HANS was founded in 2017 by Dr. Elaf Farahat, a Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) with a PhD degree from Loma Linda University in Rehabilitation Science with emphasis on Nutrition Education.
Elaf has more than ten years of experience in clinical nutrition, education and public speaking. She has taught nutrition classes both domestically and internationally in various colleges and universities, she educates patients and their families daily on optimal nutrition for disease management. She has published research articles in peer reviewed journals and spoke at multiple conferences and workshops.
Dr. Farahat struggled herself to fit an exercise and healthy eating routine in her busy schedule. She tried going to the gym early morning before starting her job, which was difficult to maintain, and wished that her employer provided a gym and healthy food options rather than vending machines. That inspired her to start HANS, to incorporate health knowledge and create a healthy culture within corporations that can fit into people’s busy schedules.
HANS consists of Registered Dietitians (RD) with experience in healthcare, motivational interview and behavior change. Unlike health coaches, RDs have formal training and clinical experience that enables RDs to provide proper tools to prevent and manage diseases and chronic conditions. We also provide individualized nutrition counseling while considering the employees medical background rather than providing a one-size-fit-all solution. HANS only offers up to date evidence-based information to ensure the effectiveness of our programs.
We believe that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO). We want to help create a culture of health by positively changing employee’s health behavior and subsequently improve presenteeism, morale and productivity while reducing absenteeism and healthcare costs.