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Franca Alphin, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.


Franca Alphin provides excellent oversight for Fitness Forward in the areas of nutrition, healthy cooking and shopping, weight management and athletic performance. She will also guide Fitness Forward in preventing eating disorders in youth and promoting healthy weight balance. Franca is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Community and Family Medicine, and the Student Health Dietitian, who has worked at Duke for over 15 years.

She has an Associate Degree in medical technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Nutrition from the University of Maryland. Franca received her Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1989. Franca is a registered and licensed dietitian and gourmet cook. She is also a member of the advisory boards of Fitness and Bottom Line Health magazines.

Franca has spent much of her career working on issues relating to weight management, sports performance and disordered eating. In addition to her above mentioned appointments she is also the Chief Dietitian for the Duke Sports Performance Program. Currently she spends much of her time working on promoting good health at Duke. Franca is very actively involved with the media in promoting messages about good health and nutrition through television, magazines and newspapers, and works closely with Duke Dining Services.





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