Dr. Evelyn F. Crayton, nutritionist for special endowments in nutrition and health with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, was elected Director-at-Large for the 2012-2013 Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), which is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
Dr. Crayton is one of 17 national leaders in nutrition, health and business elected to serve on the national Board. She is currently in her third year on the Board.
The Board is responsible for strategic planning, policy development and fiscal management for the Academy. Members of the Academy's Board of Directors will serve until May 2013.
Dr. Crayton, who has been internationally recognized for her work in both nutrition and health, brings 40 years of Extension experience to the position. A registered and licensed dietitian, she is also a professor in the College of Human Sciences' Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management at Auburn University.
Dr. Crayton's Board responsibilities include international work. She will make two presentations in Sydney,Australia in September on a new pilot program "An Alternative Pathway to Becoming a Registered Dietitian to Help Reduce Health Disparities."
The goal of the ACEND is to increase minority presence of registered dietitians to help reduce health disparities and provide health equity especially in rural communities.
"Reaching this goal has been a challenge because of the limited number of dietetic internships available to highly qualified individuals. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Dominican University have partnered to reach more people through this alternative program," Dr. Crayton says. Applications are being evaluated to individualize the training program for Extension employees with degrees in nutrition or closely related areas throughout the United States and the territories. Crayton says, worldwide 14 people have been admitted to the program and six of those are from Alabama.
In her new Extension position as Nutritionist for Special Endowments in Nutrition and Health, Dr. Crayton will be developing a concept paper for setting up endowments for family and consumer science programs in Extension.
A native of Jones in Morehouse Parish, La., Crayton graduated in 1968 from Grambling State University with a bachelor's degree in institutional management. She completed requirements for her dietetics license in 1969 and earned her master's degree in dietetics in 1972 from St. Louis University. She earned her doctorate in vocational and adult education from Auburn University in 1991. She also spent five years working as a therapeutic dietitian in hospitals in St. Louis.
Dr. Crayton is married to John Crayton and they have three grown children. She is the daughter of the late Mildred Ford and James Ford.
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