Marla has extensive experience providing health, nutrition, and food-related services for corporations. Her current experience includes:
Marla is the author of The DASH Diet Action Plan, she wrote the 4-week menu plan for Win the Weight Game by Sarah, the Duchess of York, and Weight Watchers Publishing, and wrote the healthy eating chapter in "I Always Start My Diet on Mondays!" by Janice Alpert. She has been a featured nutrition expert for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Pioneer Press, the Daily Herald, about.com, WGN-AM and WNUR-FM. She frequently speaks at corporations, schools, health clubs, and athletic facilities. She was a recipe contributor to MasterCook Deluxe Low Carb v7.0. She was recently awarded the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois Dietetic Association, and is a spokesperson for the Greater Midwest affiliate of the American Heart Association.
Previous experience includes positions as a food technologist, chemical industry research and marketing (technical expertise in starch chemistry, emulsions, control of microorganisms, and marketing expertise in new product development, marketing programs, promotional materials, sales training, seminars) including 5 years marketing for European markets.
Marla's 20+ years in a demanding, competitive corporation provided her with the experience to be able to work in many different environments. Her professional background enables her to bring a "can do" attitude to any project, and complete assignments on time. Even rush and last-minute projects are completed on schedule.
She is expert in providing employee seminars featuring realistic advice on how to adopt healthy behavior and fit it into a real life. Corporate weight loss programs are based on her knowledge of corporate-life "from the inside," including being experienced in extensive travel (domestic and international) and in working long hours.
Although Marla is an active member of the American Dietetic Association, and has held leadership positions in local and state organizations, her nutrition perspective is more independent and reflective of current demographic, epidemiological, nutrition research, health behavioral theory, and cultural trends, as opposed to reflecting specific doctrines of the ADA.
Marla Heller is a Registered Dietitian, and holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she has completed coursework towards a PhD in Public Health, with concentrations in Health Education and Health Promotion, and Epidemiology. (She is now preparing for preliminary exams as part of the PhD process).
She has been an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics at UIC, teaching courses on introductory food science and nutrition counseling, and has also taught at Dominican University, National-Louis University, and the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.
Her experience providing nutrition counseling for individuals keeps her up-to-date with consumer issues and concerns around food and nutrition. Her PhD work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in health behavior and health promotion provides her with a unique perspective on consumer nutrition and food behavior. And she has a variety of resources and networks with which to meet any and all corporate needs for the latest information. She recently completed a term as President of the Illinois Dietetic Association (2002-2003), and is a Past-President of the North Suburban Dietetic Association.
Upcoming speaking engagements include:
January 12, 2005 "Diet Trends Update," West Suburban Dietetic Association
February 8, 2005 "The DASH Diet for Managing Hypertension," West Allis Public Health Department
Recent consumer and corporate seminars include the following:
"Nutrition Today: Experts, Policy, and Diet Books"
"Reaching Your Healthy Weight"
"Healthy Eating for Healthy Weight"
"Protein, Carbs & Fat"
"Menopause and Weight - What to Do When the Hormones Stop"
"Healthy Meals on Hectic Schedules"
"Guilt-Free Holiday Eating"
"Taking It To Heart"
"Nutrition and Diabetes"
"Avoiding the Supersizing of America"
"How to Get Your Child to Eat . . . But Not Too Much"
"Heart Healthy Eating"
"Nutrition for Peak Performance"
"Healthy Weight for Kids"
"Nourishing Your Newborn"