Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Meet the HKC Trainers

Healthy Kids Challenge® (HKC) staff of registered, licensed dietitians has years of experience as trainers, mentors, and coaches for schools, programs, and communities in creating actions that support healthy eating and physical activity choices. HKC dietitians specialize in program assessment and guide user friendly ideas and resources.  Workshops, curriculum and activities help schools and youth programs implement wellness policies, meet the HealthierUS School Challenge, and teach kids nutrition from childcare through middle school.

Healthy Kids Challenge® Trainers

National Award Winning HKC develops viable solutions for kids and families to Eat, Move, and Enjoy Healthy Balance™.

Our vision is for all have a healthy balance of eating and active living everywhere they live, learn, work and play.

VickieVickie L. James, RD, LD
HKC Creator & Workshop Trainer

ClaudiaClaudia Hohnbaum, MA, RD, LD
HKC Co-Creator

JaneJane Pelkki, MPH, RD, LD
Workshop Trainer


Vickie L. James, RD, LD, HKC Creator & Workshop Trainer

Her passion and expertisea vision to create a path, yet not paved, that can lead the way for schools, families, and communities to get healthier…has developed HKC, a small nonprofit, into an organization with large scale capacity.

  • B.S. Dietetics and Institutional Management, Kansas State University
  • Registered, licensed dietitian
  • Presented the 2003-04 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (American Dietetics Association) Award of Excellence in Community Dietetics
  • 2012 MDPA Communicating Childhood Obesity Prevention and Policy Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 15+ years of experience implementing, managing, and consulting community wellness projects and initiatives

In addition to directing HKC, Vickie is known for

  • Interactive, inspiring and educational workshop messages
  • Mentoring university students to become tomorrow's healthcare professionals
  • Working with schools and community programs leadership to bring creative solutions for wellness to the forefront of their daily practice
  • Networking and partnering with leaders and business across the U.S.

Quote: "My work is a gift, a wonderful opportunity to help others and feel like I can do something to make a difference today for tomorrow."

Claudia L. Hohnbaum, MA, RD, LD, HKC Co-Creator

  • B.S. Food and Nutritional Sciences, Iowa State University
  • M.A. Instructional Design, Health Sciences, University of Iowa
  • Registered, licensed dietitian
  • 15+ years of experience implementing, managing, and consulting community wellness projects and initiatives

In addition to assisting with day-to-day operations, Claudia manages:

  • Grant writing and project evaluation
  • Website development
  • Resource and toolkit development
  • Various initiatives

Quote: "Each day we take a minute to find one simple and enjoyable healthy change we can make, we open the door for fit and healthy kids.”

Jane Pelki, RD, LD, Workshop Trainer

  • B.S., Dietetics, Southeast Missouri State University
  • MPH, Nutrition, University of Minnesota
  • Registered, licensed dietitian
  • 20 years experience with community nutrition and diabetes education

Quote: "It's a privilege to work with creative educators who want to help children in all areas of life-especially in making healthy choices!"

Designwoerks, Layout and Design

Toolkit and resource graphic design.