Welcome to Nicole Johnson’s Official Website


Nicole Johnson, DrPH, MPH, MA

Nicole has served as an international consultant and advocate for diabetes issues since 1999.  She has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection of the condition she has shared since 1993.

Nicole is a Telly award-winning television journalist and an avid writer. Her articles on living with diabetes have appeared in Diabetic Cooking Magazine, Guideposts Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, Diabetes Health, USA Today and on various websites related to diabetes. She has written seven books including her most recent transition guide for young adults living with diabetes, Young Adult Type 1 Diabetes Realities, and her autobiography, Living with Diabetes.

In 2010, Nicole secured funding and is the Executive Director for an innovative project called Bringing Science Home at the University of South Florida.  This project investigates the connection between chronic disease, family dynamics and optimistic living.

Nicole also serves on numerous health related advisory boards including the JDRF International Board of Directors,  Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council and the Tampa Bay chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She is also a past national board member for the American Diabetes Association, appointee to the National Institutes of Health Council of Public Representatives, and board member for the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Since 1999, Nicole has helped raise over $27 million for diabetes research and programs. She is passionate about promoting public participation and understanding of research.

Nicole has been recognized for her work in diabetes around the world.  She is a recipient of the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association, The C. Everett Koop Medal for Health Promotion from the American Diabetes Association, the Hero Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Victory over Diabetes Medal from the Polish Diabetes Association, Community Heroes Award from the Tampa Bay Lighting, as well as awards from the Japan Diabetes Association, Australian Diabetes Associations, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Regent University and the University of South Florida.

Nicole holds a Doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida and Master’s degrees in Journalism and Pubic Health.

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Credentials:

  • Executive Director, Bringing Science Home, 2010 – Present (University of South Florida)
  • President, The Nicole Johnson Foundation, 2007-Present
  • President, Nicole Johnson, Inc., 1999-Present
  • Consultant, Lifescan / Johnson and Johnson Diabetes Institute, 2009-PresentAppointee, Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council (FL), 2007-Present
  • Appointee, Florida Diabetes Alliance, 2007-Present
  • Designer, LifeTag Medical Identification Jewelry, 2004-Present
  • Volunteer Spokesperson, American Diabetes Association, 1998-Present
  • Director, Diabetes Education Center, University of South Florida, 2008-2010
  • Co-Host, dLife TV, CNBC weekly program, 2005-2009
  • Consultant, Diabetes Wireless, 2007 – 2009
  • Consultant, Diabetes Centers of America, 2007-2009
  • Consultant / Spokesperson, Animas, 2004-2009
  • Consultant / Writer, Georgetown University Medical Center, 2002-2009
  • Consultant, Eli Lilly & Co., 2004-2009
  • Appointee / Member, NIH Council of Public Representatives, 2005-2008 (Director Appointment)
  • Ambassador / Consultant, Life for a Child Program, International Diabetes Federation, 2005 – 2009
  • Consultant/Speaker’s Bureau, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, 2007
  • Consultant / Spokesperson, Liberty Medical, 2005-2007
  • Co-Author, Mr. Food’s Dinners in a Dash Diabetic Cooking…Featuring Nicole Johnson, American Diabetes Association, 2006
  • Columnist, Diabetes Health, 2004-2006
  • Consultant / Media Relations, CERMUSA, 2003 – 2006 (Rep. Murtha grant project on diabetes.)
  • Consultant, American Diabetes Association, Government Relations, 2002-2006
  • National Advocacy Committee, American Diabetes Association, 1999-2006
  • Chairman, Eli Lilly & Co. Partnership in Diabetes Awards Program, 2004 – 2006
  • Member, PA Diabetes Assessment Taskforce, 2004-2006
  • Consultant, GSP Government Consulting, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003-2005
  • Consultant / Spokesperson, GNC, 2004
  • Consultant, National Diabetes Education Program, 2003
  • Spokesperson, MiniMed, Inc., 1998-2003
  • National Consumer Advocate, International Packaged Ice Association, 2002-2003
  • Co-Author, Mr. Food’s Everyday is a Holiday Diabetic Cookbook…Featuring Nicole Johnson, American Diabetes Association, 2002
  • Board of Directors, American Diabetes Association, 1999-2002
  • Honorary Advisory Board, The Children’s Inn at NIH, 2000-2002
  • Board of Directors, Mark Collie Foundation, 2000-2002
  • Author, Living With Diabetes, Regnery Publishing/ Lifeline Press, 2001
  • Co- Author, Mr. Food’s Quick and Easy Diabetic Cooking…Featuring Nicole Johnson, American Diabetes Association, 2001
  • Diabetes Advisory Council, Florida Department of Health, 2000-2001 (Governor Appointment)
  • Board of Overseers, Joslin Diabetes Centers, 1999-2001
  • Chairperson, High Hopes Fund, Joslin Diabetes Center, 1999-2001
  • Spokesperson, Eli Lilly & Company International (Humalog), 1999-2001
  • Advisory Board, Virginia Family Foundation, 1999-2001
  • Spokesperson, Bristol- Myers Squibb (Glucophage), 2000
  • Spokesperson, “The Search for the Missing Millions,” Eli Lilly & Company, 1998-1999

