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To share practice related stories, create connections and engage readers in the amazing diversity of dietitian experiences.


Feb
09
2017

How to achieve interview success & become a media spokesperson

Gina Sunderland, a leading Canadian media dietitian, offers insider tips for those looking to work in the media. 
 

GS-HS1.jpgGina Sunderland is a leading Canadian media dietitian with a flair for fabulous food demos and displays. As a recognized expert, Gina typically tapes four back-to-back interviews for her regular segments on CTV Winnipeg Morning Live! She has also been featured in national TV and radio commercials and acts as a spokesperson for several international brands. Gina has been a Nutrition Month spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada for the past four years. As a Co-Founder of Media Training Boot Camp, Gina provides media coaching and training at conferences and events across the country, and has a consulting practice in Winnipeg. Visit her website at GinaDietitian.ca or get in touch with her via email, twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.  

About sixteen years ago, while establishing a private practice in Winnipeg, I was asked to do a live segment for Breakfast Television about healthy lunches for kids. Without hesitation, I said yes! I knew this was a great opportunity, but I admit, I was a little scared. For those with TV experience, I’m sure you all remember that first nerve-wracking interview!
 
Something that stands out for me was trying to figure out HOW to prepare for my interview. I had no idea! I remember preparing pages of information I intended to share. I didn’t know what a key message was, and didn’t realize how quickly a 3-minute TV segment would go by. continue reading
 

May
12
2016

Be smart not boring: How to be an engaging and evidence-based dietitian

Abby Langer shares how she balances being bold while sticking to the science. 


abby-headshot-small1.jpgAbby Langer is a communications and consulting dietitian based in Toronto, Canada. She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and has been featured in radio, print, and television media in both the US and Canada. Abby loves to develop recipes and most of all she loves to eat! She’s an avid kettlebell-lifter and runner, and is always up for trying fun new foods and experiences. Abby lives with her husband, her two sweet daughters, and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sammy. Find Abby on Twitter, Instagram, and at abbylangernutrition.com.

I’ve been a dietitian for almost 20 years, but only recently – about two or three years ago – moved into the media, blogging, and private practice stage of my career.

I’m already in my 40s, so I knew I didn’t have time to mess around. I needed to get where I wanted to be quickly. I’ve already surpassed my personal expectations, which is great! Although, I will always strive to be better at everything because I’m type A and a workaholic.

I’ve always been outspoken – blame it on my orthopedic surgeon father – and I thought I needed to get rid of that part of me to be in the media. I was afraid that no one would touch me with a ten-foot pole if I was my opinionated self. I couldn’t have been more wrong – it has become part of my brand. continue reading
 
Feb
25
2016

Launching a revolutionary new program in culinary medicine [debrief and future plans]

From inspiration to execution – reflecting on the joys and challenges involved with creating a culinary medicine program from scratch, getting it accredited, and being pioneers chartering new territory. 


AL-HS1.jpgAngel Luk, BSc, RD is a registered dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC and a member of Dietitians of Canada and SportMedBC. Since joining the Richmond Olympic Oval in 2014, Angel has worked with athletes at the community, provincial, and national level. While Angel specializes in sport nutrition, she has simultaneously pursued her passion for preventative health by co-creating a hands-on course: The Physician in the Kitchen. The goal of the course is to assist physicians and allied health professionals to provide earlier and evidence based nutrition interventions. Connect with Angel on Twitter @FoodMysteries or LinkedIn.

Allow me to start by extending my heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support the dietitian community extended after my first Practice Blog post. I feel so incredibly proud to be part of a profession that prides itself in collaboration and innovation. Your encouraging messages and support in spreading the word about The Physician in the Kitchen program has no doubt contributed to its success.
 
The inspiration for Physician in the Kitchen
 
These two quotes recap the motivation for developing this program well ... continue reading
Jan
08
2015

A career in nutrigenomics: Addressing three key questions

lisaHS1.jpegLisa Cianfrini has been working in the health and fitness field as a personal trainer, sports trainer and nutrition coach since 2003. In 2012, following her passion for nutrigenomics, Lisa began working with Nutrigenomix®, a University of Toronto spin-off company that enables registered dietitians to offer nutrigenomic testing to their clients. She also began her private practice, NutriGeneRD, in 2012 to address the need for personalized gene-based nutrition. Visit Lisa’s website at nutrigenerd.com.

After starting a degree in biochemistry and genetics, I discovered that my passion was for preventing disease through nutrition. I started reading articles on nutrigenomics and decided to switch degrees to focus my studies in this area. It was a natural fit to continue a career in nutrigenomics once I became a dietitian.  I did not really know what I was getting into, I just knew that I had a passion for helping others and a belief that the application of nutrigenomics could further the health of our population, as well as the profession of dietetics. 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

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