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Jan
15
2018

Three reasons why doing Master’s level research can benefit your career in unexpected ways

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Lilisha Burris is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication. She is the Co-Founder and Director of Dietitians Explore! Education Exchange, a non-profit organization that facilitates international professional development trips for future dietetic professionals. Lilisha believes that travelling is one of the best ways to learn and grow as a person and as a professional. Connect with Lilisha and Dietitians Explore on Facebook and Twitter.



When I started my Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson in 2007, I was a Registered Dietitian with work experience. I had the option to do a practicum or course work, but I chose the Major Research Project (MRP) because I thought it would challenge me the most. I figured that since I’d left a full-time job (and a full-time income!) I wanted to have a ‘go hard or go home’ attitude and I knew that an MRP was the furthest outside of my comfort zone.   continue reading
Mar
24
2016

Rethinking sodium: Reflections on research and implications for practice

A DC member from Cape Breton shares why she thinks we may need to change our thinking around sodium. 


STHS1.jpgSusan Taylor is the manager of clinical nutrition at the Cape Breton Regional Health Care Complex. Part of her role is direct patient care on the hospital telemetry unit. She is the main preceptor at her hospital for dietetic interns from three Atlantic Canada universities and enjoys the ongoing learning that being a preceptor entails. Susan decided to delve into the literature on sodium following an intern’s therapeutic update focused on this topic. Susan can be contacted at susan.taylor@nshealth.ca.

Over consumption of salt is a global health issue. Excessive sodium consumption is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke.1,2
 
Considering that Canadians consume an average of 3400mg of sodium/day,1 should we be concerned? United Kingdom and France also have high intakes, which vastly exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended level of less than 2000mg daily.2
 
Median intakes of salt in the United States are similar to Canadian levels. It is postulated that these numbers may be even higher than the research shows as studies on salt consumption are generally based on self-reported data. People are likely to underestimate the true amount of food consumed.4 In Canada, the majority of sodium consumed (77%) comes from processed food.1,2 This may explain why people may not be aware of how much sodium they are actually consuming. 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.
 
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