Deborah Johnson is a Plant-Based, Trauma-Informed Community Nutritionist and Author who holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management. She founded My Temple Wellness Inc. in 2018, a holistic wellness company whose mission is to educate in order to alleviate, and eliminate potential health risks among vulnerable populations through nutrition education and other wellness principles. Deborah is certified in Nutritional Psychology, an emerging area of study that examines the relationship between dietary patterns and our mood, behavior, and mental health.
Deborah currently works as a Community Nutritionist with organizations in the NY Tri-State area to develop nutrition programs to promote health and prevent disease, targeting specific populations such as older adults and Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). In her role, Deborah is frequently invited by organizations like Fordham University Graduate School, The Horace Mann School, BronxEats, Jack and Jill of Westchester, and White Plains High School to provide services that include; keynote speaking, teaching, workshops, and to sit on panels. She is most passionate about her work around food justice with the North West Bronx Food Justice Coalition. This area of her work addresses food insecurity and the economic pressures that prevent access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods. Deborah was the Host and Co-Producer of a local Nutrition & Cooking TV show that aired in the Bronx on BronxNet TV and Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) in NYC. Deborah is a board member of the New York City Nutrition Education Network, an organization dedicated to improving the food and nutrition environment for a healthier NYC. She recently wrote her first book, "Eggplants on the Farm," which is part of a series called “Adventures of Little Chef Debbie.” This series is an educational tool focusing on teaching children the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.
Previously, Deborah worked in Finance for 20 years before she changed careers to pursue her passion for nutrition and serving others. She served as Director of Health and Wellness at the Harlem Church NYC. She also taught nutrition education at The Mott Hall Middle School in Harlem, NY.
Deborah's commitment is to help people make lasting changes through adopting healthy habits for life; at their respective levels of readiness. She believes that when individuals, families, and communities; are empowered with nutrition literacy and wellness principles, they are more likely to make better decisions to increase their lifespan and live quality lives.
Master of Science in Nutrition
Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Certified Trauma and Resilience Life Coach
Certified in Nutritional Psychology
Certified Trauma Support Specialist
Dance Fitness Instructor-------------------------------