Scott Keatley is Registered Dietitian and entrepreneur. Labeled “a community nutrition vanguard,” a nutrition communications expert, as well as a founder of impactful nutrition related businesses. Keatley has extensive media involvement as executive producer of Healthy Soul, Deliciously Diverse and Whatcha Makin’. Wellness programs that served up everything food, from cooking and nutritional education to wellness trends, health, lifestyle and more — all aimed at making life better, fuller and more fun. Keatley also facilitated the launch of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy . The practice is focused on managing specific disease states and conditions related to nutrition such as diabetes, obesity and eating disorders. In 2019 Telehealth was added to the practice. Telehealth involves the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.

Additionally, Keatley is currently immersed in the world of digital publishing as the Managing Editor of Tasty Bytes, a food and tech magazine that offers its readers a 2.0 look at gastronomy. The writers’ table consists of healthy hackers. A collaboration between foodies, developers, coders and chefs, they celebrate all foods and the IT folks eating it. Tasty Bytes is made for nerds that nibble. We interviewed Keatley because of his extensive background of using tech to promote wellness. 

Q. Why do you think that incorporating tech can help teach nutrition?

A. Being a dietitian I get to see families in my private practice. coming to see a professional is very helpful for the parents and their children; however, it is difficult to make nutrition entertaining for every member of the family while at the same time giving the parents everything they need to make/keep themselves and their children healthy. Technology can help bridge the gap between sessions and help with some of the broad ideas in health and nutrition such as consuming a variety of foods and getting enough fiber. Technology can also be more interactive since the time spent with it is only limited by the user. 

Q. Because you have such an expansive background in food and culture, can you share with us any obstacles to introducing children to new foods, and how do you help children overcome it?

A. Fun and repetition. Children, like all of us, have likes and dislikes. Sometimes it comes from watching an adult, TV or a friend love (or not love) a food. Children are far more adventurous then we give them credit for, just by exposing them to new and different foods they will learn to try, evaluate and make a decision on the taste/texture/etc. It generally takes about 7 introductions to a food before buy-in from children, so keep exposing them to the foods and let them choose when and how much of it they want to eat. It also helps if the adults in their lives enjoy the food too.  

Q. Can you please tell us your opinion on the Seasonal Sammy curriculum.

A. I love it. I’m a New Yorker and have seen all of the scenes Sammy and his friend Penelope are hanging out in–it’s very New York. But the idea of eating seasonally and of a variety is an excellent message for children and adults. Moreover, the ideas and foods are provided in a safe way. It’s not about watching calories or types of beverages to serve–it’s good information about food products we can all agree are healthy and beneficial. 

Q. What upcoming projects do you have?

A. Developing content for Tasty Bytes Magazine is keeping me busy at the moment but there may be some filming in the future. Additionally, I’m working on an app for those trying to become registered dietitians that helps with the very difficult exam.  

By Penina Langer, Seasonal Sammy App