Ashley Koff, R.D.
Qualitarian | Nutrition Expert | Health Advocate
Ashley Koff RDis an internationally-renowned registered dietitian. She believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help people achieve their personal health goals by providing simple but highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “Qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutrition choices in achieving optimal health. Koff develops tools such as The AKA Nutrition Plan for Optimal Health and The AKA List (Ashley Koff Approved) to help healthcare practitioners and health-interested consumers choose better quality groceries, dietary supplements, and prepared food. This database of over fifty thousand products to date includes selections based on rigorous standards of nutrition, sourcing methods, and marketing integrity, backed by extensive research and globe-spanning travels to get the whole food story. The tagline “AKA can’t be bought, it’s earned” highlights the non-profit, non-financially influenced nature of this project.
Widely sought for her knowledge and ability to translate nutrition science into practical and motivating messages, Koff regularly appears on national television programs, including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Doctors”, and national and local news programs. She is also frequently featured in and writes articles for national publications, including The New York Times, O!:The Oprah Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Redbook, and Women’s Health. She is currently a contributing editor for Prevention and Natural Health magazines, on the advisory boards of Fitness, and the editorial advisory board of Prevention magazine where she has her own online column AskAshley@Prevention.com, and writes for several blogs including The Huffington Post. She created and was the lead expert for Huffington Post Living’s “Total Energy Makeover with Ashley Koff RD” which aired monthly on “Good Morning America Health,” was the featured dietitian for Deepak Chopra’s YouTube show, “30 Days of Intent”. Koff’s been the featured on-air dietitian for several reality shows including the CW’s “Shedding for the Wedding” and Lifetime’s “Love Handles.”
Off camera, she has been a nutrition consultant for over 10 years, seeing patients referred by some of the country’s leading doctors—Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Woodson Merrell, and Dr. Soram Khalsa, among others. Based on the need expressed by many of her entertainment industry clients, Koff started and continues to manage her AKA Craft Services makeover project for popular shows like ABC’s “Private Practice,” CBS’ “CSI: New York,” HBO’s “Big Love”, FOX’s “Bones,” and FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” as well several major movies. Recently recognized by Sharecare.com as one of the Top 10 Social Health Makers in Nutrition, Koff’s also been recognized by the natural foods industry leader New Hope 360 as one of the leading “50 Natural Influencers” in health and nutrition to follow on Twitter and named among the Top 10 Registered Dietitians in the US by Today’s Dietitian Magazine and the Best of LA’s “Nutritionist/Dietitians” by CitySearch, three years running.
A respected industry advisor, speaking at conferences like Natural Products Expos East and West, she is also a leadership team member of the Natural Resource Defense Council, one of the nation’s most effective environmental action groups, as well as an avid supporter of and the California state ambassador for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign.
Koff regularly shares nutrition expertise as a keynote speaker, panelist, emcee, and moderator with audiences nationwide, including: healthcare practitioners (“The Case for Quality” Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2013, FNCE event sponsor and host for past 3 years), professional athletes and organizations (“Get Better Energy” espnW: Women + Sports Summit 2012, 2013), corporations (Hearst, Nature’s Path, OMD, Saatchi & Saatchi employee programs), professional organizations (Natural Products Expos, Digital Health/CES, Drugstore & Convenience Store Association, Whole Grains Council), foodie experiences and wellness retreats (Rancho La Puerta, Celebrity Cruise, Natural Magazine’s Health Women’s Wellness Weekend, Sun Valley’s Harvest Festival emcee).
Koff regularly works with brands as a national spokesperson and consultant to help them develop better quality offerings as well as to provide insights on trends and their consumer and to garner the brands media attention. Ashley Koff is the author of “Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged” (Hay House; 2011) as well as “Recipes for IBS” (Fair Winds Press; 2007) and contributed chapters to several medical textbooks. She maintains a private practice, with celebrities such as Molly Sims, Emily Deschanel, Amy Breneman, Andy Richter, KaDee Strickland, and Elizabeth Hasselbeck among her clients. She also serves on the faculty of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Koff was educated at both Duke and New York Universities and trained at LA+USC and Columbus Children’s hospitals. She completed coursework for Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) and continues her education with online integrative medicine modules and conferences.