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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
 
May
05
2016

Stronger together: Key learnings from 2 inspirational Dietitians' Day events

Two Nutrition Month regional representatives from Charlottetown and Ottawa share details about their exciting Dietitians’ Day events. 

LF-HS1.jpgElizabeth (Liz) Fraser is a new graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and is currently completing the final level of her dietetic internship. She is the Dietitians of Canada student network representative at UPEI. Liz also took on the duty of regional representative for Nutrition Month. Contact Liz at eafraser@upei.ca.

MH-HS1.jpgMargaret Hughes M.Ed, RD, CDE is based out of Ottawa. She co-chairs the Dietitians of Canada Ottawa and area RD action group. For the last three years, Margaret has been the regional representative for Nutrition Month. Currently, she works as an in-store dietitian with Loblaws. Margaret also works with two sports medicine clinics and for various clubs and teams in Ottawa. Contact Margaret at 
margaret.hughes@loblaw.ca. 

The third Wednesday in the month of March (Nutrition Month) is Dietitians’ Day. This day celebrates dietitians as health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to improve the health of Canadians.
 
Liz Fraser and Margaret Hughes both held successful Dietitians’ Day events on March 16, 2016. Can they inspire you to organize an event next year? Read on to find out! continue reading

Dec
10
2015

Why being diagnosed with cancer was an incredible gift

A dietitian uses her personal experience with cancer to launch a mentorship program and an on-line coaching and support community.


JLHS1.jpgJean LaMantia is a registered dietitian who goes by, “The Cancer Survivor’s Nutrition Voice of Reason.” She combined the experience she gained as a cancer patient and a caregiver with her passion for helping others into an online community, and one-on-one and group mentorship programs. She wrote a best-selling book called, “The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook.” You can connect with her through Facebook, follow her Cancer Bites Blog, or join her Thriving After Cancer Coaching and Support Program.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I had no idea it would turn out to be such a gift. That might sound awfully strange to you, but if you read on you’ll understand why I feel this way.
 
I was a new dietitian when I was diagnosed with cancer. I had finished my Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) at the University of Guelph, my clinical dietetic internship at Toronto Western, and two full-time temporary job contracts. Then, when I was 27 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IIB extensive), a cancer that originates in the white blood cells (lymphocytes) and spreads to the lymph nodes. continue reading

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