Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD

Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD



Nutrition and dietetics, Digital health communications


New York University



My philosophy for achieving any goal is to think simple and to think small. That doesn't mean your goal has to be simple or small, just that it is best reached through small, simple steps.​

If you're looking to eat better, choose easily accessible foods that won't break the bank. Focus on one food choice at a time—each one you make contributes to your overall eating pattern. Most importantly, know that even when each step isn't "perfect" and not everything goes as planned, you can still achieve your goals.

— Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD


Leyla has focused on digital health communication in her professional and academic careers. She is Director of Editorial Solutions at Verywell, where she helps manage content production, and has also originated numerous recipes and healthy eating content targeting diabetes and high blood pressure management, among others. In 2019, Leyla was named a PM360 ELITE Digital Crusader.

Before entering the digital health communications field, Leyla led culinary and nutrition education sessions in partnership with Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She also taught students about nutrition, farming, and cooking at GrowNYC Greenmarkets.


Leyla graduated from New York University with a master's degree in clinical nutrition in 2015. She completed her dietetic internship with Wellness Workdays, a program focused on optimizing employees' well-being at work. During her training, she helped patients with various health conditions reach their goals and learn to manage food in their day-to-day lives.

Verywell Health Editorial Process

Verywell Health is an award-winning online resource for reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information on the medical topics that matter most to you. We take a human approach to health and wellness content and reach more than 300 million readers annually.

Our editorial team includes writers, editors, and fact checkers who make sure our information is clear, accurate, and useful so you can make confident choices about your health.

Our writers are notable voices in their respective disciplines, from physicians to medical journalists to patients/patient advocates. These individuals are specifically selected for their extensive knowledge and real-world experience, as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear, helpful, and unbiased way.

Our team of qualified and experienced fact checkers provide a critical step in our commitment to content integrity. Fact checkers rigorously review articles for accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We use only the most current and reputable primary references, including peer-reviewed medical journals, government organizations, academic institutions, and advocacy associations.

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