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Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered, licensed dietitian and nationally recognized writer on food, nutrition and dietary guidance policy. She holds a doctorate in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is a clinical associate professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the nation’s top public school of public health. There she directs the Doctoral Program in Health Leadership and serves on the faculty of the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Nutrition.

Through her newspaper column, On The Table, Sue explores topics related to food, nutrition and related policy issues. The column reaches more than 400,000 readers weekly in The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., and in The Charlotte Observer. An archive of On The Table columns may be found at

She has written eleven books, including Living Vegetarian for Dummies, Second Edition (Wiley, 2009) Get the Trans Fat Out (Three Rivers Press, 2006), Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies (Wiley, 2001), The Natural Kitchen (Berkley, 2000), Good Foods, Bad Foods: What’s Left to Eat? (Wiley, 1998), and Shopping for Health: A Nutritionist’s Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Smart, Low-fat Choices at the Supermarket (HarperPerennial, 1996). She is a contributing writer for Bottom Line/Personal and has been a regular writer for Vegetarian Times, SELF, and other national publications.

Sue is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Dietetic Association, Association of Health Care Journalists, Association of Food Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She served on the board of directors of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. She also serves on the board of trustees of the North Carolina Writers Network.

She lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. Her family includes her husband, Michael R. Hobbs, their children, Barbara and Henry, dogs Kailani and Sperry and cat Kodak.