in this nutrition focused era without compromising on taste – or brand positioning.
Anita has appeared on scores of national and local television and radio programs and has been featured extensively in print and online media. She writes a HEALTHY DINING column for Nation’s Restaurant News to share best practices and tips for creating and marketing healthful cuisine.
She earned a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in health education from Portland State University in Oregon.
Anita is always happily “at work” even at home, promoting the benefits of healthful eating to her teen and tween daughters and husband.