Christine L Williams, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director

Dr. Williams, Co-Director of Healthy Start, LLC, has been a pioneer in developing comprehensive health education programs for pre-school children. She is the founder and co-author of the widely acclaimed the Healthy-Start Preschool Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum, and Animal Trackers, an innovative Motor-Skills and Physical Activity Program for 2-5 year olds. Healthy-Start was supported by a grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, studying changes in diet, cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, and nutrition knowledge in children between ages 3 and 8 years of age. Dr. Williams was formerly Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Director of the Children's Cardiovascular Health Center in the Department of Pediatrics and Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.

Dr. Williams’ research has focused on child health and nutrition, especially dietary fat and fiber intake in children, pediatric obesity prevention, preventive cardiology, heart health education for preschool and school-age children, and motor skills and physical activity. Dr. Williams has published more than 100 scientific articles, book chapters and books in the field of child nutrition and health. Dr. Williams has served as a consultant to government and industry, and has participated in national and international scientific meetings and training seminars for health professionals. She was the recipient of the Preventive Cardiology Academic Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. She also served as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines Committee, 2010.