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To share practice related stories, create connections and engage readers in the amazing diversity of dietitian experiences.


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
 
Oct
06
2016

5 considerations for working with populations with mental illness

Rachel, a dietitian in the Hamilton/Toronto area with a passion for working in mental health, shares insights from her recent practicum experiences. 

 

RHHS1.jpgRachel Hicks recently completed her Master of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Community Nutrition) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is interested in many areas of nutrition on a local and global scale and has developed a passion for working with vulnerable populations in diverse communities. Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn.  



Nutrition and its association with mental health and mental illness is becoming more and more recognized. Compared to the general population, individuals with complex mental illness (CMI) are at a greater risk of developing disease comorbidities (abnormal triglycerides, hypertension, glucose dysregulation, and abdominal obesity) and subsequent chronic disease (cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes). This is significant, especially considering 1 in 5 Canadians experience some sort of mental health issue. continue reading

Oct
23
2014

The tale of two Canadian dietitians in the United Kingdom: How to transfer your RD credentials for a life changing experience!

Jane Lac is a registered dietitian working in primary health care and community health. Jane has worked and volunteered in many areas focusing on paediatric nutrition. During her spare time she enjoys cycling, snowboarding and planning her next travel adventures – which always includes good local food! Contact Jane at janelac.rd@gmail.com.

Amanda Beales is a registered dietitian whose career has focused on clinical care, most recently complex continuing care and rehab. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where she completed a Masters of Applied Nutrition. In addition to travel, her passions include cooking, pottery and running. Contact Amanda at amanda.beales@gmail.com.


In 2011, Amanda’s partner got a secondment to work in his company’s England office. Always curious to experience life in another country, she seized the opportunity to go with him. Around the same time, Jane was finishing a contract position and her adventurous spirit told her to seek out the international experience that she had been pondering.

Fortunately for us, a former university professor who knew of our plans linked us together. This relationship proved invaluable in sharing this incredible experience together; including the blood, sweat and tears involved in transferring credentials and job searching, as well as the joy of experiencing a new culture and exploring the world.

This was a life changing experience for both of us. It was scary and effortful, but well worth it. Here are some of the things we learned for anyone considering doing the same. continue reading

Sep
25
2014

Beyond bar graphs: The unexpected discoveries of research

Brandon completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University where his research projects focused on pediatric obesity. Currently, he is a full time term faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent University and a research assistant at the IWK Health Centre. To date Brandon has received funding from CIHR, NSERC, was recognized as a Scotia Scholar by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and most recently was awarded the Atlantic Region and National Morgan Medal by the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research.  You can reach Brandon at Brandon.gheller@msvu.ca.

My throat is dry and palms sweaty as I frantically search my pockets for my emergency thumb drive and stare at a white apple on a grey screen, slowly coming to terms with the reality of a failed hard drive. It’s my first day of lecturing 80 undergraduate students enrolled in Introduction to Macronutrients.
 
Four months earlier ... continue reading

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