Liz Applegate, Ph.D.

 Liz  Applegate, Ph.D.

Position

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Department of Nutrition
  • Director of Sports Nutrition
  • Intercollegiate Athletics

Contact

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Dr. Liz Applegate, a nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness, is a faculty member of the Nutrition Department and the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. Her enthusiasm and informal style make her undergraduate nutrition classes the nation’s largest with enrollments exceeding 2500 annually. Currently Dr. Applegate is teaching Nut 10 in a hybrid format (face to face and virtual).  She has received the Excellence in Education Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award, Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the University of California.

Dr. Applegate is the author of several books including: Nutrition Basics for Better Health and Performance (3rd Ed. Kendall Hunt 2011), Bounce Your Body Beautiful (Three Rivers Press, 2003), Encyclopedia of Sports and Fitness Nutrition (Three Rivers Press, 2002), and Eat Smart Play Hard (Rodale Press, June 2001). She has written over 400 articles for national magazines and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists, a practice group of the American Dietetics Association. She provides nutrition consultation for collegiate and professional athletes as well as food companies and frequently serves as a keynote speaker at industry, athletic and scientific meetings.

In addition to her university duties, Dr. Applegate writes the popular "Fridge Wisdom" nutrition column for Runner’s World Magazine (and has for the past 25 years.)

She has appeared on international, national and local radio and television shows including: The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, Discovery Channel, CNN and ESPN.

She is often quoted in national print media outlets, such as: Better Homes and Gardens, Bicycling, Fitness, Glamour, The Los Angeles Times, Men’s Health, Real Simple, Shape, Teen Vogue, Vogue, USA Today and The Washington Post.

Dr. Applegate’s enthusiasm for all things nutrition, community service and education of students one step further by offering two internship opportunities for Nutrition students here at UC Davis.

  • The Team Davis Good Foods Garden Internship in association with Team Davis affords interns an opportunity working with developmentally disabled adolescents and adults promoting healthy eating and nutrition education in the classroom and garden. (Typically offered fall and winter quarters)
  • The Sports Nutrition Internship in association with Intercollegiate Athletics gives interns an opportunity to work with Dr. Applegate developing sports nutritional educational materials (handouts, menu plans, posters, Dining Common tours, videos, etc.) and participating in presentations to Intercollegiate Athletic teams at UC Davis. (Typically offered winter quarter)

Selected Publications

Miller, L., Casady, D., Applegate, E., Beckett, L., Gibson, T., Wilson, Ellwood, K., Relationships among Food Label Use, Motivation, and Dietary Quality; Nutritients 2015 7(2), doi: 10.3390/nu7021068, February 5, 2015. [PubMed]

Miller, L., Casady, D., Applegate, E., Beckett, L., Gibson, T., Wilson, DeSouza, K., Carlisle, K., Use of Nutrition on Food Labels by Middle-Aged and Older Adults; Gernotological Society of America, GSA 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting, March 3, 2014.

Too, B., Cicai, S., Hockett, K., Applegate, E., FACSM, Davis, B., FACSM, Casazza, G., Effects Of Natural Versus Commercial Product On Running Performance And Gastrointestinal Tolerance; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Volume 44, Number 5, May 2012, p. S423. [PubMed]

Miller, L., Gibson, T., Applegate E., de Dios, J., Mechanisms Underlying Comprehension of Health Information in Adulthood: The Roles of Prior Knowledge and Working Memory Capacity; Journal of Health Psychology, Volume 16, Number 5, 2011, p. 794-806, 2011. [PubMed]

Miller, L., Gibson, T., Applegate. E, Predictors of Nutrition Information Comprehension in Adulthood; Patient Education and Counseling Issue 80, 2010,p. 107-112, 2010. [PubMed]

Skillen, R., Testa, M., Applegate, E.A., FACSM, Heiden, E., Fascetti, A., Casazza,G Effects of an Amino Acid-Carbohydrate Drink on Exercise Performance After Consecutive-Day Exercise Bouts, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Volume 18, Number 5, October 2008, p. 473, 2008.

