Author of Lose Your Final 15: Eat 15 Servings, Dr. Ro’s Plan To Eat 15 Servings A Day, Lose 15 Pounds At A Time (Rodale) January, 2017 and of Dr. Ro’s Ten Secrets To Livin’ Healthy (Bantam), Dr.Ro is an award-winning health journalist and television personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness, and health advice for women and families.
Dr. Ro has been a leading nutrition coach for over 2 decades and was named one of the nation’s top 5 nutritionists by More Magazine and Shop Smart (The quick & easy guide from Consumer Reports). She penned a health Column “America’s Nutrition Coach”, for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, distributed to 200 African American newspapers nationwide. Dr. Ro has served as the resident nutritionist and blogger for iVillage.com, the leading health source for women and families online, and joins First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey on the Ebony Power 100 List of the Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. (2010 and 2011). She is the Dr. Oz Show Nutrition Coach who helped over a half-million Americans lose more than 5 million pounds and served on the Medical Advisory Board for the Dr. Oz Show. She recently joined the Advisory Board at Family Circle
Dr. Ro also served as nutrition coach to the Meredith Vieira Show and has held the same post on The View, helping Sherri Shepherd lose weight for her infamous on-camera swimsuit reveal. She contributed to “Anderson Live” Anderson Cooper’s Daytime Talk Show where she helped obese teenagers and families lose weight to gain their lives back. Dr.Ro has contributed to national news outlets such as NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN, HLN, and to National Public Radio, where she also had a weekly segment. She served as lead nutrition coach, to TV-One’s Makeover Manor where she also hosted Livin’ Healthy with Dr. Ro and was the Medical Correspondent to BET News and host of Heart and Soul, the network’s first-ever national health magazine show for women of Color. As the go-to nutrition coach to real people and celebrities nationwide, Dr. Ro has been featured in O Magazine, Quick & Simple, Self, Ebony, Essence, Family Circle, The Dallas Morning News, Memphis Commercial Appeal and numerous national publications. Her book is current book “The Final 15” has been the cover story in Woman’s World Magazine and her first book was recommended by USA Today & New York Daily News as a “must-have” to slim down.
Having lost her mother to stomach cancer at age 9, Dr. Ro has researched and written extensively about ways to break bad health habits—from eating high-calorie comfort foods and resisting exercise to giving up on health goals and taking on the negativity of saboteurs. In her quest to save a generation from early death and preventable disease, her passion recently led her to create a DVD series “Dr. Ro’s Fit Kidz” to teach children fun ways to embrace nutrition and fitness for healthier lifestyles.
Dr. Ro holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences, an M.S. Degree in Community Nutrition and Broadcast Journalism from Howard University, and a B.S. degree in Foods and Nutrition from Virginia State University. As an award-winning nutritionist, she has received many awards, including the Women in Medicine Award from The National Medical Association, and others from The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, and is the recipient of Howard University’s Most Distinguished Ph.D. alumnae award (1998 and 2002). Dr. Ro is Nutrition Director at Dr. Riggins’Medical Aesthetic Skin Care (MASC) in Gadsden, Alabama, a medical aesthetic practice co-owned with her husband, Dr. Murray Riggins. For more on Dr. Ro’s healthy lifestyles platform visit www.everythingro.com. Find her on Twitter and IG @everythingro and on Facebook – facebook.com/1drro.