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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
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
26
2015

Sports dietetics: A behind the scenes look into international events

Past Canadian Olympic Committee Performance Dietitian Kelly Anne Erdman shares the challenges and triumphs of working with Olympic athletes.


KAEHS1.jpgKelly Anne Erdman, MSc, RD, CSSD is a lead performance dietitian for the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. She worked as the Canadian Olympic Committee performance dietitian for three years. Now, she works with national team athletes from Hockey Canada, long track speed skating, luge, athletics and sledge hockey, to name a few. Kelly Anne instructs coaches at the National Coaching Institute Calgary, as well as in private practice at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre.

As the Canadian Olympic Committee performance dietitian from 2011-2014, I have many interesting stories to share. I was with Team Canada during the Pan Am Games, and the London & Sochi Olympics (referred to as Games). The following is a collection of eye-opening insight into what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to fueling athletes at international Games events. continue reading
 
Oct
15
2015

Flowers in the urinal: Is the lack of men in dietetics really an issue?

Brandon Gheller, a dietitian and Ph.D. student, explores the gender divide in the dietetics profession.


BGheadshot1.jpgBrandon Gheller completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University where his research projects focused on pediatric obesity. In conjunction with Dr. Daphne Lordly, Brandon has recently published a review in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research entitled, “Males in Dietetics, What Can be Learned from the Nursing Profession? A Narrative Review of the Literature.” He would be ever so happy if you read it and even cited it. For those interested in further exploration of this topic you can contact Brandon at bjg223@cornell.edu or @B_Gheller on Twitter. He has a plethora of ideas for discussion and collaboration!

As a white Canadian male, being in the minority in Halifax, Nova Scotia was foreign to me – until I entered my first dietetics class at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). Prior to stepping into that classroom, I had no exposure to the field of dietetics and, frankly, didn’t know what a dietitian was until ten months earlier when I Googled “nutrition jobs.”
 
I was clueless to the gender imbalance in the profession and, upon entering the classroom, I thought the disproportionally high number of females might just be a product of the high number at MSVU. continue reading
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