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Media Credentials:

  • Talent, AmMed Direct Commercials, 2009-2010 (national)
  • Feature, iParenting, 2010 (Tampa Bay Area)
  • Regular Health Contributor, Daytime, Media General Stations, 2008 – Present (national)
  • Co-Host, dLife-TV, 2005-2009 (CNBC)
  • Cover, Total Health, 2009 (Tampa Bay Area)
  • Feature, Parent Guide (Pinellas County, FL), 2007
  • Cover, Miss America Magazine, 2007
  • Feature, Diabetes Forecast, 2006
  • Feature, Diabetes Health, 2006
  • Cover, Diabetes Health, 2005 (dLife)
  • Guest Editorial, Diabetes Forecast, 2004
  • Cover, Diabetes Health, 2004
  • Cover, Total Health, 2004
  • Cover, Let’s Live Magazine, 2004
  • Feature, PITT Magazine, 2004
  • Feature, Better Homes and Gardens Diabetes Recipes, 2004
  • Cover, Whirl Magazine, 2003
  • Co-Host, The Best of Mr. Food, 2003
  • Infomercial, MHR Medical Hair Restoration, 2003
  • Industrial Video, Prographics, 2003
  • Host, IPIA (International Packaged Ice Association) PSA/ Commercials / Radio Spots, 2003
  • Cover, Walgreens – Diabetes and You, 2002
  • Cover, Diabetes Forecast, 2002
  • Cover, International Ice Journal, 2002
  • Host, Diabetic Cooking, 2002 (Educational Video)
  • Co-host/guest, Mr. Food’s Holiday Special, 170 markets, 2001
  • Host, “Diabetes Alert: Are you at Risk?” CBS/Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, 2001
  • Host, “Now [I] Can,” MiniMed, Inc., 2000
  • Host, Miss United States Teen Pageant, PAX-TV, 2000
  • Entertainment Reporter, CBN/ 700 Club, 2000 (Freelance)
  • PSA and Commercial, Baptist Health Systems, Montgomery, AL, 2000
  • Host, Advance Auto Racing Team Promotional Video, Walt Disney World Test Track, 2000
  • Host, “Walk for Life,” Pinellas County Crisis Pregnancy Center, 2000
  • Guest Performer, Boston Pops Orchestra, 2000
  • Co-host, “Up Close and Personal, The Search for Miss America 2000,” ABC Special, 1999
  • Anthem Singer, Outback Bowl, 1999
  • Commercial, Columbia Heath Systems, Richmond, VA, 1999
  • Host, Eye-Tel Digiscope Video, 1999
  • VNR, Walt Disney World, 1999
  • PSA, BioSafe Technologies, 1999
  • PSA, Office of National Drug Control Policy/Partnership for a Drug Free America, 1999
  • PSA, Campus Crusade, 1999
  • Diabetes Feature Host, PBS HeathWeek, 1999 (1 episode)
  • Guest Host, Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, 1999
  • PSA/VNR, American Diabetes Association, 1999
  • PSA, Greater Cleveland Diabetes Association, 1999
  • PSA, Miss America Organization, 1999
  • Cover, Diabetes Forecast, 1999
  • Cover, Parade Magazine, 1999
  • Guest Performer, USO, 1999
  • Cover, Pageantry Magazine, 1998-1999
  • PSA, Monsanto/Equal, 1998
  • Actress, “The New Detective,” Discovery Channel, 1998
  • Writer/Producer, 700 Club Promotions, 1997-1998
  • Reporter/Writer/Intern, CBN News, 1996-1997
  • Intern, WVEC Channel 13, Norfolk, VA, 1997
  • Intern, WFLA Channel 8, Tampa, FL, 1996
  • Intern/Morning Show Personality, WCIE 91.1 Radio, Lakeland, FL, 1994-1995
  • Model, Elite, Inc., USA and Japan, 1990-1992
  • Guest Appearances on numerous television shows including “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee,” “The View,” “Crook and Chase,” “The Tonight Show,” “Access Hollywood,” “Donny and Marie,” and “Entertainment Tonight.”
  • VNR – Video News Release *PSA – Public Service Announcement

