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Dan Benardot, PhD, RD, LD, FACSM

Professor Emeritus    

State University of New York at Canton, New York
Associate of Science (A.S.)
Major: Food Service Administration

State University of New York at Plattsburgh, New York
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Major: Foods and Nutrition
Minor: Child Development

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Human Ecology
Human Services Studies and Nutrition


Research Interests

Nutrition and Human Performance (Sports Nutrition)
The Young Athlete
Relative Energy Availability and Obesity

Recent Journal Articles:

Benardot D, Zimmermann W, Cox GR, and Marks S. Nutritional recommendations for divers. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (Accepted 1/14 for publication 6/14; Refereed)

Robertson S, Benardot D, and Mountjoy M. Nutritional recommendations for synchronized swimming. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (Accepted 2/14 for publication 6/14; Refereed)

Mountjoy M, Burke LM, Maughan R, Benardot D, Costill D, and Cox GR. FINA-Yakult consensus statement on nutrition for the aquatic sports. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (Accepted 1/14 for Publication 6/14; Refereed)

Benardot D. Energy thermodynamics revisited: Energy intake strategies for optimizing athlete body composition and performance. Journal of Exercise Science and Health 2013; 11(2): 1-13. (Refereed & Invited; Published in English and Spanish)


Recent Book Chapters:

Benardot D and Thompson WR. Chapter 6: Nutrition and Human Performance. IN: Bushman BA (Ed) “ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer”, 4th Edition. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins: New York. © 2014, pp. 158-191. (Book Chapter)

Benardot D. Chapter 49: Gymnastics. IN: Maughan RJ (Ed) “Sports Nutrition: Volume XIX of the Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine, an IOC Medical Commission Publication. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: London.  © 2014, pp. 596-606. (Book Chapter)


Recent Book:

Benardot D. “Advanced Sports Nutrition-2nd Edition”, Human Kinetics Publishers: Champagne, IL. © 2012; 412 Pages. (Book; Multiple language editions available)


Recent Research Abstracts:

Andrews E, Thompson W, Benardot D, Brandon J, Ligouri G, & Hendricks R. The relationship between BMI, perceived weight, and academic performance in minority Middle school students. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2014; 46(5): S684. (Refereed Journal Research Abstract).

Benardot D, Thompson WR, Hutchinson M, Dozier ML, & Speake KN. Weight Loss Practices of Professional Racehorse Jockeys. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2013; 45(5): S577-S578. (Refereed Journal Research Abstract)

Luke RC, Benardot D, Rupp JL, Ingalls CP, Corona BT, Green MS, and Doyle JA. The effect of N-Acetylcysteine supplementation on Recovery of strength Following Eccentric Muscle Injury. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2012; 44(5):S297. (Refereed Journal Research Abstract; International Conference Poster Presentation)

Manning K, Rupp J, Benardot D, Brandon LJ, and Doyle JA. Effects of exercise training on fat oxidation in untrained overweight and obese females. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2012; 44(5): S115. (Refereed Journal Research Abstract; International Conference Poster Presentation)

Recent Grants:

The Atlanta Falcons, 5/2013 to 12/2014 The Relationship Between Diet, Body Composition, and Performance in Professional Football Players. (GSU Speedtype SP00011225 and SP00011546: $31,500) Role: PI

Recent International Presentations:

8th Cyprus Dietetic and Nutrition Association Conference. Nicosia, Cyprus. “Workshop: Energy Intake strategies for optimizing body composition and weight management” Nov 30, 2014.

FIFA Sports Nutrition Certification Workshop. Mexico City, Mexico. Topic: “Sports Nutrition”. Aug 1-2, 2014

FINA Nutrition Consensus Meeting. Royal Society of Medicine, London, England. Topic: “Nutrition for Divers”. Dec 12-14, 2013.

FINA Nutrition Consensus Meeting. Royal Society of Medicine, London, England. Topic: “Nutrition for Synchronized Swimmers”. Dec 12-14, 2013 (Co-presenter with S. Robertson)

FIFA Sports Nutrition Certification Workshop. Mexico City, Mexico. Topic: “Sports Nutrition”.  Dec 6-7, 2013.

