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New Year, New (Kidney Healthy) Diet!

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New Year, New (Kidney Healthy) Diet!

Please join us for a cooking demonstration and panel discussion! We’re excited to welcome back Chef JJ Johnson to the NephU & NephChef communities. In this webinar, he is joined by Patient Advocate Lisa Belk, as well as Registered Dietician Misty Nason for a panel discussion. As always, Chef JJ will bring his culinary flair to a delicious kidney healthy recipe. Registered Dietician and Nutritionist Misty Nason will bring her expertise in renal nutrition to discuss important features of the kidney healthy diet. Special guest Lisa Belk will candidly describe her journey of kidney disease diagnosis and management. She will also share tips on how to motivate yourself to adopt a kidney healthy diet.

Did You Know?

  • January is a great time to set goals you’d like to accomplish in the new year!
  • Adopting a kidney healthy diet can help delay kidney disease progression and improve future outcomes.

Why Attend This Webinar?

  • For the first time on NephU a Chef, Patient, and Registered Dietitian come together to provide three unique perspectives on adopting a kidney healthy diet. You won’t want to miss this enlightening dialogue!

What You Will Learn

In this episode:

  • Cook alongside Chef JJ as he prepares a delicious kidney friendly meal from his new cookbook The Simple Art of Rice, which was named on the New York Times Best Cookbooks of 2023 list
    • Black Rice Salad
  • Misty Nason will provide context and nutritional profiles of Chef JJ’s recipe
  • Lisa Belk will describe her journey as a kidney disease patient and why she is so passionate about advocating for other patients

Chef JJ Johnson 

Chef JJ Johnson 

Chef, TV Personality, & Author

Cultural tastemaker, family man and renowned American chef, JJ Johnson is most recognized for his innovative approach to African Caribbean cuisine. His work has earned him numerous accolades, including the James Beard Foundation Book Award and a two-time spot on the nation’s Restaurant News Power List. He has been featured on a variety of TV shows including Food Network’s Chopped, Netflix’s Street Food, Selena + Chef on HBO Max, and hosts his own show, ‘Just Eats with Chef JJ’ airing for its fifth season on TV One’s network Cleo TV this fall. Chef JJ’s highly anticipated cookbook, The Simple Art of Rice: Recipes from Around the World for the Heart of Your Table, will be released in September 2023. At FIELDTRIP, JJ’s rapidly growing multi-unit fast casual rice bowl concept, he champions sustainability, working with local rice farmers and producers to source the freshest ingredients. With four locations throughout New York City, he is a community advocate for food justice and equity raising awareness within the industry. JJ also has a restaurant concept, E&J slated to launch in August with Mark Lowry and the team at Wonder Foods.

Lisa Belk

Lisa Belk

Patient Advocate

Lisa is located in New Jersey and consults and advocates for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and in addition more specifically Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Misty Nason

Misty Nason, RD, CSR, CD

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Founder, Viva Nutrition Counseling, LLC

Ms Nason obtained her degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Washington State University in 1998 and is board certified in renal nutrition. She has over 22 years of clinical nutrition experience and has worked with people who have chronic kidney disease for over 20 years, both early stage CKD and requiring dialysis treatment. Ms Nason has been a speaker on chronic kidney disease for local, state, and regional conferences. She also has a passion for providing nutrition counseling for diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, plant-based eating, and sports nutrition. Ms Nason is currently providing nutrition therapy in an in-center dialysis clinic with the addition of home dialysis modalities. She founded her own practice, Viva Nutrition Counseling LLC, with an emphasis on providing CKD Medical Nutrition Therapy to aid in facilitating slowing progression of CKD and bone mineral abnormalities, prevention, and to promote overall health.

Andrea Mohindra

Andrea Mohindra, PharmD

Nephrology Medical Science Liaison

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Andrea Mohindra, PharmD, is a Nephrology Medical Science Liaison covering New York City & Long Island. She earned her PharmD at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, RI. Prior to joining Otsuka in 2021, Dr Mohindra held various leadership roles in retail pharmacy for 15 years in the NJ and NYC regions. Most recently, she held the role of Doctor Partnership Manager for a retail pharmacy startup company and worked closely with Psychiatrists and Migraine Specialists. She is currently licensed in New Jersey and New York state.

*Chef JJ Johnson, Misty Nason & Lisa Belk are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC). Dr Andrea Mohindra is an employee of OPDC.


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