by Janet D.
Grade 10, New York, 12/8/2012
Gina Keatley is an inspiring, entertaining, and down-to-earth woman who defied the odds and refused to give up. By trusting her gut and following her heart, Gina Keatley turned an unconventional life into a success. She stands as an optimistic, humorous, and heartwarming exploration of how anyone can do the same.
Keatley’s story begins with an extremely impoverished and chaotic childhood that leads to a triumphant adulthood. She has used her past hurdles in life to define her as an unorthodox over the top health advocate. Armed with a B.S. in nutrition from New York University and a decade of professional cooking under her belt Keatley begin working in America’s hardest hit, impoverished and underserved communities. She worked side by side with drug addicts, homeless and immigrant families, creating from the ground up Nourishing USA, a not-for-profit organization that’s mission is nutrition for all. Throwing caution to the wind and embracing that concept of personal food responsibility Gina succeeded where others had failed and she did it her way.
Gina Keatley is a culinary author, award-winning dietitian and founder of Nourishing USA, a community food program that feeds tens-of-thousands across America. Utilizing her professional and educational experiences, Gina has become known for her food-focused appearances, cookbooks, her campaign for the use of fresh foods in low-income areas, and as an American Diabetes Ambassador. She has been recognized for her charity work, being named a 2011 CNN Hero and L’Oreal Woman of Worth. Additionally, The Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, American Culinary Federation and The James Beard Foundation have recognized Gina for her culinary and humanitarian impact.
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