About The Work
Patrick is interested in how people think about and pursue health, especially in the fitness, nutrition and weight-loss realms. His work has focused on food advertising, food policy, obesity prevention, health promotion, consumer advocacy, outdoor recreation and fitness, parks and public land, ocean conservation, food justice, and ecological impacts of food production.
Mustain’s multimedia and written work appears regularly in Scientific American Food Matters and The Daily Beast, and has been featured in Alert Diver, Business Insider, Civil Eats, Grist, The Hill, The Huffington Post, The Laura Flanders Show, Medium, Men’s Journal, The New York Times, Nashville Public Television, North Carolina Health News, North Carolina Public Television, Quartz, Upworthy, The Wall Street Journal, Weighty Matters, and Yahoo! News.
About Patrick Mustain
After four years in the U.S. Navy, Patrick began working as a personal trainer while pursuing an undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Illinois, then a master of public health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and finally a master of arts at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
His focus on public health brought him to the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity where he acted as a communications manager until the research center moved to UConn in 2014. After leaving the Rudd Center Patrick worked as a freelance health and science writer and digital producer in Minneapolis before moving to Washington, D.C. for a writing, editing and multimedia production position for the ocean conservation organization Oceana.
Patrick was a regular contributor to Scientific American’s Food Matters blog. His commentary, “Dear American Consumers,” was the 2013 Scientific American blog of the year, and the highest-read post in Scientific American history at the time of its publishing.
He was also a contributor to The Daily Beast’s weekend series “The Cult of Fitness.”
In 2014, Patrick co-founded NewBodyEthic.org, a project aimed at reforming the health and fitness industry to make it more inclusive, responsible and effective, by bringing together professionals who are dedicated to providing evidence-based, hype free health advice to consumers.
He continues to freelance, working on multimedia production, and health and science writing. When he’s not doing this, he’s probably rock climbing, racing DC traffic on his bike, eating a sandwich, or shredding on his acoustic guitar. As one does.