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James Krieger  

Executive Director at Healthy Food America

Jim Krieger, MD, MPH is founding Executive Director of Healthy Food America (HFA), formerly chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section at Public Health-Seattle & King County, and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Health Services at University of Washington. Dr. Krieger is a nationally recognized leader in the development and evaluation of community-based chronic disease prevention programs. His work has included supporting improvements in school nutrition and physical activity, implementing and evaluating the nation’s second menu labeling regulation, reducing exposure to sugary drinks, expanding access to healthy foods for low income people, supporting development of healthier built environments, and promoting adoption of smoke-free policies for in public housing. His community health worker home visit and healthy housing initiatives aimed at improving asthma outcomes have been widely replicated.

He has led numerous healthy community initiatives, including Steps to Health, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Transforming the Health of South King County (CTG), and King County Partnerships in Community Health (PICH).

In his current role as Executive Director of HFA, he is focused on promoting healthy food consumption and accessibility while reducing exposure to and consumption of unhealthy foods. In addition to its own programs, HFA leverages resources to support initiatives among partner organizations with aligned missions.

His work has been funded by NIH, CDC, HUD and many private foundations. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Childhood Obesity Action for Local and its Committee for Evaluating Progress in Obesity Prevention. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Innovation in Prevention, the HUD Healthy Homes Innovation, and the US EPA Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Awards. He is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

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