National nutrition expert recipient of the CHHS Outstanding Alumna Award

October 21, 2015

Kathy King

Kathy King ('69), an alumna of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, received the College of Health and Human Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award, which honors outstanding alumni from the college who, through their distinguished careers and/or service to the university, state, nation, or world, have brought honor to Colorado State University and to themselves. King was recognized at the 2015 Homecoming Breakfast on October 16.

Also recognized at the Homecoming Breakfast was Rosie Gomez (M.S. human development and family studies, '05), who received the Emerging Leader Award.

Kathy King received her bachelors in food science and nutrition in 1969. One of her favorite courses was a half nutrition, half animal science class, where she learned to identify the cuts of meat from different animals. She was then asked to cook the meat in various ways.

"We had a great group of dietetic students and teaching staff," says King. "I remember that we were competitive and inquisitive."

Upon graduation, she worked as a clinical dietitian before becoming the first dietitian in the U.S. to start her own private practice in preventive nutrition in 1972. She was also the first dietitian to consult for a professional sports team - the Denver Broncos - and was the first recipient of the American Dietetic Association's Foundation Award for Excellence in Practice for Consultation and Private Practice in 1987. In 2010, she was recognized for her lifelong contribution to the nutrition profession with the Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, among many other awards and recognitions.

"My career as a dietitian and entrepreneur has given me strength, direction, satisfaction, overwhelming challenges, and tons of very close friends and colleagues. I hope that somewhere along the way it made a difference," says King.

In 1991, King founded Helm Publishing, which publishes her popular textbooks used nationwide, as well as 17 other books and more than 220 continuing education courses.

Her nominator, Savannah Helm, wrote, "Colorado State University provided Kathy King with an exceptional education in the nutrition profession. She is a role model that other students and dietitians look to when choosing universities, internship programs, career paths, and career changes. CSU provided the building blocks of her hard work ethic, brilliant career, and philanthropic endeavors."

"Winning this award puts a smile on my face and a warm place in my heart," shares King. "This award is humbling and makes me very proud."

Photo: Kathy King, left, received the CHHS Outstanding Alumni Award from Dean Jeff McCubbin at the college's Homecoming Breakfast on October 16.

Contact:  Shannon Dale

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