Philadelphia Registered Dietitian: SWEAT Nutrition

John Rickards with Sweat Fitness will be implementing on-site Nutrition Programs at varies Sweat locations. As a Sweat member, you will be entitled to a free 15 minute consultation with one of our Registered Dietitians.

Did you know that you may be entitled to 6-10 nutrition counseling sessions for FREE? All of the Dietitians are credentialed with various insurance companies and except a range of insurances in the area. Please contact our dietitians at for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Our Dietitian program is designed with your busy lifestyle in mind. One-on-one nutrition counseling is helpful for anyone trying to gain or lose weight, has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or just who wants to make better choices, eat healthier, have more energy, reach fitness goals faster, and live a better life.

John Rickards: Center City

John has a passion is to educate and inspire people to live a healthy and balanced life through eating mindfully and being active. John is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed through the state of PA. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and has his Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

John is a native to the Philadelphia area and grew up in Chalfont located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He attended La Salle University in Philadelphia, where he studied Nutrition while being a division 1 athlete during his undergraduate studies. While in Graduate School for Education, John was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach working with a number of different Division 1 teams and athletes. He applies many of the skills he developed through his experience of coaching to his counseling sessions.

John has been counseling people through a variety of health concerns for over 5 years in a various settings. He has experience in counseling thousands of clients, male and female, athletes and non-athletes, ages 8 to 85 years old. John is extremely passionate about wellness and tries to be a great example for his clients. He has been running for over 10 years, bikes, and plans to complete his first full marathon in the fall of 2015.

“When counseling, I really try to be as down to earth as possible. I do not expect that someone is going to change overnight nor should they. I want my clients to understand that we ARE going to hit challenges along the way… This is all part of the process. I also want them to understand that while we work together, they WILL develop the tools necessary to get through those challenges. People are busy and live busy lifestyles. As a Dietitian, it is my job to simplify eating right. Food is fun and enjoyable. Let’s keep it this way.”

Penn Med PhotoHa Nguyen: Queen Village and Center City

Ha Nguyen, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She obtained her bachelors degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Drexel University. Her training in dietetics includes nutrition counseling at Drexel’s Center for Integrated Nutrition and Performance and medical nutrition therapy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ha has co-authored a book chapter on vitamins and trace minerals in sports nutrition for the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, a multi-volume International Olympic Committee Medical Commission publication. She also has a certificate of training in Adult Weight Management and is ServSafe certified in food safety.

Through her nutrition coaching, Ha enjoys helping clients maintain a healthy weight, gain more energy, sleep better, and feel good about themselves. Her passion is to promote longevity and empower others to live their best lives. In her free time, Ha enjoys trying new fitness classes, experimenting with different recipes/ingredients, and exploring Philadelphia’s ever-changing metropolis.

gia copyGia Richter: Conshohocken and King of Prussia

Gia is a Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is licensed in Pennsylvania. Gia was born and raised in Philadelphia and did her undergrad and dietetic internship at La Salle University. She accredits her passion for food and nutrition to her mom who always made it a priority to provide her family with wholesome, home cooked meals. “One of my favorite memories as a child is my whole family eating dinner together every night. Food is exciting and nourishing and should always be thought of in a positive way. I try to steer away from words like ‘diet’ and ‘bad’ when educating others. I like to help people realize that with a healthy balance and small, realistic changes, anyone can accomplish their goals.”

Gia has experience working in a variety of different settings including education, clinical, and public health nutrition. She was most recently a Registered Dietitian/Project Coordinator at Drexel University where she conducted interactive nutrition lessons for students in the Philadelphia area. She now focuses on more personalized nutrition counseling for individuals ready to
make healthy lifestyle changes. Gia is currently credentialed through Independence Blue Cross.

Please contact our dietitians at for more information or to schedule your appointment.