Leia Flure, MS, RD, LDN earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her dietetic internship through the University of Houston. She recently served as 2015-2016 President of the Eastern Illinois Dietetic Association.
Leia is currently a Nutrition Education Specialist with University of Illinois Extension and coordinates marketing and communications for the ABCs of School Nutrition (Illinois State Board of Education) grant. She has previously worked as an outpatient oncology dietitian at Carle Cancer Center as well as an instructor in the Agricultural Communications program at the University of Illinois, helping undergraduates develop their writing skills related to sharing information about food and agricultural issues with the public.
In the past, Leia worked for UI Extension as a Nutrition and Wellness Educator, facilitating programs in 4 counties on weight management, healthy cooking, food safety, food preservation, and nutritional management of chronic diseases. In this position, Leia became well-known in the community as "Moderation Maven," a social media personality she developed through a Facebook and Twitter presence. She also wrote for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and appeared weekly on Champaign's local CBS affiliate for nutrition-related segments. For these efforts, Leia was recognized as the 2015 recipient of the Anita Owen Award for Innovative Nutrition Education. She also received Central Illinois Business Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2014.