February 28, 2018Suzanne Henson, RD, MS, a registered dietitian at University Medical Center, was elected Alabama’s delegate to the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She will serve a three-year term. The academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutritional professionals. Its membership includes more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners, including registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, and other dietetics professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics. In addition to her role with UMC, which is operated by the College of Community Health Sciences, Henson is also an assistant professor in the College’s Department of Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine. She is responsible for the education, coordination and provision of nutritional information to resident physicians and medical students, and assists UMC patients in the promotion of their health. The mission of the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is to improve the nation’s health and advance the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. The academy was founded in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio, by a group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve public health and nutrition during World War I.