Kimberly Stitzel, MS, RD

Chair, National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention

Kimberly Stitzel, MS, RD is the Immediate Past-Chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention as well as the Founder and Principle of Stitzel Health and Well-being Strategies.

Ms. Stitzel recently held the role as the Senior Vice-President, Center for Health Metrics & Evaluation for the American Heart Association. Throughout her tenure at AHA, Ms. Stitzel served as Senior Vice-President, Preventive Health Markets, Vice-President, Kid’s Market and Health Living Strategies, and as the Director of Nutrition and Obesity.

Prior to joining the AHA, Ms. Stitzel served as a nutrition advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health on federal nutrition policy at the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, she co-authored the book, A Healthier You, and served on the joint HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines management team, which facilitated the work of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. She also supported federal health and nutrition initiatives such as, Steps to a HealthierUS and Healthy People 2010. Prior employment includes Manager of National Nutrition Policy at the American Dietetic Association and research associate for the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine.  She completed her dietetic internship through Virginia Tech in Washington, DC. She completed both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, at Virginia Tech. She has been published in both scientific journals and consumer-focused magazines.