About Dr Rachele Pojednic

Rachele Pojednic, PhD, EdM is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Simmons College and a former research fellow at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pojednic’s work has a specific focus on physical activity and nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of non-communicable chronic disease. She is also the founder of the Strong Process Forum, a one day Boston-based wellness conference that includes three curated panels of scientists, farmers, journalists, athletes, clinicians and innovators designed to integrate evidence based knowledge into the health and wellness space. 

Dr. Pojednic received her PhD from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition & Exercise Physiology. Her research at Tufts was completed in the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, where she was awarded the Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  While at Tufts, Dr. Pojednic examined the molecular interaction between human skeletal muscle and vitamin D as well as novel contributions of speed and velocity to overall muscular power with aging. 

Dr. Pojednic serves as co-chair of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Is Medicine® education committee, The American Council on Exercise (ACE) Industry Advisory Panel, and the Reebok Foundation Advisory Board. She is also a council member for the True Health Initiative and a member of the team that founded the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd), an innovative initiative that offers leadership, guidance and resources to advance the adoption and implementation of lifestyle medicine curricula throughout medical education.

Dr. Pojednic has also been an active member of the fitness industry and cycling community for the past 15 years and is a Specialized Women's Ambassador as well as an indoor cycling instructor at Flywheel Sports in Boston. She has been a consultant and writer for several organizations, including Self, Shape, Women's Health, Runners World, Boston Magazine, Joy Bauer and the Today Show and Huffington Post Healthy Living Blog.