Lisa Talamini has been with Jenny Craig since 1990. She is a Registered Dietitian with more than 20 years of experience in program development for weight management and clinical trial design to improve its effectiveness at helping individuals achieve their weight and health goals. In her current role, Lisa drives the pipeline of clinical research aimed at innovation and ongoing improvement of the Jenny Craig and Curves Programs. She also collaborates in the development and execution of the company’s health care strategy. Acting as company representative in science-based endeavors, Lisa is responsible for both internal and external communications regarding ongoing research initiatives within Jenny Craig as well as new developments across the obesity landscape.
Lisa was instrumental in building the original Jenny Craig Medical Advisory Board, to which she has long acted as key company liaison. Working with the current Science Advisory Board, Lisa and the Jenny Craig team of registered dietitians consistently assure that clients receive a program that is safe, effective and evidence-based.
Throughout the years, Lisa has been responsible for development of many of the Jenny Craig menus, educational materials, cookbooks, activity products and the one-on-one motivation-based counseling approach that is a key differentiator of Jenny Craig. Working with the science advisors and independent researchers, she directed the launch of multiple independent clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of the program for weight loss and diabetes management. Now, she works closely with marketing, product development and operations/training to assure the evidence base behind the Jenny Craig and Curves programs as well as the delivery of their behavioral interventions.
Lisa graduated magna cum laude from California State Polytechnic University with a Bachelor's degree in Foods & Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at LAC-USC Medical Center. She has Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management, Child and Adolescent Weight Management, Mindfulness-based Eating Awareness Techniques and Motivational Interviewing. Prior to joining Jenny Craig, Lisa had a career in pediatric nutrition, focusing on intensive care/nutrition support, diabetes and kidney dialysis and transplant. To stay current in a diverse field, she maintains membership in several specialty practice groups under the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics including Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness, Diabetes Care and Education and Weight Management; as well as The Obesity Society, The Obesity Society Corporate Advisory Council and the American Academy of Diabetes Educators.