Linking science to practice

Shelly Meltzer & Associates offer a complete package of dietary services for anyone who wants to optimize his or her diet in order to improve their health and performance. The practice focuses on delivering scientifically based solutions that link the science and practice of nutrition.

Our team of registered dietitians, based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, has a wealth of clinical and sports nutrition training and experience, which enables us to offer dietary interventions in order to treat clinical conditions and sports specific diets for recreational and elite athletes. We also keep abreast of scientific developments and maintain a close link with the UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM) and the UCT Division of Human Nutrition (Department of Human Biology) through teaching and research projects.

An exciting and dynamic aspect to our dietary practice at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands is the Trufood Station, which is located in the main foyer of the SSISA. Our dietitians work closely with the chefs to ensure a daily offering of healthy fresh foods that meet the specific requirements of all ages, stages and physical demands of its customers.

Tru Food Station

Our services include:

  • SSISA Fundamental Nutrition online short course.
  • Nutritional support for all athletes in all phases of training and competition
  • Diets that are tailored to meet the individual's needs (based on a comprehensive assessment)
  • Discovery Vitality Nutrition Assessments
  • Menu coordination for teams, expeditions and adventure athletes travelling locally, and internationally
  • Practical workshops for athletes and coaches
  • Nutrition interventions for wellness and corporate programmes. This includes workshops, shopping trips and cooking classes
  • Education: course development for Allied Health professionals and chefs, the lay public and from school-going to postgraduate students
  • Product development and consultation to the food industry on food labelling and legislation - and more specifically on marketing their products appropriately to target groups
  • The writing of articles, brochures and other nutrition educational material.