Jim Krieger, MD, MPH is founding Executive Director of Healthy Food America (HFA) and Clinical Professor at University of Washington. Healthy Food America is a non-profit that promotes healthy food policy through policy analysis, research, and public education Previously, he served as chief of Chronic Disease Prevention at Public Health-Seattle & King County for 25 years and as an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle’s public hospital operated by University of Washington.
He is a nationally recognized expert in using scientific evidence, policy, and programs to prevent obesity and chronic diseases and promote health equity. His current work focuses on reducing added sugars in the American diet, increasing access to healthy foods and promoting health equity through changing food policy and industry practices and supporting food systems change. He has provided technical assistance for adoption, implementation and evaluation of sugary drink taxes in over a dozen cities, counties, states and tribes in the US, along with support for other sugar reduction policies. He is Co-Chair of Seattle’s Sugary Beverage Tax Community Advisory Group. His current work also includes development of a countermarketing social media campaign to reduce fruit drink consumption among Latinx children and evaluation of sugary drink taxes.
His work has led to improvements in school nutrition, implementation of the nation’s second menu labeling regulation, adoption of Seattle’s sugary drink tax, and increased access to healthy foods for low income people. He has developed and evaluated many programs to support healthy eating and increase access to healthy food in Seattle and King County, including healthy corner stores, incentive vouchers for low-income people to use at farmers markets, and healthier school lunchrooms.
He has led and evaluated numerous large healthy community initiatives with annual budgets of up to $25 million including Steps to Health, Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), Transforming the Health of South King County (CTG), King County Partnerships in Community Health (PICH).
His work has been funded by NIH, CDC, and many private foundations. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Local Government Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity and its Committee on 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 Award. He has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications. He has been quoted in many media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, USA Today, US News and World Reports and Politico. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard, MD at the University of California, San Francisco and MPH at University of Washington.