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Misc:

  • Guest, Home Shopping Network, approx. 10 shows, 2001-2002
  • Satellite Media Tour, Book Promotion – Living With Diabetes, 30 markets, 2001
  • Co-host, Mr. Food Daily Show, syndicated – 170 markets, 6 shows, 2000-2002

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Awards:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Community Heroes Award, 2013
  • Top 40 Alumni, University of South Florida, 2009
  • Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Diabetes, 2008
  • Legacy Laureate, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • Finalist, J.K. Lilly Award for Distinguished Service, 2008
  • Telly Award Winner, dLife Interview with Chris Matthews, 2008
  • Regional Finalist, White House Fellows Program, 2003
  • Bobby Limb Foundation Award, Australia, 2001
  • Victory Over Diabetes Medal, Polish Diabetes Association, 2000
  • Bill Gullickson Award, Japan Association for Diabetes Care and Education, 1999
  • C. Everett Koop Award for Health Promotion, American Diabetes Association, 1999
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Regent University, 1999
  • Eugene T. Davidson, MD Award for Public Service, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 1999
  • Courage to Come Back Award, Mercy Health System, 1999
  • Miss America 1999, Miss America Organization, 1998
  • Quality of Life Community Service Award (Runner-up), Miss America Organization, 1998
  • Miss Virginia 1998, Miss Virginia Scholarship Program, 1998
  • Dean’s Fellow, Regent University, 1997-1998

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Education:

  • Doctoral Degree, University of South Florida, 2013 Public Health
  • Master’s Degree, University of Pittsburgh, 2007 Public Health
  • Master’s Degree, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, 1998 Journalism
  • Bachelor’s Degree, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1996 English / Technical Writing

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Nicole has served as an international consultant and advocate for diabetes issues for more than twelve years.She has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection of the condition she has shared since 1993.
Nicole is a Telly award-winning television journalist and an avid writer. Her articles on living with diabetes have appeared in Diabetic Cooking Magazine, Guideposts Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, Diabetes Health, USA Today and on various websites related to diabetes. She has written six books including her most recent diabetes cookbook, Nicole Johnson’s Diabetes Recipe Makeovers and her autobiography, Living with Diabetes.
In 2010, Nicole secured funding and is the Executive Director for an innovative project called Bringing Science Home at the University of South Florida.This project investigates the connection between chronic disease, family dynamics and optimistic living.
Nicole also serves on numerous health related advisory boards including the Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council and the Tampa Bay chapters of the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She is also a past national board member for the American Diabetes Association and an appointee to the National Institutes of Health Council of Public Representatives.
Over the last twelve years, Nicole has helped raise over $26 million for diabetes research and programs. She is passionate about promoting public participation and understanding of research.
Nicole has been recognized for her work in diabetes around the world.She is a recipient of the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association, The C. Everett Koop Medal for Health Promotion from the American Diabetes Association, the Hero Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Victory over Diabetes Medal from the Polish Diabetes Association as well as awards from the Japan Diabetes Association, Australian Diabetes Associations, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Regent University and the University of South Florida..
Nicole holds Master’s degrees in Journalism and Public Health and is currently seeking her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida.