She started ‘The Food Medic’ blog in 2012, as a medical student, in a bid to bridge the gap between conventional medical advice and the latest thoughts and developments in nutrition and other areas of lifestyle. The blog has now extended to various other platforms and publications including social media, two books, The Food Medic and The Food Medic for life, and a podcast where she interviews leading experts on how we can live healthier lives. Dr.Hazel is also a qualified personal trainer and is passionate in the use of exercise as medicine, which was the topic of her TEDX talk.
Hazel is currently working as a COVID doctor during this pandemic, treating patients acutely unwell with COVID and seeing patients in follow-up clinic with Post COVID syndrome (aka. Long COVID).
Hazel studied Medical Sciences (BSc Hons) at the University of South Wales between 2009 – 2012, graduating with first-class honours and an award for the highest academic achievement in her year cohort. Following her undergraduate degree, Hazel pursued a 4-year graduate degree in Medicine (MBBCh) at Cardiff University. During her time at medical school, she also gained her level 2 and level 3 qualification as a personal trainer. She has recently completed a masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Public Health nutrition at University College London.
Her debut book ‘The Food Medic” was released on May 4th, 2017 and made both the UK and Irish Bestseller lists (at number 3 and number 1 respectively). Her second book “The Food Medic for Life” was released the following year in April 2018, which also made the bestseller charts. Hazel hosts her own podcast “The Food Medic” interviewing leading experts in their field and sharing actionable advice on how we can live healthier lives. Hazel is a columnist for Health and Wellbeing magazine and features on James Martin Saturday Morning Kitchen as their resident doctor.
In September 2017, Hazel was chosen as the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association ‘Blogger of the Year 2017 and in February 2018, was awarded the Wellness Blogger of the Year Award at The Wellness Awards 2018. The Food Medic was also ranked as one of the top 10 best Nutrition Blogs in the UK. In 2020 she also launched her own The Food Medic menu with the PAUL across the UK.
Before joining HCZ Hayling was a strategy consultant at FSG, where he developed the firm’s systems change practice, advised social sector clients on education initiatives, and helped launch collective impact efforts around the country. Prior to joining FSG Hayling worked as a federal advocate promoting public policy impacting youth and families. Through this work he supported the rollout of the federal Promise Neighborhoods initiative, providing advocacy support and technical assistance to cradle-to-career efforts nationwide. Hayling received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He also received his Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.