University of Illinois Extension

Leia Kedem
Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Champaign/Ford/Iroquois/Vermilion Unit
201 W. Kenyon Road
Suite 3
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-353-0740
FAX: 217-351-2019

Leia Kedem is committed to helping community members learn the tools needed to live healthier lifestyles. She takes a comprehensive approach to health behavior change and addresses knowledge, skills, and motivational strategies to enable individuals and groups to eat more healthfully and increase physical activity.

Kedem earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Science degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her dietetic internship through the University of Houston in Texas.

Kedem is a registered dietitian and is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the state of Illinois. She also holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Kedem is an active member of the Academy of the Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. She has presented her research on attitudes towards diet and health at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics' annual meeting and the conference of the American Society for Nutrition. Her work has been published in scholarly publications such as the American Journal of Health Behavior and Behavior Modification.

Kedem enjoys reaching audiences through in-person programs and is active on Facebook as Moderation Maven. She writes the bimonthly News-Gazette column "To Your Health" and appears weekly on WCIA-3's Morning Show for "Recipe Rescue."

She is President-Elect of Eastern Illinois Dietetic Association and is Website Coordinator for the Nutrition Education for the Public group through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. In 2014, Kedem was recognized by Central Illinois Business magazine as one of their top "Forty Under 40."

Program Offerings

Nutrition and Wellness Program Catalog

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