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Faculty Experts

Stella Volpe, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Expertise:

health

nutrition

Food

Contact:

stella.l.volpe@drexel.edu

215.762.7014

Volpe is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist whose research focuses on obesity and diabetes prevention, body composition, bone mineral density and mineral metabolism and exercise. She has researched interventions including changing portion sizes in cafeterias and making physical activity more a part of a person’s day to implement changes in behavior.

Volpe is the chair of the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, as well as vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine.


For news media inquiries, contact Frank Otto at fmo26@drexel.edu or 215.571.4244.

In the News

  • Everything You Need to Know About the IIFYM Eating Plan

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in an Oct. 31 Men’s Health story on flexible dieting.

  • Women Find Strength and Camaraderie in Rowing as They Age

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in an April 16 Washington Post story about the benefits of rowing for women who are older. Volpe, herself, also rows.

  • 5 Questions: Expert Advice on Staying Healthy This Winter

    Leslie Everts, MD, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine and medical director of the Student Health Center, Kevin Gard, a clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, were interviewed for a Jan. 8 Q&A in the Philadelphia Inquirer about how to stay healthy this winter.

  • Fasting for Health: The Science Behind This Growing Trend

    Stella Volpe, PhD, professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was interviewed in a Nov. 17 WHYY/Newsworks story about the new trend of intermittent fasting.

  • Can Lifestyle Changes Improve Thyroid Function?

    Stella Volpe, PhD, professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was mentioned in an Oct. 29 story on Philly.com about what people can do to improve the function of their thyroids.

  • He's Juiced About the Growth Prospects in Cold-Pressed Sales

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Sept. 16 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about the the growing popularity of cold-pressed juice.

  • Interview: New Findings on Controlling Type 2 Diabetes

    Stella Volpe, PhD, professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was interviewed for a June 26 Philadelphia Inquirer story looking into a new research on how controlling a diet can keep people with diabetes from losing their sight.

  • Over-Consumers Beware: New Food Labels Are On The Way

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a May 21 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the FDA's new food labels.

  • How to Cleanse Your Body, Feel Great — And Not Starve Yourself in the Process

    Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a March 2 Mic story exploring detox diets.

  • Six Tips For A Healthy Thyroid

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Dec. 10 Oxygen magazine online story about thyroid health.

  • Five Questions: Who Needs Sugar?

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was featured in a question-and-answer piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Nov. 1 about sugar consumption. 

  • Childhood Obesity Continues Modest Decline in Phila.

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a front-page Philadelphia Inquirer story on Aug. 22 about a decline in the rate of childhood obesity in Philadelphia.

  • Philly Area Ranks 22 on American Fitness Index

    Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Philly.com story on May 19 about the new American Fitness Index rankings released by the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • Detox Diets & Cleansing: Facts & Fallacies

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Feb. 9 LiveScience article about the effects of detox diets and cleansing.

  • Drink This to Power Up Your Workout

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Dec. 2 Health article about the effects of drinking beet juice.

  • Vitamin D and Athletic Performance

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Nyree Dardarian, a faculty member in the college and director of the Center for Integrated Nutrition & Performance, was quoted in a Philly.com “Sports Doc” blog post on Nov. 14 about vitamin D deficiency and its effect on athletic performance. The post was authored by Thomas Trojian, MD, a faculty member in the College of Medicine.

  • How Drexel and the IBC Foundation are Fighting Childhood Obesity

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Abby Duffine Gillman, a project manager in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, co-authored a post on the Philly.com “Healthy Kids” blog on Nov. 13 about their research on the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Healthy Futures Initiative. The project aims to reduce obesity in children in Philadelphia schools.

  • Rowing is the New Spinning

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Harper’s Bazaar magazine article on Sept. 16 about the fitness benefits of rowing exercise.

  • Choosing A Diet Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult, Drexel Nutrition Doc Says

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was interviewed on KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) on Sept. 10 in a story about effective diets and portion control.

  • The Ways to Avoid Feeling Off During Workouts

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on Sept. 2 about maintaining energy for effective exercise.

  • Philly Play

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was a guest on “In Focus” on WPHL-TV (MY PHL-17) on Aug. 9, discussing the Philly Play program that is helping children in the city be more physically active.

  • Vitamin D May Improve Athletic Performance for Some

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Shape magazine article on June 9 about Vitamin D and athletic performance.

  • Fussy eaters – how to get your child to try nutritious food

    Alison Ventura, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in The Guardian on May 6 about getting children who are picky eaters to try new foods.

  • Health and fitness in the New Year

    Stella Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was interviewed on “Radio Times” on WHYY-FM on Jan. 6 in a program about health and fitness and new research.

  • The Gluten-Free Grain You Haven't Tried

    Nyree Dardarian, an instructor in Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Prevention Magazine article in the September 2013 issue about cooking with the grain amaranth.

  • Five Phila.-area schools to begin wellness program

    Dr. Stella Volpe, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on August 22 about an intensive nutrition and fitness initiative in Philadelphia area schools which she will evaluate through a controlled study.

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