Academy Spokespersons

Washington State is fortunate to have 3 designed Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokespersons residing in state.

Kim Larson, RDN, CSSD, CD, CHC

Areas of Expertise
• Disease Prevention
• Health Coaching
• Nutrition Education for consumer
• Nutrition & Aging
• Sports Nutrition & Fitness
• Weight Loss
• Nutrition Trends & Fads

Larson is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics and founder of Total Health, a nutrition consulting company specializing in nutrition, fitness and health coaching for individuals, athletes and teams. Larson also speaks to audiences including consumer groups, teams, community programs, the fitness industry, schools and corporations. Larson has extensive experience in public relations, communications, writing, program design and nutrition education for consumers. Larson is a graduate of Viterbo University.

Angel Planells, MS, RDN, CD

Areas of Expertise:
• Aging and Nutrition
• Behavior and Lifestyle Modification
• Elderly Nutrition/Gerontology
• Men's Nutrition
• Obesity and Weight Management

Planells works as lead dietitian in the Home Based Primary Care program at the Veterans Administration in Puget Sound, focusing on improving veterans' quality of life while reducing emergency room visits, hospitalizations and nursing home admissions. He is also owner of ACP Nutrition, a private practice and consulting firm. Planells has been honored for his work as chair in the Academy's National Organization of Men in Nutrition member interest group for recruiting and retaining men in the dietetics profession. He was named the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2016 from the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and earned a certificate of training in adult weight management. Planells is a graduate of Tulane University and earned a master's degree in exercise physiology and nutrition from Columbia University.

Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RDN, CSSD

Areas of Expertise:
• Carbohydrates
• Eating Disorders
• Epidemiology (Research Review and Analysis)
• Sports Nutrition and Fitness
• Vitamin D

Pritchett is an assistant professor of sports nutrition at Central Washington University. As a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, she has consulted with elite and collegiate athletes as well as active individuals. She competed on the swimming and diving team at the University of Alabama. Pritchett is the fact sheet editor and a member of the leadership committee of the Academy's Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group. She is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine and has authored research articles for scientific journals and presented at regional and national conferences. Her research interests include post-exercise nutrition for recovery and vitamin D status of athletes with a spinal cord injury. Pritchett is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned a doctorate in kinesiology.