(courtesy of New York Times)

Called “the high priestess of health” by Time Magazine, Jane E. Brody is nationally treasured as an inspirational speaker and writer.

Brody is the Personal Health columnist for The New York Times, a position she has held since 1976. Her column is widely read and quoted column, which appears in The Times’ Science Times section and in a myriad of other journals around the country.

She joined The Times in 1965 as a full-time specialist in medicine and biology, after serving two years as a general assignment reporter for The Minneapolis Tribune.

Ms. Brody has also written many magazine articles and lectures frequently on health issues to audiences both lay and professional. She has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows throughout the country and has received numerous prestigious awards for journalistic excellence. In 1987, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Princeton University. She also has honorary doctorates from Hamline University in St. Paul, the State University of New York Health Sciences University, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Long Island University.

She has written more than a dozen books including the best sellers “Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book” and “Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.” Her other books include “Jane Brody’s Good Food Gourmet,” “Jane Brody’s Good Seafood Book,” “Jane Brody’s Cold and Flu Fighter,” “Jane Brody’s Allergy Fighter,” “The New York Times Book of Health” and “The New York Times Book of Women’s Health.” She is co-author of “The New York Times Guide to Alternative Health,” published in 2001. Her newest work, “Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life,” was published in February 2009.

Ms. Brody received her B.S. degree in biochemistry from the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 1962 and a master’s degree in science writing from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism the following year.

Ms. Brody was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she presently resides. Her husband, Richard Engquist, a lyricist for the musical theater, died in 2010. Their twin sons, Erik and Lorin, both married, share her enthusiasm for wholesome food and fitness. She is the proud grandparent of four boys, including a pair of Brooklyn-born twins.