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Elizabeth M Kitchin, PhD, RD

Elizabeth M Kitchin, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition Sciences
1675 University Blvd.
Webb 558
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 934-7474

Beth Kitchin earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and her master's degree in human nutrition and foods from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She has received her Ph.D. in health education and promotion in UAB's School of Public Health.

Beth is presently an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics teaching several undergraduate courses and directing the activities of the EatRight Information Hotline and the Tone Your Bones Hotline. She has been the patient educator in UAB's Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic since 1997. Together with Don Lein, M.S., P.T., she has developed the popular Tone Your Bones osteoporosis education class, the Tone Your Bones Osteoporosis Nutrition and Exercise program, and the weekly Tone Your Bones exercise class. Beth was awarded the Outstanding UAB Woman Staff Member Award in 2001.

Beth can be seen weekly on Birmingham's Fox 6 morning program Good Day Alabama. She is also a popular actress on the local Birmingham theatrical scene.

Research Interest

Interpersonal communication and patient education, mass communication and health behavior

Courses Taught

Nutrition 222: Nutrition and Health Nutrition 220: Contemporary Issues in Nutrition Beth is currently developing a course in Medical Journalism with Dr. Hugh Merrill from the UAB Department of Communication Studies.

YouTube Videos

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Representative Publications

  1. Peel C, Lein D, Kitchin B, Morgan S. "Tone Your Bones": a model for health education for older adults. Journal ofPhysical Therapy Education. 2001;15:23-28.
  2. Kitchin B, Morgan S. Nutritional Considerations in Osteoporosis. Current Opin Rheumatol. 2003; 15: 476-480.


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