Kim Rush Lynch
Kim has had a passion for food her entire life. She has been involved in every aspect of the food cycle from seed to plate. As a PLAYcoach, Kim advocates playing with food and finds joy in sharing her sense of humor and insights from her adventures in the garden and kitchen.
Kim is a Certified Nutritional Consultant through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants and a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She also holds certifications through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Columbia University’s Teachers College. Kim has received additional training through Marc David’s Professional Teletraining program in Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition Counseling through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and and both the essential oils and detoxification programs at Tulsi Holistic Living. She has a B.A. in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and served as the director of the Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum, where she was honored with the 2005 Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for Environmental Educators.
In 2011, Kim teamed up with Chelsea Calhoun, a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, and created a program called Play. Love. Achieve Youthfulness (PLAY). PLAY uses food and movement to show participants how to create vibrant health and fun in their busy lives. In addition to her personalized health coaching services and PLAY programs, Kim offers natural food store tours, healthy kitchen makeovers, workshops, cooking classes for adults and kids and workplace wellness programs.
Look for Kim at the Greenbelt Co-op Supermarket and Pharmacy where she educates patrons about natural foods and healthy eating through a variety of workshops and food demonstrations. Most recently, Kim has been invited to serve on the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council.
Kim is the co-founder of the Greenbelt Farmers Market and chairs the herb study group of the Herb Society of America’s Potomac Unit. She holds memberships with the American Botanical Council, Biodynamic Farming and Garden Association, Slow Food USA, Unity Center of Light, Weston A. Price Foundation and Route 1 Velo, a local cycling club sponsored by Arrow Bicycle in Hyattsville, MD.
Kim has a deep appreciation for local, seasonal foods, nutrient-dense farming practices, food energetics and play. When she’s not thinking about food or teaching, you can find Kim playing in her garden, biking, roller skating, or practicing yoga.