Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, MHS, RD, LD is a past national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. She is a clinical pediatric dietitian at Washington University School ofMedicine in St. Louis and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She is the study coordinator of an international investigation of nutritional prevention of Type 1 diabetes, TRIGR which is being conducted at the university’s Patient Oriented Research Unit. Tanner-Blasiar teaches dietetic interns and speaks frequently to groups including parents, physicians and other health professionals on children’s nutrition and obesity. Tanner-Blasiar created the hospital’s “Head to Toe” adolescent obesity fitness program and assisted with the “FAN Club” 30-week obesity program. She was named one of 2006’s “Most Influential” therapists by Therapy Times. Tanner-Blasiar earned a certificate of training in childhood and adolescent weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 2003. She was named the Missouri Dietetic Association’s 1997 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year and the 2004 Missouri Outstanding Dietitian of the Year. Tanner-Blasiar received the 2004 College of Agriculture, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences’ Young Alumni Award from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, where she earned an undergraduate degree. Tanner-Blasiar earned a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.