Jeff and Hillary

Jeff and Hillary

About the Authors

Hillary Feerick and Jeff Hillenbrand have been married for 15 years and have two young children, a girl and a boy. Months before their first child was born, they began to delve more deeply into infant and maternal nutrition.

Health and wellness were priorities for their family, and they wanted to give their children the healthiest start possible. Six years later, compelled by the difficulties of raising healthy children in a fast-paced, junk-food-filled world, they decided to combine their expertise in health (Jeff holds a BS in exercise science) and writing (Hillary holds a BA and MA in English and is an English teacher) to create Mitch Spinach, a healthy role model for children.

Mitch Spinach book cover

They wrote the first book in the series, The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach, with a passion to help abate the trend in nutrition-related diseases, such as type II diabetes, childhood obesity, ADD, ADHD, and chronically low immune systems.

As parents, they knew that kids don't like to be lectured about eating. However, they also knew that kids desperately needed a cool hero who espouses a healthy lifestyle for them to emulate. The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach provides children with an entertaining, motivating but subtle lesson about eating healthy. They knew that parents would catch the allusion to their old friend Popeye, and kids would love hearing about the new super kid on the block, Mitch Spinach.

Dr. Fuhrman

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

About Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Dr. Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician, author and nutritional researcher, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. As one of the country's leading experts on nutrition and natural healing, Dr. Fuhrman. has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, TV Food Network, CNBC and many more.

Disease Proof book cover

Dr. Fuhrman presides over the nutritional and medical aspects of the Mitch Spinach mission. His endorsement and collaboration have ensured that the Teaching Points section, recipe and the information presented in the books and on the website are based on sound medical and nutritional evidence. Dr. Fuhrman's book, Disease Proof Your Child demonstrates that good health begins in childhood and that scientific evidence suggests that the food children eat in the first 10 years of their lives can have a critical and profound effect on their life-long health.

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Andrea Vitali

Andrea Vitali

About the Illustrator

Andrea Vitali is an internationally acclaimed illustrator who lives and works in both Italy and Ireland. Andrea began developing his drawing and cartooning skills as a child. Having graduated in 2005 from L'Accademia Delle Belle Arti University in Torin, Italy, Andrea worked for some of the leading Italian cartoon companies. He is currently working as a freelance graphic designer and digital illustrator in the United States but has never abandoned traditional illustration and painting techniques. Art has always been a passion to him. He has illustrated many children's books that promote children's well-being and is happy to be using his talent to convey good principles.