Exercise Science and Health Symposium, University of Costa Rica, Topic: “The Relationships Between Within-Day Energy Balance, Body Composition, and Weight” May 6-10, 2013. (Podium: Invited)

FIFA Sports Medicine Conference. Mexico City, Mexico. Topic: “Sports Nutrition”.  July 12-14, 2013.

International Society of Sport Nutrition Conference. Topic: “Energy Thermodynamics Revisited: A Strategy for Improving Body Composition and Performance” Feb 23, 2013. Tampa Florida (Podium: Invited; Funded by National Dairy Council)

4th Annual International Conference on Jockey Safety and Health. Topic: “Weight Loss Strategies in Racehorse Jockeys”. Sept 15th, 2013. Monmouth Park, NJ (Podium: Invited)

Session Chair, Topic: “Thematic Poster: Exercise and Fat Oxidation: Differences specific to age and body weight”, June 1, 2012, ACSM Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (Podium: Invited)

Human Kinetics Webinar Topic: “Energy Thermodynamics Revisited: Within-Day Energy Balance”, February 22, 2012 (Invited)

Recent National Presentations:

Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting.  Topic: “Energy Thermodynamics Revisited: Strategies for Improving Weight and Body Composition” July 15-17, 2013 Orlando, Florida. (Invited: Funded by the Florida Dairy Association)

Professional Figure Skaters Association, Figure Skating Dance Conference. Topic: “Nutritional Findings of the US National Team: Strategies for Improvement” June 21-23, 2013 Washington DC (Multiple Lectures; Funded by US Figure Skating)

US Figure Skating Nationals-Special Lecture to Parents and Coaches. Topic: “Nutrition for Optimal Training and Competition Performance”. Omaha, NB. Jan 25, 2013 (Invited)

US Figure Skating Nationals-Team Breakfast. Topic: “Nutrition Strategies for Training and Competition”. Omaha, NB. Jan 22, 2013 (Invited)

Professional Skaters Association (PSA) Annual meeting. Topic: “Getting Energy On-Time and in the Right Amount for Better Skating Performance”. Boston, MA May 25, 2012 (Invited).


Chair, University Radiation Safety Committee (2011-Present)

Member, University Provost’s Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee (2013-Present)

Member, Honors College Advisory Committee (2011-Present)

Member, University Senate (2005-Present)


Service-Professional Organization:

Editorial Board, ACSM Health & Fitness Journal (2008-Present)

Editorial Board, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2010-Present)

Advisory Board, Titus Sports, Tallahassee FL (2010-Present)

Advisory Board, National Dairy Council Whey Protein Advisory Panel (2008-Present)

Head Scientific Advisor, NutriTiming LLC, Atlanta GA (2008-Present)

Nutritionist, Performance Enhancement Team. US Figure Skating (2004-Present)

Member, Olympic and Paralympic Committee-American College of Sports Medicine (2006-Present)


Awards and Honors:

International Excellence Award. Awarded by Georgia State University, Office of International Affairs, in recognition of significant contributions in promoting international education. (2007)

Honorary Doctorate. Awarded by Marywood University in recognition of accomplishments in the area of Sports Nutrition. (2002)

Recognition of Service Awards Presented by the American Dietetic Association in recognition of service as a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. (3 Awards: 1997, 1998, and 1999)

Outstanding Educator Award. Presented by USA Gymnastics at Annual Congress and Olympic Trials, Boston, MA, June 1996.

Alumni Honor Roll.  Presented by the State University of New York (System) in Albany, New York. November, 1995

SCAN Achievement Award.  Presented by the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition (SCAN) practice group of The American Dietetic Association, San Diego, California.  April, 1993

Who’s Who in American Education, 1992-1993 Edition.  The National Reference Institute, Chicago, IL.

Recognition of Service Award.  Presented by The American Dietetic Association in Recognition of Service as a Site Visitor for the Council on Education Division of Education Accreditation/Approval from 1988 through 1991. October 1991.

Outstanding Service Award.  Presented by The American Dietetic Association in Recognition of Service on the Affirmative Action Committee of the House of Delegates from 1988 through 1990. October, 1990

Masters of Innovation Award. (2nd Place) Presented by Zenith Data Systems for development of a computer software package submitted in a national competition. May, 1989.

Outstanding Merit Award. Presented by the Inter-sorority Council of Georgia State University. March 6, 1989