The Emerging Dietetic Leader Award recognizes the competence and activities of dietitians, regardless of age, who have made distinctive contributions early in their dietetics careers. They must have been in practice not less than 5 years and not greater than 15 years. The recipient of this award for 2020 is Christina Aguilar.
Christina Aguilar is a RDN and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She has worked in a variety of care settings, planning, implementing, and evaluation nutrition and healthy lifestyle intervention. Christina makes a significant impact as an outstanding educator. She currently teaches as a full instructor in the Health Promotion program and as an adjunct instructor in the Nutrition Education program at Weber State University. Christina was the creator of and now serves as the faculty adviser for the WSU Health Promotion Club, where she mentors students in multiple health related majors.
Christina has served in key leadership roles within her current job and through membership and involvement in multiple professional groups including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national and state affiliate organizations, and the Utah Society of Public Health Educators (USOPHE). Christina has engaged in collaborative primary research, published in several credible journals, and presented research findings to professional organizations. Most recently, she conducted a month long research and health education trip to Ghana, Africa.
In her free time, Christina loves hiking the mountain trails and spending time with her husband (David) and 11-month old daughter (Isabel).
As one who has taken it upon herself to fulfill opportunities for leadership, maintain expertise in the field of dietetics and health promotion, and share her passion for nutrition with colleagues and students, we are pleased to award Christina Aguilar as UAND’s Emerging Dietetic Leader for 2020.
Follow along in the coming months as we highlight each of our 2020 award recipients and their accomplishments!