MS, RD, NSCA-CPT
As a Manager of Program Development, Molly Wangsgaard helps to drive the development of the Jenny Craig menus, program materials and counseling strategies utilized by staff and clients. Ms. Wangsgaard also provides technical expertise in the creation of non-food products such as cookbooks, activity tools and motivational products, offers content for the Jenny Craig Website, and directs the enrollment of clients with special health conditions, such as insulin-dependent diabetes.
Prior to joining Jenny Craig, Ms. Wangsgaard served as program dietitian for the Vanderbilt Center for Surgical Weight Loss, where she counseled bariatric surgery patients before and after weight loss surgery and assisted in the creation of nutrition protocols and program materials. She also served as sports dietitian for the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department, where she consulted with teams and counseled individual athletes for improved sports performance and body weight issues. Before that, she was an inpatient clinical dietitian for Vanderbilt University Hospital, working primarily with surgery patients, and an outpatient clinical dietitian for Vanderbilt's Nutrition Clinic, where she advised adolescents and adults in the areas of weight management, heart health, sports nutrition, and general health improvement. During this time, she also served as the Weight Management Newsletter editor for the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
Ms. Wangsgaard received Bachelor of Science degrees summa cum laude in human nutrition and kinesiology from Kansas State University, and a Master of Science degree in human nutrition, foods and exercise from Virginia Tech. She was awarded the designation of Registered Dietitian after completing a dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Ms. Wangsgaard is a member of the ADA; the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN) Dietetics Practice Group (DPG); and the Weight Management (WM) DPG where she serves on the symposium committee. In addition, she holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from ADA's Commission on Dietetic Registration; the Health Promotion Director certification from The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas; Group Fitness Instructor certification from the American Council on Exercise; and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association—Certified Personal Trainer.