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


Sep
17
2019

Why I worked with a chef & doctor to create a revolutionary new program in culinary medicine

A creative dietitian, with a lot of passion and a ton of hard work, helps create a culinary medicine course in a matter of months!

 

AL-HS1.jpgAngel Luk, BSc, RD is a registered dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC and a member of Dietitians of Canada and SportMedBC. She has been working as a clinical dietitian within Vancouver Coastal Health since 2012 in a variety of settings. Since joining the Richmond Olympic Oval in 2014, Angel has worked with athletes at the community, provincial, and national level. While Angel specializes in sport nutrition, she has simultaneously pursued her passion for preventative health by co-creating a hands-on course: The Physician in the Kitchen. The goal of the course is to assist physicians and allied health professionals to provide earlier and evidence based nutrition interventions. Connect with Angel on Twitter @FoodMysteries or LinkedIn.

I know I am “preaching to the choir” here, but for the sake of argument, let me ask this question, “What if nutrition interventions were put into action earlier and more proactively?” If we agree that preventative health is crucial, how do we achieve this to a greater degree and increase our reach? Moreover, why isn’t more being done to prevent the growing number of hospital admissions for conditions with a significant nutritional component in the first place? continue reading
 

Aug
03
2018

How I Got My First-Choice Dietetic Internship: A Sneak Peek into My Application

Evita Basillio Evita is a Registered Dietitian working in health technology. She completed her BSc. in Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University, Master’s diploma at Ryerson University, and Dietetic Internship at St. Michael’s Hospital. Evita has a love for health, science and writing. Connect with Evita on LinkedIn, Instagram or email.

Applying to dietetic internships was hands-down the most stressful experience in my life. It’s been almost a year since graduating from my internship program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and I’m hoping to help any future dietitians on your path to scoring the internship of your dreams. continue reading

Apr
20
2018

My Reflection about McGill’s Master’s of Science Applied in Human Nutrition- Dietetics Credentialing

Janelle HatchAlaa received her BASc. in Nutrition & Food from Ryerson University in 2015. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from McGill University in December 2017. As a newly licensed dietitian, Alaa is eager to share her experience as a graduate and dietetic student. In addition to her love of food and nutrition, Alaa enjoys fitness, travelling, and catching up on her latest TV series. Connect with Alaa on LinkedIn.

It was around two and a half years ago, when the exhilaration stemming from my undergraduate commencement began to fade, that the questions that plague most graduates surfaced. What’s next? Did I want to pursue a master’s degree? Did I want to go straight into an internship? Personally, I still had a lot of growing to do and did not feel ready to jump right into an internship. And more importantly, I knew that I wanted to learn more and delve deeper into the field of human nutrition. I guess that answers my question, right?   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 
 
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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