Presenter Bios

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Jennifer Helene Popken-Leeds

Jennifer Helene Popken-Leeds is a powerful health coach, and has transformed her health and life through mindful living. She has become an expert in health and beauty through her international studies and genuine interest in health on all levels.

Acclaimed nationally as a chef seen on Season 3 of MasterChef (FOX TV), Jennifer Helene takes a stand for healthy, delicious food. Appearing in the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, and on FOX morning shows, she shares the power of choice and the far reaching effects on health for the self and for Earth.

Jennifer Helene is inspired by eating and teaching about healthy food abundant with color and wholeness. Her personal interest is in raw, local vegan foods, super foods and tonic herbalism. She aims to cultivate higher awareness about the healthiest food and mental choices possible. She leads groups and individuals toward their breakthrough transformations and creates long-term shifts in their lives.

Through her lifetime struggles with weight and being bound to a wheelchair in early childhood, she knows firsthand the value of being healthy. Her commitment is to share with the world that healthy food tastes great and that there is tremendous freedom in practice and consistently nourishing positive thoughts.

Jennifer Helene holds an MS in holistic nutrition and has extensively traveled the globe studying food as medicine. She is also the most senior representative of Patanajali Yoga from The Institute of Yogic Sciences in Bern, Switzerland.

Chris D'Adamo, PhD

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Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with research interests in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle practices and genetics on human health, as well as outcomes evaluations of multi-modality, whole-practice integrative health interventions and programs.

He received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is currently an assistant professor with dual appointments in the Center for Integrative Medicine within the Department of Family & Community Medicine as well as in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health.

Dr. D’Adamo serves as the director of research at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine and holds an adjunct faculty position in the multi-campus Gerontology Doctoral Program of the University of Maryland. He also serves as a senior program advisor to the Institute for Integrative Health.

Dr. D’Adamo has served as principal investigator on a wide variety of studies, including a large outcomes evaluation conducted across a national collaborative of integrative medicine clinics, exercise as a treatment for chronic disease, the efficacy of dietary supplements in promoting overall health and wellness, therapeutic music for improvement in cancer outcomes, and outcomes evaluations of nutrition, physical activity, and mindfulness meditation programs in urban communities.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. D’Adamo held positions in the federal government as a research analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in industry as a health care management consultant.

In addition to his current academic work, Dr. D’Adamo is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a certified sports nutrition consultant through the International Sports Medicine Association (ISMA). He has received advanced training in mind-body medicine and ayurvedic medicine from the Institute for Integrative Health.

Dr. D’Adamo regularly lectures and conducts workshops on the topic of healthy lifestyles to both public and health care professional audiences, and manages a small exercise and nutritional consulting practice incorporating the latest research findings into program development and support for his clients.

Daniela Troia

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Daniela is the owner and operator of Zia’s, in Towson, and the newly opened, PlantBar, in Belvedere Square Market. Her café and juice bar concepts grew out of her nutritional journey which began in her early 20’s while navigating beginning signs of illness and sheer exhaustion. Reading about and experiencing the benefits of juicing changed her life and landed her years later, supporting a community by serving them juice and raw food.

Growing up in an Italian family, in the restaurant business, she had passion and creativity for food. She followed her passion, graduated with an AA in restaurant management and joined her family business, Café Troia as chef and co-owner. In 2005, after experimenting with her own diet, she opened Zia’s.

Daniela is enjoying embracing this journey by focusing her career on optimal health and sharing it. She enjoys learning daily about all health topics, collaborating with other wellness mentors in the community, practicing yoga, reading & growing spiritually.