Executive Director, California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness
Arnell Hinkle works as a Community Food Coach. Her past experiences as a restaurant chef and organic farmer informed her decision to become a registered dietitian, and to pursue academic degrees in nutritional horticulture, nutrition, and public health. In addition to serving as a fellow, Arnell is the founding executive director of California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness (CANFit), a nonprofit, health promotion program that engages communities and builds their capacity to improve the nutrition and physical activity status of low-income adolescents of color. She has worked with hundreds of urban and rural, ethnic-specific community-based organizations, providing training, technical assistance and advocating for the right of low-income communities in general, and youth, specifically, to have access to safe, affordable, culturally appropriate, and healthy food and physical activity environments. She speaks nationally and provides consultation to foundations, policymakers, and community-based organizations on issues related to adolescent nutrition, health disparities, and environmental and policy strategies to improve food and physical activity environments in underserved communities. Arnell is the recipient of the 2007 American Public Health Association's Mary C Egan Award for outstanding contributions and service in public health nutrition; a 2005 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center Residency; and the 2003 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader award.