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Apr
28
2016

Strength in numbers: How SickKids tackled Nutrition Month 2016

Two interns from SickKids Hospital collaborate with a number of different departments to organize an exciting Nutrition Month for staff, volunteers, and the public. 


Mara_HS1.jpgMara Alexanian-Farr is a dietetic intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  She completed her MSc in Human Health & Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. Mara was one of the interns that organized Nutrition Month events for SickKids, alongside the wellness program for hospital staff and volunteers. You can contact her by email at mara.alexfarr@gmail.com.

 
CSmithHS1.jpgClarissa Smith completed a Bachelor of Science at Memorial University, followed by her Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is currently a dietetic intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. For her population and public health rotation during her internship, Clarissa and her co-intern worked with the wellness program at SickKids to plan Nutrition Month activities. To contact Clarissa, please email her at clarissasmith230@gmail.com.
 

As nutrition professionals, we like to think that everyone gets as excited as we do about an entire month dedicated to nutrition and health. But, in reality, empowering and engaging others during Nutrition Month this March proved to be a challenging undertaking.

When initially faced with the task, it seemed daunting. Where do you start? Luckily, planning Nutrition Month at SickKids is a team effort, with input and help from many different people and departments. continue reading
Feb
11
2016

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 nutritioncheck@live.ca, on Twitter at @nutrition_check, or visit her website at nutritioncheck.ca.   

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       
Feb
04
2016

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 katywilson_001@hotmail.com

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
 
Nov
05
2015

How to pick the perfect internship program in 3 easy steps

A dietitian who has never failed at helping his mentees get internships shares his valuable insight.


BS-HS1.jpgBen Sit is a Toronto based sports dietitian, personal trainer, and the owner, founder and, president of Evolved Sport and Nutrition. He spends his time mentoring nutrition students and educating athletes about the importance of sports nutrition. Ben is also an athlete. When he’s not training for his next race or lifting weights, he’s busy cooking up a storm and developing recipes for athletes. He continues to travel the world, studying different cultures, cuisines, and cooking styles in order to best serve his clients. You can reach Ben at Ben.Sit.RD@gmail.com, on Twitter at @Evolved_SN, Instagram at @Evolved_SN, and through his website.

It is internship application time: rumours are flying around rapidly, applicants are becoming increasingly competitive, and stress levels reach an all-new high. Each year, more and more applicants are applying for internships to achieve their dreams of becoming registered dietitians, and each year the applicants get stronger and stronger.
 
How do I know this? I have been mentoring and coaching nutrition students to help them get into their chosen internship programs, with a 100% success rate, ever since I became a dietitian five years ago. continue reading
 
Oct
01
2015

An intern learns about type 1 diabetes – bootcamp style [Camp Huronda part 2]

A soon to be RD shares her unforgettable experience interning at a camp for children with type 1 diabetes.


AM-Headshot1.jpgAustina Mui is a graduate student in the Master of Health Science program (Nutrition Communication) at Ryerson University. She values helping others achieve healthier lifestyles through her professional and volunteering experiences. Austina also has a passion for working with children and adolescents. After completing an internship placement at Camp Huronda this past summer, Austina plans to pursue a career in chronic disease management and health promotion with the pediatric population. You can connect with her through LinkedIn or at austina.mui@ryerson.ca.

I never would have imagined an internship placement in Huntsville, Ontario – sleeping in a cabin, overlooking Lake Waseosa, being surrounded by nature’s best, spending time with young campers, and exploring the great outdoors. But, here I was doing just that at Camp Huronda!
 
As I arrived on the campgrounds and stepped out of my car, I was surrounded by wilderness. I could see Lake Waseosa in the distance, hear animals calling from afar, and smell the freshness of the air around me. Everything seemed so foreign to me, but I was ready to embark on this new learning adventure. continue reading
 
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