“My mission is to help families thrive by supporting healthy nutrition and activity environments, proactive parenting, and health promoting policies and programs”
Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP, FACSM is on a mission to help families thrive. She does this through many roles including as an award-winning author, pediatrician and registered dietitian, and educator. She helps families improve health in 5 key areas (nutrition, activity, sleep, stress management, and screen time limits) as the founder and director of the Children's Primary Care Medical Group W.E.L.L. nutrition clinic. She helps pediatricians optimize their care for children affected by obesity as founder of Healthy Living Visits quality improvement project, as past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity, and author of The Clinician's Guide to Pediatric Nutrition (AAP, 2023). She teaches college students about nutrition as an adjunct assistant professor UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She helps ensure parents receive quality information and advice on raising healthy children as a member of the Parents Magazine Expert Review Board. She is a doctor for children, adolescents, and young adults and a support to their parents from the time they bring a newborn home from the hospital to when they send a young adult off to college.
Education and Awards.
Dr. Natalie Muth graduated from UCLA with majors in psychology and physiological sciences with college honors, summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master of Public Health in nutrition at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill completing her master thesis on childhood obesity screening in schools based on her work at the CDC’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine where she was awarded the Davis Pediatric Student Scholar, recognition given to the most promising medical student planning to specialize in pediatrics. She completed her training in pediatrics at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in the Community Health and Advocacy Training track. Dr. Natalie Muth is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She was recognized by San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine as a 2022 San Diego Top Doctor.
Publications and Appearances.
Dr. Natalie Muth is an award-winning author of five books and over 100 publications and several book chapters. She has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR, CNN, Washington Post, Real Simple magazine, and many other media outlets and has made many television appearances including Good Morning America, ABC Worlds News Now, NBC Los Angeles, San Diego Living, among others. She is a seasoned presenter and keynote speaker having presented at the national conferences for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Public Health Association, IDEA Fitness, and more. She also is on the Parents Magazine Expert Review Board. Learn More
The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier, Family Mealtimes is a one-of-a-kind book that can transform even the most finicky eaters into fledgling foodies. Focusing on kids’ participation, interactive strategies, kitchen experiments, and delicious kid-friendly recipes, the book is based on a seven-week plan that makes shopping and cooking fun.
Widely recognized for her expertise in childhood obesity, nutrition, fitness, and behavior change, Dr. Natalie Muth is past Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity, member of the Parents Expert Review Board, and member of the healthcare sector workgroup of the National Physical Activity Plan.
Dr. Natalie Muth is committed to helping every child and family thrive. She is a strong advocate for systems and communities that support prevention and wellness across the lifespan, beginning at -9 months of age. She supports and advocates for integration of clinic and community systems and resources. She is passionate about helping families thrive (and having fun doing it). She practices what she preaches every day as lives and plays with her husband and kids in North County San Diego.