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Jun
30
2016

How an innovative blog series is putting a face to the dietetics profession

Steph Langdon helps to raise the profile of dietitians with her blog series, “What RDs Do.”


SLHS1.jpgSteph Langdon is a Saskatoon based consulting dietitian and entrepreneur. She recently started an interview series profiling the various roles of dietitians on her blog and has been overwhelmed with support. As a work-at-home mom, she has embraced blogging and social media to promote dietitians and clear up misconceptions. Email Steph if you’d like to be featured in her series. She can be reached at steph@nutrishus.com. You can also connect with Steph on LinkedIn, or follow her on Facebook , Instagram or Twitter @NutrishusRD.

Ten months ago, I started a blog series aimed at putting a face to the dietetics profession and helping us understand the unique skill sets and the diversity that exists among us.

This series was inspired by a fellow dietitian commenting that, “Dietitians don’t just blog about food trends all day.” To which I thought, “Yes, some do.” If we, as dietitians, don’t know what many others in our profession do, how can we expect the public to? continue reading
 
Dec
18
2014

The struggles of a new dietitian and a new mom

Debora Sloan was born and raised in Toronto but recently moved to a new home in our nation’s capital with her husband and new baby boy. She has lived with type 1 diabetes since her teenage years, which nurtured a strong interest in health and fitness. After a career managing her own art business, she returned to school to pursue a degree in nutrition. She is now working towards building a successful private practice in Ottawa as a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. Visit her website at www.deborasloanhealthysolutions.com.

Some additional wrinkles and a few grey hairs later, you can breathe a little. You have made it through four challenging years of university. Volunteering at every opportunity, and studying your butt off to ensure an A+. Let’s not forget to pay homage to surviving chemistry, a seemingly impossible feat for many. You have also secured an internship spot. You are now officially on your way to becoming a registered dietitian.
 
Does this anecdote sound familiar to you? Ready for my first official job post baby, it has become clear that despite those two special letters after my name, getting back into the workforce is a challenging task. continue reading

Dec
11
2014

Reflections from BC’s longest standing licensing dietitian – a diminishing role worth fighting for!

Christine Chou, recently retired, began her career in public health in 1982 as a long-term care community nutritionist covering Delta, Surrey and White Rock in BC.  Although her job and catchment area changed through the years, she always maintained responsibility to the Community Care Facility Licensing program. Christine looks forward to aging with grace, and continuing to pursue her passions for food, books, travelling and learning, surrounded by family and friends. Look for her on warm sunny days atop of her spiffy new windsurfer and her “take no hills” not so new bicycle, or email her at cdchou@telus.net.

Healthcare facilities that provide care to three or more adults in British Columbia are required to be licensed and comply with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and Regulations. This legislation, which includes a food and nutrition component sets the minimum standard for health and safety. Under the Community Care Facilities Licensing program, licensing officers are delegated the responsibility of inspecting and monitoring these facilities for compliance, and investigating complaints. In some health authorities, licensing officers are registered dietitians.
 
As the longest serving licensing dietitian in BC, if not Canada, I have much to reflect upon as I transition into retirement. continue reading

Nov
06
2014

Could you feed yourself with only $21 per week?

Whitney Hussain, RD(t), a recent University of British Columbia graduate, works for the Fraser Health Authority in BC. She enjoys acute clinical care but is constantly pursuing other learning opportunities, like the Welfare Food Challenge, to discover her nutritional niche as a new dietitian. Visit Whitney’s blog or connect with her on Linkedin  and Twitter.

I heard about the Welfare Food Challenge (WFC) last year when Dietitians of Canada encouraged dietitians to participate – feeding yourself on $21 for a whole week.  Why $21? Welfare provides individuals with approximately $610 per month. Subtracting the costs of living – including rent, transportation and hygiene supplies – leaves approximately $2.76 per day. Clothes, coffee, haircuts and social activities are not possible with this budgetary constraint.  continue reading

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