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Joan Ellen Benson

Joan Ellen Benson, American dietetics educator, researcher. Certified dietitian, Utah. California State scholar, 1975-1977, Phoebe Hearst scholar, 1975-1977; Spikes biomedical research grantee University Utah, 1986.


  • Benson, Joan Ellen was born on August 26, 1954 in San Francisco, California, United States. Daughter of Lloyd F. and Joan A. (Sullivan) Benson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with honors, University California, Berkeley, 1977. Registered dietician, University California, Berkeley, 1978. Master of Science, University Utah, 1987.


    • Clinical dietitian Contra Costa County Medical Services, Martinez, California, 1978-1985. Nutrition consultant Cardiovascular Genetics, Salt Lake City, 1987-1990. Adjunct instructor dietectics University Utah, since 1987, research associate School Medicine Huntsman Cancer Research, since 1991.

      Nutrition consultant Center for Sports Medicine, St. Francis Hospital, San Francisco, 1984-1987. Visiting research associate Institute Research, Eidgenössische Sportschule, Magglingen, Switzerland, spring 1987. Nutrition consultant Optifast program Latter Day Saints Hospital, Salt Lake City, 1988-1990.

      Book reviewer Benjamin Cummings Public Company, Redwood City, California, since 1989, Mosby-Yearbook Publications, St. Louis, 1990-1991.

    Major achievements

    • Certified dietitian, Utah.


    • Author: Coaches Guide to Nutrition, 1990. Contributor articles to professional publications, chapters to books. Creator 15 part television series Science Foundations of Human Nutrition, KULC, 1995.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Committee chairman American Heart Association, Salt Lake City, 1991-1992. Member American Dietetic Association, Utah Dietetic Association, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (state representative 1990-1991), National Off-Road Biking Association (Utah Vet Mountain bike champion 1990, 92), Phi Kappa Phi.



    Mountain bike riding, skiing, backpacking, reading.


    • Married Dwight T. Hibdon, July 13, 1977.
    • father: Lloyd F. Benson
    • mother: Joan A. (Sullivan) Benson
    • spouse: Dwight T. Hibdon
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    Born August 26, 1954
    (age 63)