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Feb
09
2017

How to achieve interview success & become a media spokesperson

Gina Sunderland, a leading Canadian media dietitian, offers insider tips for those looking to work in the media. 
 

GS-HS1.jpgGina Sunderland is a leading Canadian media dietitian with a flair for fabulous food demos and displays. As a recognized expert, Gina typically tapes four back-to-back interviews for her regular segments on CTV Winnipeg Morning Live! She has also been featured in national TV and radio commercials and acts as a spokesperson for several international brands. Gina has been a Nutrition Month spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada for the past four years. As a Co-Founder of Media Training Boot Camp, Gina provides media coaching and training at conferences and events across the country, and has a consulting practice in Winnipeg. Visit her website at GinaDietitian.ca or get in touch with her via email, twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.  

About sixteen years ago, while establishing a private practice in Winnipeg, I was asked to do a live segment for Breakfast Television about healthy lunches for kids. Without hesitation, I said yes! I knew this was a great opportunity, but I admit, I was a little scared. For those with TV experience, I’m sure you all remember that first nerve-wracking interview!
 
Something that stands out for me was trying to figure out HOW to prepare for my interview. I had no idea! I remember preparing pages of information I intended to share. I didn’t know what a key message was, and didn’t realize how quickly a 3-minute TV segment would go by. continue reading
 

Jan
12
2017

Call to Action: Dietitians need to help guide effective nutritional supplementation

Two dietitians discuss why they think RDs should play a stronger role in the booming supplement industry and meet consumer demands for reliable information. 


LK-HS1.jpgLaura Kalina, RD, MAdEd is a registered dietitian, author, professional speaker, and award-winner for excellence in health promotion, nutrition communication, and food security. She specializes in low-glycemic eating and weight management, nutritional supplementation, and is a co-author of the national best seller, “Low Glycemic Meals in Minutes.” She has a passion for sharing the importance of healthy eating and cellular nutrition to prevent chronic disease. You can contact Laura by email at laurakalina@telus.net or visit her website lowgimeals.com.


KA-HS1.jpgKim 
Arrey, RD has a thriving dietetics practice based in Montreal where she has been able to help her clients achieve their health goals, lose weight, and find lasting relief from pain, while encouraging them to choose delicious healthy food. She is the author of “The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook,” with Dr. Michael Starr. Kim speaks and lectures on healthy eating choice and transforming complex scientific information into easy to understand terms. She is often asked to comment on nutrition issues by local and national journalists. Contact Kim at kimarrey@gmail.com or visit her website kimarreynutrition.com.

Consumers are looking for reliable information on supplements. In the quest for better health, sport performance gains, or simply relief when living with chronic or terminal conditions, consumers are willing to invest in supplements – in addition to adopting a healthy diet. In the past, most dietitians have been hesitant to promote supplements – instead, emphasizing investment in good foods and healthy eating patterns. There is now a growing body of dietitians who have honed their expertise in this area and are calling on others to do the same. continue reading 
 
Dec
08
2016

A unique partnership brought healthy food to downtown Toronto

A master’s student discusses how a mobile fruit and vegetable market changed the food environment outside of Toronto General Hospital.  


AH-HS1.jpgAnneke Hobson is a Master of Public Health student in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Toronto. Her many interests include food systems, food policy and economics, food and ecosystems, and the future of food. In her previous life, Anneke studied literature at the University of Calgary, and still enjoys a great novel or poem. In July 2016, Anneke volunteered to help out at a collaborative mobile market outside Toronto General Hospital, an experience that sparked ideas about the food environment. Get in touch with Anneke via email at anneke.hobson@mail.utoronto.ca

In July 2016, I spent a sweaty noon-hour outside Toronto General Hospital convincing passers-by to purchase guavas and other produce from a repurposed wheel-trans bus. Why? Earlier this summer, I got excited about a new collaboration between three institutional giants in Toronto: The University Health Network (UHN), Toronto Public Health (TPH), and FoodShare. These organizations represent dietetic care across the health continuum, from health promotion to tertiary care. This partnership therefore brings to life a form of clinical public health. I decided to get involved. continue reading
 
Nov
17
2016

Do you have what it takes to live abroad? 3 vital questions to determine the answer

A registered dietitian, now working for the Canadian Forces, shares her passion for living abroad.


TI-HS1.jpgThida Ith is a registered dietitian from Montreal with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal. She also completed a certificate in public relations management at McGill University and a master’s degree in anthropology of food at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London in England. Since February 2016, Thida is the manager of health promotion for the Canadian Forces (Department of National Defense) in Toronto.  Thida speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently. She also speaks Cambodian at an intermediate level and Portuguese at a beginner’s level. She loves to travel and cook (of course!). You can follow her on Instagram or reach her on LinkedIn (she only accepts new LinkedIn connections if you write a message though!).  

I’m a traveller. This is probably my number one passion (yes, even more so than food). Travelling allows me to explore new territories, meet new people, and open my mind to new ideas.  It inspires and invigorates me.

Of course, I love food too (I wouldn’t be a dietitian otherwise). I love food not only because it can help protect health and it tastes delicious, but also because it connects me with people.

I’ve been a registered dietitian for 15 years now and I’ve been fortunate to have a diverse career so far. I’ve worked in pediatrics, food security, media relations and communications, marketing and international development.

My path has allowed me to develop some skills that have enabled me to live or study abroad. My first international experience (besides short holidays), was in Burkina Faso where I did an internship while still completing my undergraduate degree in nutrition.

I’ve studied for a summer in the Netherlands, worked in Honduras for two years, and studied for a year in the UK. Every one of those experiences taught me invaluable lessons. But my experiences in Canada also prepared me to be able to thrive outside the country. continue reading
 
Oct
27
2016

Setting yourself apart: The secret ingredient to securing a dietetic practicum program

Rekha Menon, an undergraduate student at Acadia University, shares her experience with the co-op education program and how it helped her secure a dietetic practicum program.


RM-HS1.jpg Rekha Menon completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, including a co-operative education component, at Acadia University. Her co-op placements ranged from farming on the rooftop of a Toronto-based high school, to conducting research and applying findings to the Canadian Nutrient File. Enrolling in a co-op program allowed Rekha to gain relevant work experience, build a professional network, and helped her secure a dietetic practicum program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Western Zone.You can connect with her through Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rekhamenon@hotmail.ca.   

Yes, I made it! This September marked the beginning of my dietetic internship. Let me explain how I got here: Five years ago, I was fresh out of high school and I thought I had my life figured out. My plan was to complete an undergraduate degree in nutrition, secure a dietetic internship, pass the registration exam, and become a registered dietitian. Simple, right? continue reading
 
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