Campbell, C., Prince, D., Braun, M., Applegate, E.A., FACSM, Casazza, G. A. Carboyhdrate-Supplement From and Exercise Performance, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Volume 18, Number 2, April 2008, p. 179 [PubMed]

Applegate, E.A. Introduction: Nutritional and Functional Roles of Eggs in the Diet. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2000;19(5):495S-498S. [PubMed]

Applegate, E.A. Effective nutritional ergogenic aids. International Journal of Sports Nutrition. 1999;9 (2): 229-239. [PubMed]

Applegate, E.A., Baumgartner, B., Clarkson, P.M., Grivetti, L.E., Haislett, N., McDonald, R.B., Mills, B. and A. Oerter. Gold medal roundtable: Athlete Presentations, Audience Questions, and Summary Statements. Symposium: Nutrition and Physical Performance: A Century of Progress and Tribute to the Modern Olympic Movement. Journal of Nutrition. 1997;127:886S-892S. [PubMed]

Applegate, E.A. and L.E. Grivetti. Search for the competitive edge. A history of dietary fads and supplements. Symposium: Nutrition and Physical Performance: A Century of Progress and Tribute to the Modern Olympic Movement. Journal of Nutrition. 1997;127:869S-873S. [PubMed]

Grivetti, L.E. and E.A. Applegate. From Olympia to Atlanta: A Cultural-historical Perspective on Diet and Athletic Training. Symposium: Nutrition and Physical Performance: A Century of Progress and Tribute to the Modern Olympic Movement. Journal of Nutrition. 1997;127:860S-868S.) [PubMed]

Applegate, E.A., Clarkson, P.M., Grandjean, A.C., Grivetti, L., McDonald, R.B., and C.M. Tipton. Introduction. Sympsium: Nutrition and Physical Performance: A Century of Progress and Tribute to the Modern Olympic Movement. Journal of Nutrition. 1997;127:857S-859S.

Grivetti, L.E., Applegate, E.A., Clarkson, P.M., Grandjean, A.C., McDonald, R.B. and C.M. Tipton. From ancient Olympia to modern Atlanta. Celebration of the Olympic Centennial. Nutrition Today. 1996;31(6):241-249.

Applegate, L.A., L. Camplen, K.L. Olin, J.B. German, H.H. Schmitz and C.L. Keen. Influence of an antioxidant nutrient fortified food product and strenuous exercise on antioxidant enzyme systems. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1996;28(5): S30.

Camplen, L.M., K.L. Olin, H.H. Schmitz, L.A. Applegate, J.B. German, J.D. Shaffrath, C. Emenhiser, S.J. Schwartz and C.L. Keen. An antioxidant-fortified energy bar can reduce exercise induced oxidative stress. FASEB, 1996;10:A477.

Holly, R.G., FACSM, D.J. Orber, L. Applegate, N. Rifai, and E.A. Amsterdam. Favorably altered lipoproteins in coronary patients with persistently elevated serum cholesterol and a healthy diet. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1991;23:530.

Applegate, E.A. Nutritional considerations for the ultraendurance athlete. International Journal of Sport Nutrition, 1991;1:118-126. [PubMed]

Uriu-Hare, J.Y., C.L. Keen, E.A. Applegate and J.S. Stern. The influence of moderate exercise in diabetic and normal pregnancy on maternal and fetal outcome in the rat. Life Sciences, 1989;45:647. [PubMed]

O'Toole, M.L., H. Iwane, P.S. Douglas, E.A. Applegate and W.D.B. Hiller. Estimates of  iron sufficiency in ultraendurance triathletes. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 1989.

O'Toole, M.L., H. Iwane, P.S. Douglas, E.A. Applegate and W.D.B. Hiller. Estimates of iron sufficiency in ultraendurance triathletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1989;21:78.

Applegate, E.A., M.L. O'Toole, and W.D.B. Hiller. Race day dietary intakes during an ultraendurance triathlon. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1989;21:48.

Applegate, E.A. Nutritional concerns of the ultraendurance athlete. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1989;21:205. [PubMed]

Runner’s World Articles 2014-2015

Power Plus, Runner’s World, January 2014, pp. 36
Heart-y Diet, Runner’s World, February 2014, pp. 36.
Coffee Perks, Runner’s World, March 2014, pp. 34.
Eight Reasons to Sip on Coffee, Runner’s World, April 2014, pp. 36.
What to Eat the Week of a Marathon, Runner’s World, May 2014, pp. 34.
Food Fight, Runner’s World, June 2014, pp. 36.
Hot Tomatoes, Runner’s World, July 2014, pp. 40.
Drink Up!, Runner’s World, August 2014, pp. 42.
Joint Food, Runner’s World, September 2014, pp. 36.
Consuming News, Runner’s World, October 2014, pp. 54.
Chili Power, Runner’s World, November 2014, pp. 46-47.
Ace Your Plate, Runner’s World, December 2014, pp. 52.
A Fresh Way To Lose, Runner’s World, January/February 2015, pp. 46-47.
Zest For Life, Runner’s World, March 2015, pp. 48.
Secret Ingredients, Runner’s World, April 2015, pp. 52-53.
Herb Appeal, Runner’s World, May 2015, pp. 52.