Joel Kimmons is a nutrition scientist and epidemiologist in Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He conducts dietary surveillance and chronic disease research and focuses on policy and environmental changes to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. He represents CDC on the Federal Dietary Reference Intakes Steering Committee the Federal Working Group on Dietary Supplements and the Farmers Market Consortium. Guided by sustainable food system approaches to idealizing dietary patterns including the influences of agricultural the environment and gastronomy he led the creation of Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations. Joel received his Ph.D. from the University of California Davis in Nutrition with an emphasis on epidemiology international nutrition issues and infant feeding. He grew up on an organic farm and continues to have close ties with farmers and the land.