THE POWER OF Nutrition

When a community as large and diverse as ours comes together, it’s a beautiful thing. From the dedicated individuals whose passion has fueled our organization since the beginning, to our partnerships with mission-minded organizations, we value each unique relationship deeply.

When a community as large and diverse as ours comes together, it’s a beautiful thing. From the dedicated individuals whose passion has fueled our organization since the beginning, to our partnerships with mission-minded organizations, we value each unique relationship deeply.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

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Jesse Hill Market is home to our innovative collaboration called Food as Medicine, which offers all at-risk members of the Grady community – patients, families, employees, visitors, and neighbors – access to healthy, affordable food in partnership with Grady Health System and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Located just outside Grady’s main entrance, Jesse Hill Market is a public café offering a wide range of healthy items prepared by Good Measure Meals. From nutritious, affordable prepared meals and grab-and-go entrees, to snacks, sides, and local, fresh produce.

Grab & Go Menu

Meet Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists


To learn more about what a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist means, see below!

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Alexandra Alford

MS-MPH, RDN, LD | Community Dietitian

Alex supports the comprehensive nutrition care of Open Hand's clients and partners, providing
Medical Nutrition Therapy in a clinic setting to individuals battling chronic disease. She also provides nutrition services at various worksites, via telenutrition, and in-home settings. Alex focuses on delivering nutrition services across the lifecycle, with a strong emphasis on serving senior citizens. She also researches and develops educational tools to support clients' nutrition-related lifestyle and behavior changes and provides group nutrition and healthy lifestyle education to clients and in the overall community.

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Michelle Dakota Kuntz

MS, RDN, LD | Community Dietitian

Michelle delivers nutrition, health, and culinary education in a variety of settings: monthly senior nutrition classes, Open Hand Cooking Matters courses, our Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, one-on-one nutrition education, and cooking demonstrations. Michelle also provides individualized Medical Nutrition Therapy, a more intensive nutrition intervention involving diagnoses, counseling, and therapy to treat or prevent a variety of chronic conditions. She’s a star on Open Hand’s internal Wellness Committee and oversees the Open Hand teaching garden – engaging, educating and enriching the Atlanta community by promoting access to nutritious local food.

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Kirsten Avera

MS, RDN, LD, CDCES | Community Dietitian

Kristen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist licensed since 2014. She worked in Greenville, SC doing outpatient nutrition counseling as well as employee and community health and wellness programming. Kristen moved to Atlanta in January of 2019, and has worked as a diabetes and nutrition educator with the Diabetes Association of Atlanta, working primarily with seniors in the area. She is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist - CDCES (formerly Certified Diabetes Educator – CDE) and utilizes her expertise frequently with our Open Hand clients.

Isn’t “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist” just a Longer Name for “Nutritionist? 

We get this question a lot, and because we're proud of our team, we wanted to have our answer posted publicly!

The terms "Registered Dietitian Nutritionist" and "Nutritionist" are actually very different. There's no regulation of the term "nutritionist." Anyone is able to use that title regardless of their education, background, or training; and there really are no technical requirements, licensure, etc. for the title “nutritionist.” For example, a person may freely use the title after simply completing a weekend course or a 3-month online certification.

On the other hand, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) - like the ones we have on our team at Good Measure Meals - are licensed health care providers. They are nutrition professionals who have gone through many years of education and 1,200 hours of supervised training in Medical Nutrition Therapy. RDNs must pass a rigorous national certification exam, and they are required to keep up-to-date with continuing education credits to maintain their certification.