My Story: Maha Tahiri, Ph.D.

Vice President, Chief Health & Wellness Officer and leader of the global Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition at General Mills

I recently became a biking enthusiast.  This was surprising to me because as a young girl, I had a scary incident riding my bike and ever since then, I have avoided bike riding.  With the encouragement of my husband, I faced my fear this year and got back on a bike and…loved it! 

I have found that when riding my bike, I am more present…more in the moment…enjoying the outdoor beauty around me and taking it all in.  Facing my fear of bike riding opened up a new world for me.  I’ve improved my wellbeing, increased my stamina, and have reduced my stress while doing something that is truly fun!  

So…you may be asking yourself, what does this have to do with nutrition?  Well, if bike riding is my new joy, nutrition has definitely been my life-long passion! 

Ever since I can remember I have always loved food.  But, more importantly, I have always been acutely in-tune and incredibly intrigued by people’s interaction with food – from psychological to cultural to sociological and, yes, to nutritional.  In fact, many individuals believe that the most intimate relationship people have is between their bodies and food.  That is why I pursued and obtained a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from the National Institute of Agricultural Research in France.  I’ve turned my passion of human nutrition into my life’s work as the Vice President, Chief Health and Wellness Officer and leader of the global Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition at General Mills.  It is a privilege to be able to influence General Mills’ product development and lead our global health and nutrition strategy, as well as lead a global team that brings together capabilities in scientific research and health communications for the benefit of our customers, consumers, the food industry and nutrition communities around the world.

So, like having a balanced diet, I too need balance in my life to fuel my passion of human nutrition.  That is why finding the time to go biking is essential to my well-being.  When I am biking, I find freedom… I find perspective…I find never-ending possibilities of learning and discovery.  All of which helps me continue my life’s work of impacting people’s lives by making food people love!

Favorite way to enjoy a General Mills product: Savoring Nature ValleyTM Breakfast Biscuits with an Espresso.





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