Dr. Daniela Novotny


Public Health and Sports Medicine
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Public Health and Sports Medicine
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Daniela Novotny is a faculty member in the dietetics program in the department of biomedical sciences. She also works as a dietitian at Missouri State University's Magers Health and Wellness Center.
In her role as an educator, Novotny loves working with students to connect the dots between what they learn in the classroom and what they experience or will experience in “real-world” settings. As a dietitian, she enjoys working with people to improve their eating and lifestyle habits.
Before joining Missouri State, Novotny worked as an outpatient dietitian for many years; this allowed her to develop strong skills in counseling and education. She also stays active in the campus community by developing and implementing health/wellness programs for faculty, staff and students.



  • DHSc, area of emphasis in Fundamentals of Education, A.T. Still University
  • MS, Health Promotion and Wellness Management, Missouri State University
  • Dietetic Internship, Barnes Jewish College of Nursing & Allied Health
  • BS, Dietetics, Missouri State University


  •  DTN 130 - Social and Behavioral Applications of Nutrition
  •  DTN 240 - Introduction to Nutrition
  •  DTN 300 - Service Learning in Nutrition and Dietetics
  •  DTN 334 - Introduction to Nutrition Assessment and Sports Nutrition
  •  DTN 335 - Nutritional Assessment
  •  DTN 532 - Human Nutrition and Metabolism

Research and professional interests

  • Complementary and integrative medicine/health
  • Dietetics education
  • Intuitive eating and body appreciation
  • Lifestyle intervention programs
  • Weight stigma

Current Research:

  • The Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention Program (CHIP) for Lowering Chronic Disease Risk Factors
  • Finding Peace with Food: An Intuitive Eating Approach for University Employees 
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for Lowering Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in a Worksite Setting
  • Intuitive Eating and Body Appreciation Among Dietetics Students
  • Teaching Kitchen


  • Novotny D, Mitchell Urich S, & Roberts H. Effectiveness of a Teaching Kitchen Intervention on Dietary Intake, Cooking Self-Efficacy, and Psychosocial Health. American Journal of Health Education. 2022; December 5, 2022. Available online.
  • Gnau J, Novik M, Powell S, & Novotny D. Lessons learned about online engagement and implementation of an intuitive eating programme for university employees. Nutrition and Health. April 4, 2022. Available online
  • Novotny D, Matthews E, & Powell S. Disordered eating attitudes and behaviors of dietetics students. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2021; 36(4):299-310.
  • Novotny D, Novik M. Attitudes and education of dietetics students about complementary and alternative medicine therapies. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2015;30(3):209-221.
  • Heiss C, Gara N, Novotny D, Heberle H, Morgan L, Stufflebeam J, & Fairfield M.  Effect of a 1-liter fluid load on body composition measured by air displacement plethysmography and bioelectrical impedance. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online. 2009;12(2).

Recent presentations:

  • Urich S, Novotny D. CHIP-ing for better health: A lifestyle intervention for university employees. Poster presented at Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Virtual Meeting, April 2020.
  • Novotny D. Complementary Health Approaches and the Dietetics Professional for A.T. Still University, December 2019.
  • Novotny D. Wait, What’s for Dinner? An Overview of Meat Analogues for MSU Employee Wellness Department, August 2019.
  • Novotny D. Trends in Food Technology and Sustainability for MSU Employee Wellness Department, July 2019.
  • Novotny D, Matthews E, White-Berner A. Disordered eating attitudes and behaviors of dietetics students. Poster presented at Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, April 2019.
  • Novotny D. The Skinny on the Keto Diet for MSU Employee Wellness Department, September 2018.
  • Novotny D. Attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine in dietetics students. Poster presented at Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, April 9-10, 2015.
  • Novotny D, Bowen S. Back to the Basics: An employee wellness survey at Missouri State University. Poster presented at Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, April 9-10, 2015.
  • Novotny D. Bowen, S. Back to the Basics: An employee wellness survey at Missouri State University. Poster presented at Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, April 1-3, 2015.
  • “Decoding Dietary Supplements” for MSU Employee Wellness Department; June 22, 2015.
  • “Back to the Basics: Results from the employee wellness survey at MSU” at MSU Employee Wellness Committee meeting; May 28, 2014.

Awards and honors

  • Nominated for 2020 Master Online Course Recognition Award, Missouri State University
  • 2019 Curtis P. Lawrence Award for Excellence in Advising, Missouri State University
  • 2019 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recipient, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
  • Nominated for 2016 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Nominated for 2016 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

Nutrition and dietetics Health and wellness

Media Appearances

10 Ways to Manage Thanksgiving Better When You Have Diabetes
U.S. News Health

RD Daniela Novotny shares a few things that individuals with diabetes should do to enjoy Thanksgiving meals safely.

20 Cheap but Healthy Foods to Buy When You're Broke
U.S. News Money

RD Daniela Novotny offers a few suggestions of what foods to buy when you're on a tight budget.

Osteoarthritis Diet: Foods to Eat and Avoid
U.S. News & World Report

RD Daniela Novotny explains that inflammation in the body can lead to osteoarthritis and the types of food that increase and counter inflammation.

Nutritionists Share Their Favorite Spring Foods
Southern Living

RD Daniela Novotny shares one of her favorite spring foods.

One Nutrition Professional to Another
Best Colleges

RD Daniela Novotny offers insights about her career as a dietitian.

10 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Flaxseeds
Reader's Digest

RD Daniela Novotny shares the benefits of flaxseeds.

Why Meal Timing Is Important for Better Diabetes Control
U.S. News & World Report

RD Daniela Novotny explains how timing of meals can affect diabetes and weight management.