New York, New York (October 16, 2017) — Thrive Global, in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., today announced the honorees for The Fuel List, Thrive Global’s first franchise. The Fuel List champions 20 influential new role models — academics, activists, authors, scientists, entrepreneurs, and beyond — who are changing the way we fuel our minds and bodies to thrive every day across the worlds of sleep, nutrition, movement, and mindfulness. The Fuel List aims to inspire and empower people to make small changes with big impact on their well-being and performance.

“We’re thrilled to be launching The Fuel List together with Quaker,” said Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global. “Science shows that nutrition, sleep, movement and mindfulness should be prioritized in each of our lives, and these honorees are truly redefining the way we recharge ourselves both mentally and physically.”

“As a leader in morning nutrition for the past 140 years, Quaker has helped promote healthy hearts, provide sustained energy and inspire culinary creativity through the simple yet powerful oat,” said Sadira Furlow, Senior Marketing Director of Consumer Engagement, PepsiCo North America Nutrition. “We also recognize that nutrition is one piece of the wellness journey, so we are proud to help honor visionaries in other areas of wellness who motivate and aid people in pursuit of living better.”

Out of nearly 100 nominees, The Fuel List judges Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global; Callie Schweitzer, Chief Content Officer, Thrive Global; Sadira Furlow, Senior Marketing Director of Consumer Engagement, PepsiCo North America Nutrition; and Candice Morgan, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Pinterest selected the 20 honorees below.

The Fuel List Honorees:


  • McKel Hill is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and coach best known for founding the popular nutrition blog Nutrition Stripped. Through her blog and cookbook, Hill combines her credentials and accessible voice to create a unique and holistic approach to healthy eating.

  • Ellie Krieger is executive producer of the cooking series “Ellie’s Real Good Food” and the host of Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite.” As a registered dietitian nutritionist and cookbook author, Krieger combines her skills to reveal the place where delicious meets healthy.

  • Candice Kumai is a wellness and food writer and chef whose combination of cooking and nutrition expertise and journalistic experience position her to deliver tips for fueling both the mind and body.

  • Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones are the minds behind the food blog, online store and YouTube channel, “Food Heaven Made Easy.” Their blog is a compilation of recipes, cooking videos and nutrition tips in which they teach people that making healthy recipes from scratch is possible.

  • Art Smith is an author, chef, and co-founder of Common Threads, a non-profit teaching the importance of healthy cooking and living to children and their families in underserved communities. As a celebrated chef who has been open about his personal weight loss and health journey, Art inspires kids to make smarter food choices every day.


  • Dr. Michael Breus is a board-certified sleep specialist, author and expert. He aims to teach people how to get better sleep in order to increase productivity and perform better in all aspects of life.

  • Dr. Michael Grandner is the director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona and director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at the Banner-University Medical Center. He has dedicated his career as a doctor, author and sleep scientist to researching the essential role that sleep plays in our lives.

  • Dr. Wendy Troxel is a behavioral and social scientist and professor best known for her TED talk “Why schools should start later for teens.” She is a leading voice in the conversation about how sleep affects performance and the economic impact of lost sleep.

  • Dr. Els van der Helm is the founder of a sleep consulting firm specializing in coaching businesses and leaders on how to improve effectiveness, health and engagement through sleep management. Her doctorate degree in psychology and master’s degree in neuroscience equip her to counsel others on how sleeping well is key to success.

  • Dr. Matt Walker is a professor, entrepreneur, and leading researcher specializing in sleep and neuroscience. He served as the chief scientist at Hello, where he helped shape the scientific vision and development of the sleep tracking product Sense.


  • Gideon Akande is a passionate ambassador for health and fitness and the creator of Men’s Health’s Riptensity fitness training series. Through his personal training, at-home Riptensity workout and corporate bootcamps, he shares his belief that fitness is attainable for everyone.

  • Joanne Encarnacion is the founder and editor of the blog GOFITJO through which she spreads the belief that fitness is not about the perfect body, it’s about overcoming fears and building self-confidence.

  • Stacey Griffith is a Senior Master Instructor at SoulCycle and author of “Two Turns from Zero.” She has used her position as one of the best known personalities of SoulCycle to help thousands of people find a new love of movement and connection with something deeper inside themselves.

  • Nastia Lukin is an entrepreneur, beauty and lifestyle blogger, gymnastics mentor and former olympian. Using her unique American Dream story, Nastia dedicates her life to encouraging young women to turn their own dreams into a reality through hard work.

  • Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positivity advocate and author of “Every Body Yoga.” Through her yoga classes, blog and book, Stanley has demonstrated that yoga is for people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds.


  • Leo Babauta is the creator of the blog Zen Habits, a website and blog about finding simplicity and mindfulness each day. He has used mindfulness to make sweeping positive changes in his life, inspiring his 200,000+ subscribers along the way.

  • Brené Brown is a best-selling author and top research professor at the University of Houston, where she has studied courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy for the past 16 years. She is also the CEO of Brave Leaders Inc., an organization that brings courage-building programs to teams and change-makers of all types. Through her books, research, and leadership, Brown has inspired millions to live their lives in the moment and embrace being vulnerable and courageous.

  • Ellen Langer is a Harvard psychologist and the founder of The Larger Mindfulness Institute. Known as the “Mother of Mindfulness,” she is a pioneer in the field, and was one of the first people to separate mindfulness from meditation. Her research has started powerful conversations about mindfulness, asserting that our limits are of our own making.

  • Khajak Keledjian is the founder and CEO of INSCAPE, a meditation center that helps empower people to live life to their fullest potential. INSCAPE offers an immersive meditation and relaxation experience both in a New York City studio and through an iOS app, which was featured as a number 1 “New Apps We Love” in Apple’s App Store.

  • angel Kyodo Williams is an ordained Zen priest, the founder of the Center for Transformative Change, and the author of “Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace and Radical Dharma.” Through her leadership and writing, she is a leading voice in American Zen Buddhism.

The Fuel List will culminate with an event at the Pinterest New York headquarters in November featuring talks from select honorees and a fireside chat with Arianna Huffington. Guests will be invited to participate in experiential microstep stations that showcase small, practical, and science-backed actions to help improve their sleep, nutrition, movement, and mindfulness.

Founded by Arianna Huffington in 2016, Thrive Global’s mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Thrive Global’s media platform is leading this culture shift through conversation and storytelling that helps people move from knowing what to do to actually doing it — all rooted in the latest scientific research and finding.

Content related to The Fuel List, including profiles of the honorees, will be hosted at


About Thrive Global

Thrive Global’s mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being, performance, and purpose, and create a healthier relationship with technology. Recent science has shown that the pervasive belief that burnout is the price we must pay for success is a delusion. We know, instead, that when we prioritize our well-being, our decision-making, creativity, and productivity improve dramatically. Thrive Global is committed to accelerating the culture shift that allows people to reclaim their lives and move from merely surviving to thriving.

About The Quaker® Oats Company

The Quaker Oats Company, headquartered in Chicago, is a unit of PepsiCo, Inc., one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies. For 140 years, Quaker’s brands have served as symbols of quality, great taste and nutrition. Quaker® Oats, Quaker® Rice Cakes and Quaker Chewy® Granola Bars are consumer favorites. For more information, please visit, or follow us on Twitter @Quaker.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

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