I love my job. I thought long and hard about becoming a teacher, but then had an internship and fell in love with pediatric nutrition and the impact it has on life. I think it’s amazing that I get to help people understand how decisions made from a very young age can help prevent and treat diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
But just because I’m a dietitian doesn’t mean my kids are different than anyone else’s. I have 6 ½ year old twin boys; one eats fruits and veggies, but won't touch sweets, and one BEGS for "dessert for breakfast" (sweets) and every other meal & snack throughout the day. I just try to take a deep breath and tell myself the same thing I tell the parents I advise: stay calm.
When I’m not at work, I love to play tennis or get caught up in a good book! My husband, Darin, and I also enjoy taking advantage of all the family-friendly fun St. Louis has to offer: the St. Louis Zoo, Science Center, Magic House, libraries, and exploring all the awesome Parks!
Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, MHS, RDN, LD, FAND, has been a Washington University pediatric dietitian at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since 1990. She received her undergraduate degree in dietetics & human nutrition from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and earned her Masters of Health Science at Washington University.