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Building our Future: One Cooking Camp at a Time

How one dietitian supports dietetics skill development through cooking camps

RC-HS1.jpgCristel Moubarak Hackenbruch is a registered dietitian known to be a Jill-of- all-trades in her profession. She embraces opportunities that cover nutrition, food, education and people! Cristel is the founder and director of nutriFoodie – an organization focused on nutrition education, food-literacy and cooking skills. Cristel loves to share her knowledge, educating people about nutrition and how to get the most out of what they put on their plate. Cristel is an active volunteer with Dietitians of Canada, and is currently the BC lead for the Dietitian Brand Initiative. Outside of nutriFoodie, Cristel is a manager in a foodservice establishment where she manages a team of 25 staff in daily operations, developing and testing recipes and menus in addition to planning, executing and spearheading large events. Connect with Cristel at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Think back to the time you were a prospective dietetics student. I can bet that one memory we all have in common is that of the stress that came with trying to get into a very competitive integrated dietetics or internship program.    continue reading

Blackbox cooking challenge: A creative & inspiring Nutrition Month event

Thunder Bay’s Nutrition Month committee plans an exciting event with local celebrities and chefs! 

headshotjuliestachiw1.jpgJulie Stachiw is a food service and clinical registered dietitian at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Julie is pursuing a Master of Public Health at Lakehead University part time and is involved with the Thunder Bay and Area local food strategy.  Every year, she preceptors food service, clinical, and research dietetic interns and is responsible for coordinating orientation and placements, as well as preceptor training. Julie has been part of Thunder Bay’s Nutrition Month committee for three years, and had the opportunity to chair the committee this year.  You can reach her by email at  

Every year in Canada, we celebrate Nutrition Month in March as a way of promoting healthy eating to the public and to identify registered dietitians (RDs) as a key source of trusted nutrition information. 

In Thunder Bay, one of the public health dietitians chairs a community wide Nutrition Month committee.  In past years, she has taken the lead on planning exciting nutrition month events, such as grocery store scavenger hunts, cooking challenges for families, and workplace healthy eating passport programs.  However, she is on maternity leave this year! We had no choice but to embark on our Nutrition Month journey without her. continue reading

10 tested tips for giving exceptional food demonstrations

Kristyn Hall, a food, nutrition and culinary coach, shares her insight on conducting food demonstrations and discusses why you should be doing them.

KHHS1.jpgKristyn Hall is a consulting registered dietitian and food, nutrition & culinary coach based out of Calgary AB. Kristyn leads culinary nutrition cooking classes and food demonstrations for the public and professionals, and provides individual coaching. She enjoys helping people discover the pleasure of eating great-tasting food that nourishes their health and wellness. Kristyn has worked with diverse media, including CTV news, City TV, Global Calgary, various newspapers and radio stations. She also writes for the Alberta Milk Easy, Tasty, Healthy Blog. You can connect with her through Facebook, Twitter, follow her blog, or take one of her classes. 

While I can talk for hours about food, nutrition, and the importance of eating less processed foods, I have found that the best way to people’s minds is through their stomachs. When I include a food demonstration as part of my nutrition education presentations, people are inspired to go home to make the nutrient-rich food I just showed them how to prepare.  Food demonstrations increase the impact of my presentations. Getting people cooking and preparing nutrient-rich foods encourages them to eat more of these foods! continue reading

Say YES: Shaping my career in community nutrition as an RD to be

Erin Branco is a UBC Dietetics Student and Community Kitchen Coordinator for a Vancouver community program called Growing Eden. She received her BSc in Nutritional Science from UBC, and a diploma in Nutrition and Food Service Management, which led her to work in food service management at a local health facility.  Read her blog, check out her cookbook Growing Eden: the cookbook, email her at or follow her on Twitter.  

My journey to becoming a registered dietitian has been filled with many learning opportunities to develop personally and professionally. As a prospective UBC dietetics student, I was constantly seeking opportunities to participate in nutrition or food related activities to build my application. Through volunteering in a therapeutic garden club and networking with the cofounders of the organizing body, I was introduced to the organization Farmers on 57th in Vancouver, BC and was offered a position as the Outdoor Community Kitchen Coordinator in 2012 for their community program called Growing Eden. continue reading 


A Dietitian's Trip to Paris

Lisa is the PEN Quality Assistant in Toronto and also creator of the blog, Adventures of a Dietitian where she writes about the art of eating well and food adventures. 

When I first started taking cooking courses at George Brown College in Toronto a coworker of mine said, “George Brown? Why don’t you just go to Cordon Blue in Paris?” I guess the idea stuck in my head because when a last minute change in plans left me with two weeks of vacation with nowhere to go I started thinking that a trip to Cordon Bleu in Paris might not be a bad idea.   
It turns out that Cordon Bleu offers one-day cooking classes and workshops, which take place in French with English translators. I really wanted to have a full culinary experience while in Paris so I signed up for a couple courses: Paris Market Tour and Cooking for Friends.  continue reading

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