Dr. Tiffani Thomas, a resident in The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, attended the Health Meets Food conference this month in New Orleans. She was one of 240 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, registered dietitians, chefs and nutrition specialists who attended the four-day event, which has grown into one of the nation’s leading conferences dedicated to teaching medical professionals about the important connection between good health and healthy eating. The conference offered sessions about how to guide patients to make informed food choices that support better health. The conference is hosted by the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine. The center is the nation’s first dedicated teaching kitchen to be implemented at a medical school and provides hands-on training for medical students through culinary medicine classes and continuing education for the health care and food service industries.