Marina Chaparro is a bilingual pediatric and diabetes nutrition expert. She is a certified diabetes educator with extensive experience working with children and families. She instructs patients on the latest technology advances in diabetes care. Mariana is National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has experience providing science-based commentary to major media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Univision Media, Miami Herald and Reuter’s Health. Marina often contributes articles and story ideas to print and online communication channels where she translates nutrition science into practical every-day information for consumers. Chaparro is also the founder of Nutrichicos Children’s Nutrition Center, a bilingual nutrition center specializing in pediatric nutrition that offers individualized nutrition assessments & services in both Spanish and English. On her blog, www.nutrichicos.com, Chaparro shares reliable, practical and science-driven recommendations to help parents and families meet the nutrition needs of their children. Marina has experience working at top diabetes institutions including Joslin Diabetes Center, Mass General Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital. She is passionate about diabetes care since her diagnosis with type 1 Diabetes at age 17. Chaparro’s background includes clinical nutrition, public speaking, public health, research and program planning with a focus on Latino health issues. She co-created a successful nutrition and physical activity program for Hispanic adolescents and their mothers, called Healthy Chicas while working in Miami Children’s Hospital. Chaparro earned a specialty certificate in pediatric weight management. Marina is a graduate of Boston University and earned a master’s degree in public health from Florida International University.