Kristal Shelden manages Dairy Council of California’s nutrition science research aggregation and translation process, serving as lead writer for its research publications including The Healthy Eating TABLE and TRENDS, as well as co-leading Trends, a proprietary monitoring system that tracks nutrition trends. She also manages projects and partnerships that promote the health of children and communities while ensuring programs and resources are grounded in evidence-based science.
Her passion for nutrition science and improving the health of children and communities through nutrition developed early. In college, Kristal
worked at summer youth camps, specifically supporting community programs that positively impact children. The experience was so rewarding that improving the lives of children through community efforts became a strong value that continues to inspire
From there, she moved to New Orleans where she saw the integral role food can play in bringing communities together. Combining her interest in public health with a love for food and nutrition, Kristal
joined Dairy Council of California to put her passion to practice, leveraging science to develop nutrition resources and support food access programs that help to ensure children and families are supported for optimal health.
Kristal earned a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She completed her dietetic internship at Tulane University.
I believe children are the heart of communities. By ensuring all children have access to healthy foods and nutrition education, we can support lifelong good health and empower healthier communities now and in the future.
For over 25 years, Rhoads has served as Dairy Council of California’s office coordinator and database technician.