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Launching a revolutionary new program in culinary medicine [debrief and future plans]

From inspiration to execution – reflecting on the joys and challenges involved with creating a culinary medicine program from scratch, getting it accredited, and being pioneers chartering new territory. 

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. 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.

Allow me to start by extending my heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support the dietitian community extended after my first Practice Blog post. I feel so incredibly proud to be part of a profession that prides itself in collaboration and innovation. Your encouraging messages and support in spreading the word about The Physician in the Kitchen program has no doubt contributed to its success.
The inspiration for Physician in the Kitchen
These two quotes recap the motivation for developing this program well ... continue reading

You did not get a dietetic internship. Now what? [Part 2]

Five questions to ask yourself to improve your chance of getting offered an internship next year.

HanaHS1.JPGHana Klimczak is a Master of Health Studies candidate and a registered dietitian in Ontario. She has written articles for Canadian Family Magazine, been interviewed and quoted by the Huffington Post, Elevate Magazine, and Toronto Star, and has appeared on CTV news. Hana was not offered an internship on her first try and believes that her career benefited from it! You can reach her at, on Twitter at @nutrition_check, or visit her website at   

Applying for a dietetic internship is a nerve-racking process. The competition is fierce and there aren’t enough spots for everyone. If you’re like most students, this time of year makes you nervous and anxious as you wait for the results of your internship applications. You can’t help but think: “What if I don’t get accepted?” I was no different. continue reading       

You did not get a dietetic internship. Now what? [Part 1]

A dietitian who didn't get an internship on her first try shares what she learned from the experience. 

KWHS1.jpgKaty Wilson, BASc, RD completed her bachelor’s degree at Ryerson University and dietetic internship in northern Canada with a focus on Aboriginal populations. Since 2013, she has been working as a clinical dietitian within the Greater Toronto Area in a variety of inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Katy loves her career and feels privileged to be able to help clients improve their health through food and nutrition. Contact Katy by email at

February often brings back memories of that pit in my stomach knowing that my internship applications were being read by internship committees across the country. I was incredibly anxious as I waited for the mid-march notification. Then, my biggest fear came true: I did not get an internship. continue reading

3 simple ways to upgrade your ethical decision-making skills

Sarah Hewko, dietitian and doctoral candidate, discusses how investing in your moral development can enhance clinical performance.

SHHS1.JPGSarah Hewko, RD, MHA, PhD(c) is a health services researcher with a particular interest in health human resources and performance management. For her doctoral research, she is seeking to better understand retirement decisions among health care professionals. Sarah is currently on the Dietitians of Canada Board of Directors and is chair-elect for the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research Board of Directors. She recently published a paper in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior titled, “Strengthening Moral Reasoning Through Dedicated Ethics Training in Dietetic Preparatory Programs.” Sarah lives in Edmonton with her husband and two children. You can reach her at or on Twitter @Sarah_Hewko.

In my experience, registered dietitians are ethical, conscientious, and patient-centered health care professionals. However, as is true of all skills – the skills required to effectively negotiate ethical problems can be sharpened and honed to enhance effectiveness and minimize work-related stress.
For me, dedicating time to enhancing my ethical problem-solving skills has led to me feeling more confident as I approach ethical decision-making in my practice. As a result, I am less likely to carry around residual stress in the days and weeks following a particularly difficult decision or case.
The importance of honing these skills first became clear to me ... continue reading

8 tips to help build rapport when counselling Middle Eastern Muslims

A registered dietitian from Egypt offers insight into Middle Eastern Muslims’ eating habits and culture.

MRHS1.jpgMohamed Rezk completed a B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Waterloo before completing his dietetics degree at Mount St. Vincent University. Mohamed grew up in Egypt and moved to Canada at the age of 20. This experience has helped Mohamed realize the importance of learning about other cultures to make his counselling more effective. You can reach Mohamed at

Counselling clients from a different cultural or social background often presents challenges. Dietitians can improve their counselling skills by understanding the many different cultures in Canada and learning how to adjust their approach when working with specific populations.

However, as a dietitian, it’s very important not to assume things about our clients just because of the way they look or where they are from. Never the less, understanding common cooking practices and eating habits of various cultures can help you ask better questions and lead to better client centred care.

The beauty of Canada lies in many different cultures coming together to create a successful nation. The Middle Eastern population is a large, expanding population in Canada that has very distinct social and cultural traits. I am a Muslim from Egypt, a Middle Eastern country. I have encountered and worked with clients from many different countries in the Middle East and I want to share some of my insight with you. continue reading
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