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Dietitians: Social justice trailblazers then and now

Think having roots in home economics is boring? Think again.  

JenB-HS1.jpegJennifer Brady is a dietitian and a PhD candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her dissertation explores the history of the dietetic profession in Canada, specifically the changes in dietetics’ knowledge base and the concomitant changes in the profession’s relationship with food and social justice concerns. Her other research areas include non-diet approaches to understanding health and dietetic practice, the sociology of food and eating, and gendered aspects of food work. Jennifer will start as a new faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the fall.

Although my internship prepared me well to practice as a dietitian, I left it with more questions than answers.  I wondered about the (primarily) women who built the profession from the ground up. How and why had they created this profession?  How does their work continue to shape what the dietetic profession is today? continue reading



Why you should embrace the role of industry dietitians

A dietitian makes a difference by working with a supplement company.

MLHS1.jpgMichelle Latinsky is a Toronto-based registered dietitian and the manager of nutrition education at Jamieson Laboratories, where she has worked for the past 10 years.  In this role, Michelle leads all nutrition communications programs, acts as a media spokesperson, and educates consumers and healthcare professionals about natural health products and their therapeutic use. Michelle is also a long-time Executive Committee member of the Dietitians of Canada Business & Industry Network (DCBIN). You can reach her at, connect on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @mlatinskyRD.

I have a confession to make – I work in industry promoting supplements (natural health products).

Dietitians often ask me how I can feel comfortable working in this area. Their beliefs are that there is not enough evidence to support their use, that they don’t really work, and that we can get all the nutrients we need from diet alone. 

However, I’ve been working in this area for a long time now, and I’ve come to see things in a different way. continue reading

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