Food policy – From initiatives to access
Kelly Horton, MS, RD, CD, Nutrition Services Manager at Lifelong AIDS Alliance
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Kelly Horton, MS, RD, CD, is the Nutrition Services Manager at Lifelong AIDS Alliance and is also the founder of the consulting organization Connect Nutrition where she is Director and Food Policy/Nutrition Program Planning Consultant. Kelly has an interdisciplinary background in Business Management, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, and Community-based Nutrition. She chairs the World Hunger Committee of the American Dietetic Association’s Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. For Lifelong AIDS Alliance she leads a Medical Nutrition Therapy study researching healthcare cost benefit of comprehensive nutrition care for people living with chronic illnesses. In 2005, Kelly was a Science Policy and Technology Graduate Fellow at The National Academies within the Institute of Medicine on the Food and Nutrition Board. She conducted research and assisted with the Committee on Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth which produced the report Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? She has facilitated numerous training workshops and educational seminars focused on food policy, access to healthy foods, and sustainable food systems. She is Washington State Food and Nutrition Council’s Agriculture Legislative Chair, a PCC Natural Markets Trustee, a member of the Acting Seattle/King County Food Policy Council, and a member of the Community Food Security Coalition’s Policy Committee. She is passionate about strengthening intersections between food, agriculture, nutrition, and health.