DASH Diet Seminars
Marla Heller, MS, RD
Marla Heller, MS, RD is available for providing DASH diet seminars for
healthcare professionals and for lay audiences. Call 847-461-9822 or email
Programs are often organized by public health departments for public
health nurses and dietitians, students, dietetics groups, and by hospitals
or community organizations for the general public.
Here is a link to a recent teleseminar on the DASH diet. http://ds1.downloadtech.net/cn1086/audio/91515325301236-001.mp3
Marla's recent consumer, healthcare professional, and corporate seminars have included the following:
"Fad Diets Trends Update"
"The DASH Diet for Managing Hypertension"
"Nutrition Today: Experts, Policy,
and Diet Books"
"Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight"
"Protein, Carbs & Fat -
Making Sense of Today's Diets"
"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 Heart Disease"
"Nutrition and Diabetes"
"Avoiding the Supersizing of
"How to Get Your Child to Eat . . .
But Not Too Much"
"Nutrition for Peak Performance"
"Healthy Weight for Kids"
"Nourishing Your Newborn"
Marla has extensive experience providing health,
nutrition, and food-related services for corporations. Her current experience
- Speaker. Employee seminars.
- Corporate weight loss programs.
- Author. (Book chapters, articles, newsletters.)
- Menu development.
- Recipe development, modification, and analyses.
- Market research.
- Expertise in weight management, obesity, nutritional management of heart disease (hypertension,
cholesterol, triglycerides, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome), consumer
behavior for food, nutrition and health, low carb diets, childhood weight
- Corporate clients have included: Crate & Barrel, Searle, Grainger,
Baxter Healthcare, Weight Watchers, Weight Watchers Publishing, Quality Catering, CCH, CDW,
Club, Mead Johnson, GE Capital, Edelman, Leo Burnett, Phillips+Co, and Seed
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.
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.
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 for
several years 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
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.