Director of Nutrition Services
FitBox founder Akiko Harris knows healthy nutrition. Born in Yokosuka Japan, she was raised on “real”, food and was taught healthy eating and preparation methods at an early age. She remembers choosing nutrient-rich bento boxes as a child in the train stations of Japan while traveling with her family.
After moving to the United States at the age of 7, she was exposed to the cultural differences in meal preparation and America’s appetite for “convenience” foods which she recognized as highly processed and lacking in nutrients to fuel the body and maintain optimal health.
In college, she began to prepare bento boxes for her classmates and friends to take to class instead of leftover pizza. Her passion for food and international cuisine set her course for the future and she graduated in 2002 with a BBA in Hospitality and Culinary Certification from Georgia State University.