2020 UAND Award of Recognition: Robin Marcus, PT, PhD

July 15th, 2020

The Award of Recognition is given to recognize and thank those individuals or companies who contribute unselfishly to the dietetics profession in Utah. They are not RD’s or members of AND, but have demonstrated service to, or promoted the dietetics profession, via scientific knowledge, technical skills, legislative action or career opportunities.

This year we want to recognize the contribution of Dr. Robin Marcus.

Dr. Marcus is Professor, Chief Wellness Officer, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Utah. Although Robin has a background in physical therapy and exercise science, she has always been a devoted promoter and advocate for nutrition research, registered dietitians, and dietetic students. Through more than $6 million in grants awarded in the past three years, she has created six new RD positions within the university, ranging from diabetes prevention and outreach to clinical positions within the University of Utah Health system.

Robin has also been an advocate for dietetic students, providing yearly financial support for a graduate research assistant to help with wellness screenings, health coaching, and food demonstrations on the Wellness Bus. Robin contributes greatly to the scientific knowledge of the nutrition and dietetics field. She is the principal investigator on a number of research projects that examine nutrition-related topics such as food insecurity, fruit and vegetable consumption and the impact of mobile nutrition counseling, grocery store tours in low-income populations, and the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. Dr. Marcus is in senior leadership at the University of Utah, reporting to the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, who is also the dean of the medical school and CEO of University of Utah Health. Due to this, she has many responsibilities but takes time to publicly advocates for RDNs when discussing reimbursement issues, legislative policy, and university strategic initiatives. Her advocacy elevates the role of RDNs at the University of Utah hospital, clinics, and academic departments.

Robin serves on the board of the advocacy group, Get Healthy Utah. She loves to run and ski in the great outdoors of Utah, and is definitely a “foodie” who loves to cook for her family and friends.

Congratulations Robin!

Follow along in the coming months as we highlight each of our 2020 award recipients and their accomplishments!

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UAND Member Spotlight: Kary Woodruff

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Meet UAND member Kary Woodruff, PhD, RDN, CSSD! How many years have you been a dietitian? How long have you been a member of UAND? 10 years Where do you currently work and what do you love about it? I work as an assistant professor lecturer at the University and love to work with students […]

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2020 UAND Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year: Emily V. Patten PhD, RDN

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Treating Malnutrition: Your Health, Your Way, Your Table

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This week, as a cap to our posts for Older Americans Month, we would like to raise awareness of a grant received by Susan Saffel-Shrier to aid in nutrition research for older adults. Grant title: Implementation of a Collaborative Malnutrition-Focused Transition of Care and Referral Process. The grant is funded by the USDHHS, Administration on […]

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Preventing and Treating Malnutrition in Older Adults

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May is Older Americans Month and this week, Robin Aufdenkampe and Wendy Phillips share a companion piece to last week’s post! Nearly half of older adults either are malnourished or are at significant risk for malnutrition, a disease that is most often recognized by loss of muscle and/or fat stores, weight loss, being underweight, a reduced […]

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May is Older Americans Month and this week, we’re excited to have a guest post by Wendy Phillips that is meant to be shared with your clients and patients!  Spring is a beautiful time in Utah, and the month of May has brought us bright blue skies and a return to outdoor activities. Despite the […]

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2020 UAND Emerging Dietetic Leader: Christina Aguilar, MD, RDN, CHES

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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 […]

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2020 UAND Awards

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We are so excited to announce our 2020 UAND Award Winners and Scholarship Recipients! Please take some extra time to congratulate them as normally, we’re able to honor them at our Annual Meeting. Be sure to follow along here in the coming months as we highlight each of them and their accomplishments.   Emerging Dietetic […]

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9 Podcasts for the Dietitian Entrepreneur

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Building your private practice can be daunting. Often, dietetic programs and internships are insufficient in business management education. So how can dietitians educate themselves on business management? A simple and cost-free approach is listening to podcasts. There are over 700,00 active podcasts and hundreds, if not thousands of those are business and entrepreneur podcasts; but as […]

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