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Aug
04
2016

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

 

Sep
11
2014

Dare to dream – 25 years as a veg-RD

Brenda Davis is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She is the co-author of nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition classics. She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian. Brenda has authored numerous professional and lay articles. She is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Contact Brenda at brendadavis@telus.net, or visit one of her websites: becomingvegan.ca, brendadavisrd.com.

A few weeks ago a young colleague said something that made me smile, “You are living every dietitian's dream.ˮ Twenty-five years ago, these would have been the last words I would have expected to hear from a fellow dietitian. My transition from omnivore to vegetarian occurred while I was a public health nutritionist and a registered dietitian. It has been quite an adventure. continue reading

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