Marla Heller

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About Marla Heller, MS, RD

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 completed course work towards a PhD in Behavior Sciences and Health Promotion. Currently she is employed by the US Department of Health and Human Services. She is experienced in a wide variety of nutrition counseling specialties. She has been an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics at UIC, teaching courses on food science and nutrition counseling and education, and has also taught at Dominican University, National-Louis University, and the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Marla has been a preceptor for dietetic interns from UIC and the University of Delaware.

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 the recently published book, "I Always Start My Diet on Mondays!" by Janice Alpert. She was a recipe contributor to MasterCook Deluxe Low Carb v7.0. She has been a featured nutrition expert for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, Chicago Health & Beauty, WGN-AM and WNUR-FM. She frequently speaks at corporations, schools, health clubs, and athletic facilities. She was a spokesperson for the Greater Midwest affiliate of the American Heart Association. She was on the advisory board for Chicago Health & Beauty.

She is a Past President of the Illinois Dietetic Association (2002-2003), and is a Past President of the North Suburban Dietetic Association (2000-2001). She was awarded the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois Dietetic Association.

In her previous career, she worked in the chemical industry, as a research chemist and in marketing for US and International markets. Her expertise in protein and starch chemistry, as well as water chemistry, prepared her well for her career in nutrition.

Marla lives with her husband Richard (who is also in the health care field, on the consulting side) and she enjoys gardening, cooking, entertaining, travel, writing, and has an extensive cook book collection. She keeps fit through a combination of aerobic exercise (a combination of running and walking about 3.5 - 4 miles on a treadmill) 3 - 4 days per week, and SuperSlow resistance training 1 day per week. She tries to follow a modified DASH diet, low in refined carbs. All of which makes her feel like she is 25!

Educational Background:

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MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago

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PhD student at University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health (current)

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Dietetic Internship: Hines VA Hospital

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Didactic Program in Dietetics: Dominican University

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BA from Illinois Wesleyan University

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Registered Dietitian, Licensed for Practice in the State of Illinois

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Culinary Training at Kendall College, Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Santa Fe School of Cooking, and the Cordon Bleu.

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Professional Food Writers' Symposium at the Greenbrier.

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Advanced Clinical Pediatric Obesity Training.

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Expert Partners in Practice, a pediatric nutrition educational program (Marla was one of 9 dietitians nation-wide selected by the American Dietetic Association Foundation for advanced training in childhood obesity and infant feeding in 2002.)

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Ellyn Satter's Treating the Dieting Casualty.

 

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