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Suzanne Havala Hobbs, Dr PH, MS, RD is a licensed, registered dietitian and professional nutrition consultant. In addition to working with food companies, nonprofit groups and other organizations, she writes books and articles and lectures to professionals and the general public. Among her special areas of interest are health and nutrition policy, food trends, and vegetarian diets. She is also an adjunct assistant professor and program director in the School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She was the primary author of the American Dietetic Association's 1988 and 1993 position papers on vegetarian diets, and she is a founding member and former chairperson of the ADA's Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She is a nutrition adviser for the national, nonprofit Vegetarian Resource Group, and she serves on the editorial advisory board of Vegetarian Times magazine.
She is a past member of the ADA's State Media Representative/Ambassador Program. She is a regular contributor to Bottom Line/Personal and Vegetarian Journal and she has written for SELF Magazine, Vegetarian Times, Delicious!, Environmental Nutrition Newsletter, the Rochester Business Magazine, and others. She is frequently quoted in national magazines and newspapers, such as the New York Times, Parade, Shape, Runner's World, New Woman, YM, Omni, Sassy, Harper's Bazaar and many others, and has appeared on Good Morning America, the Susan Powter Show, and Weekend Today in New York.
Dr. Havala Hobbs is the author (as Suzanne Havala) of Being Vegetarian for Dummies (Hungry Minds, 2001), Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies (Hungry Minds, 2001), The Natural Kitchen (Berkley, 2000), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being Vegetarian, First Edition (Alpha, 1999), Good Foods, Bad Foods: What's Left to Eat? (Wiley,1998), The Vegetarian Food Guide and Nutrition Counter (1997), and Shopping for Health: A Nutritionist's Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Smart, Low-fat Choices at the Supermarket (HarperPerennial, 1996), as well as The American Dietetic Association's book, Being Vegetarian (1996). She is also the author of Simple, Lowfat & Vegetarian (Vegetarian Resource Group, 1994) and co-creator of the Shopping for Health video series (Family Experiences Productions, Inc., 1997). She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Havala Hobbs is certified as a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic
Association, a status granted to less than 1 percent of the nearly 70,000
members of the ADA. She is also a member of the American Public Health
Association. She holds a doctorate in public health (health policy and
administration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
as well as a Bachelor of Science degree with honor in dietetics from
Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree in human nutrition
from Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is based in Chapel Hill,
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