Dorothea K. Vafiadis, M.S., F.A.H.A., is director of healthy living for the American Heart Association (AHA), co-chair of the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, and associate professor at the University of Illinois Department of Physical Therapy, where she is a collaborator on a Healthy Living Practitioner certificate program. A recognized leader in public health and wellness, Ms. Vafiadis oversees AHA’s Healthy Eating and Industry Engagement Strategy, and directs the Food Industry Nutrition Advisory Panel (INAP) and the Annual Healthier Food Leadership Summit. Ms. Vafiadis provides ongoing counsel and guidance on a broad range of consumer campaigns and behavioral interventions to improve lifestyle habits, including Life’s Simple 7, Heart Check Certification, Healthy For Good, Healthy For Life 20 By 20, and Simple Cooking with Heart. Ms. Vafiadis has conducted scientific writing committees with more than 200 cardiovascular scientists and researchers in the development of peer reviewed publications and cutting-edge scientific programming. She was an integral part of the business team that launched the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint effort between AHA and the Clinton Foundation addressing healthy eating in schools and childhood obesity. Prior to joining AHA, Ms. Vafiadis worked on the development of federal nutrition policy with the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, supporting the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and overseeing the early development of the agency’s nutrition evidence library. Ms. Vafiadis received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern Illinois University.