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The Dynamic Realm of a Sports Nutritionist

Dr. Nyree Dardarian, a highly accomplished professor at Drexel University and esteemed sports nutritionist, shares her transformative journey within the dynamic realm of sports nutrition. With a background in dietetics and a strong passion for academia, she found her calling in establishing the Center for Nutrition and Performance, propelling her into the world of professional sports teams. As the field continues to expand, Dr. Dardarian envisions an exciting future where sports nutrition integrates seamlessly across various disciplines, enabling individuals to unlock their full potential. She emphasizes the importance of education, personal connections, and adaptability for aspiring nutritionists entering this thriving field.

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Nyree Dardarian

Dr. Nyree Dardarian is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University and Director of the Center for Nutrition & Performance (CNP). She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Dr. Dardarian is also the Director of Sports Nutrition professional sports teams, Philadelphia Union (Major League Soccer, MLS), winners of the Supporters Shield, 2021, and the Philadelphia Flyers (National Hockey League, NHL).

Dr. Dardanian’s work has been on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer twice, most notably for eating at McDonald’s for 30 days. She is a frequent contributor to local and national media including CBS Philly, WHYY, Prevention Magazine, and Women’s Health Magazine on topics ranging from nutrient content, weight management, sports nutrition, and nutrition for specialized populations.

She developed the formulation of Dragon Gels™, an In-sport fuel used exclusively by the teams she supports. Dragon Gels™ is produced, packaged, and distributed through the Metabolic Kitchen, Drexel University.

Her research projects focus on esports, collegiate and professional athlete knowledge and behavior change, resting metabolic rate, and nutrition-centered workplace wellness programs.

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