I’m many things, but a few of them happen to be these: weight-inclusive practitioner (registered dietitian, aka RD), entrepreneur, writer, runner, podcaster, and parent. And I’m glad you’re here!
I’ve worked in public health, food marketing, program management, corporate wellness, startups, and private practice. In 2017 I co-founded Lane 9 Project (more on that below!), and in 2018 I founded Weight Inclusive Nutrition and Dietetics (WIND).
Through WIND, I’ve hosted and directed over 100 hours of continuing education and professional development for fellow weight-inclusive practitioners, and had the deep honor of working with dozens of activists and thought leaders in this social-justice-forward space. WIND opened the first ever weight-inclusive professional organization for registered dietitians; its mission is to support a paradigm shift toward weight inclusive healthcare in the US.
I run long distances for fun, which has been true for many years. I love the running (and general sports) spaces—group runs, fun races, challenges, beer miles, I’ll do any or all of it. Count me in! Through running I’ve found a deeper sense of both self and community, and in true enneagram 7/entrepreneur form, I’ve found many ways to weave it into my work as well.
With a fellow runner in the DC area, I co-founded the Lane 9 Project. This is a supportive online community for runners who have experienced the harms of diet culture—disordered eating, body dysmorphia, negative healthcomes, etc—and are ready to rewrite their relationship to food, movement, and self. L9P offers a story-sharing platform, a bi-monthly newsletter, podcast, and programs for coaches and athletes to be part of a change within sports.
Both outside of and in congruence with all of the above, I’m a curious and ever-changing person, a writer, witty conversationalist, and a parent to three littles. I hope we get the chance to connect and support each other in some/any way! Reach out anytime.
Heather Caplan (she/her) is a weight-inclusive registered dietitian and entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Weight Inclusive Nutrition and Dietetics (WIND), the first ever weight-inclusive professional organization for registered dietitians. Her work and writing have appeared in The Washington Post, Runner’s World, Outside Online, NBC News, EatingWell, and Women’s Running.
Heather has a special interest in working with athletes and other active folx to explore relationships between food and sport. She is the co-founder of the Lane 9 Project (L9P), a grassroots organization working to bring education and awareness of disordered eating, body dysmorphia, and menstrual irregulaties within the sport of running, for athletes of all levels. L9P currently offers team training, support for coaches and team staff, a weekly newsletter, and publication of personal stories via Lane9Project.org.
Heather has over 12 years of experience with nutrition consulting and counseling, writing, public speaking, and strategic partnerships. For five years (2017-2022) she hosted a weekly podcast titled RD Real Talk, which featured fellow weight-inclusive practitioners in dietetics and healthcare. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Sciences at Penn State University, then completed her dietetic internship through the University of Maryland College Park.