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Bio: Miriam J. Gaines (Mim), MACT, RDN, LD, FAND

Mim Gaines has 41 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics. Her professional dietetics career includes work as a corporate nursing home dietitian, public health nutrition, and a college instructor.  In 1994, she created the Nutrition and Physical Activity Division at the Alabama State Health Department and served as the director until 2013, when she retired.  In 2014 she started a second full-time career at Samford University as the Dietetic Internship Director and Assistant Professor.  In May 2019, she started semi-retirement and is currently an assistant professor at Samford and a consultant for the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists. The Alabama Obesity Task Force recognized her by creating a Miriam J Gaines Leadership Award given to selected members on an annual basis. Mim holds leadership positions in numerous professional and community service endeavors.

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