About Us

Kurt Hong, M.D. Ph.D.


Dr. Hong is the Executive Director of USC Center for Clinical Nutrition and Applied Health Research. He currently is on faculty at both USC Keck School of Medicine and USC Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. Kurt Hong received his M.D. with research distinction from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hong has been involved in nutrition, obesity and metabolic research over the past 15 years. His research interests include clinical and translational studies on the role of macro and micronutrients in energy metabolism, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Hong is an investigator on NIH-funded studies and has served on multiple editorial boards and national organization committees - including the Obesity Society, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the American Society for Nutrition. He is dual board-certified in internal medicine and clinical nutrition. As a well-recognized expert in his field, Dr. Hong contributes regularly to national magazines and other media outlets, and has been voted three times by his peers to Best Doctors in America TM.

Claudia Del Vecchio BS, CDN, CPT, CWP.

Practiced as a New York State licensed and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist before coming to California in 2006. She is a highly accomplished, multi-faceted nutrition professional, with extensive experience expanding wellness and health care. Her background includes current registration with the American Dietetic Association. and is a Certified Food Protection Manager and Instructor/Proctor for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Claudia has been accredited and certified through the National Wellness Institute as a Certified Wellness Practitioner.

She also holds certifications in exercise and fitness training from The American Council on Exercise, The Cooper Institute and The Arthritis Foundation. She is also a certified member of ICF. ICF is a non-profit, professional organization that represents personal and business coaches. Claudia is the recipient of the prestigious Methodist College-Reeves Business School Role Model Project Award.

Claudia launched her own functional organic coffee line in 2000 and later that year became a founder in a successful wellness lifestyle company with over twenty-two stores throughout Asia, London and Japan. She has been featured in magazines such as Today’s Dietitian, Elle. Cosmopolitan HK, has published articles for Spa Asia and presents to large international companies such as McKinsey and Company. She recently published a book titled, "Eat Clean, Eat Safe".

We are licensed medical and nutrition professionals who see the power of food, good and bad.

We educate all day long on healthy eating but people want to know what specific products they can buy (don’t always have time to prepare healthy foods) that will also provide positive nutrition and health benefits. There are products we recommend but we could not find a healthy chocolate that lived up to our standards. So, we did the research and formulated a chocolate bar that is second to none. It is world class delicious and superfood status. To sum up our beliefs about nutrition and your health, we totally agree and support the statement below which we could not have stated any better:

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President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

THE IMPACT OF NUTRITION ON YOUR HEALTH


“Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States: about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. These include heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, you can help protect yourself from these health problems. The risk factors for adult chronic diseases, like hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are increasingly seen in younger ages, often a result of unhealthy eating habits and increased weight gain. Dietary habits established in childhood often carry into adulthood, so teaching children how to eat healthy at a young age will help them stay healthy throughout their life.
The link between good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health is too important to ignore.
By taking steps to eat healthy, you'll be on your way to getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, active, and strong. As with physical activity, making small changes in your diet can go a long way, and it's easier than you think!”

So, enjoy eating our chocolate and good nutrition too. We got your back, and want to keep you happy and well.