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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

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 

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


Strength in numbers: How SickKids tackled Nutrition Month 2016

Two interns from SickKids Hospital collaborate with a number of different departments to organize an exciting Nutrition Month for staff, volunteers, and the public. 

Mara_HS1.jpgMara Alexanian-Farr is a dietetic intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  She completed her MSc in Human Health & Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. Mara was one of the interns that organized Nutrition Month events for SickKids, alongside the wellness program for hospital staff and volunteers. You can contact her by email at

CSmithHS1.jpgClarissa Smith completed a Bachelor of Science at Memorial University, followed by her Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is currently a dietetic intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. For her population and public health rotation during her internship, Clarissa and her co-intern worked with the wellness program at SickKids to plan Nutrition Month activities. To contact Clarissa, please email her at

As nutrition professionals, we like to think that everyone gets as excited as we do about an entire month dedicated to nutrition and health. But, in reality, empowering and engaging others during Nutrition Month this March proved to be a challenging undertaking.

When initially faced with the task, it seemed daunting. Where do you start? Luckily, planning Nutrition Month at SickKids is a team effort, with input and help from many different people and departments. continue reading

Blackbox cooking challenge: A creative & inspiring Nutrition Month event

Thunder Bay’s Nutrition Month committee plans an exciting event with local celebrities and chefs! 

headshotjuliestachiw1.jpgJulie Stachiw is a food service and clinical registered dietitian at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Julie is pursuing a Master of Public Health at Lakehead University part time and is involved with the Thunder Bay and Area local food strategy.  Every year, she preceptors food service, clinical, and research dietetic interns and is responsible for coordinating orientation and placements, as well as preceptor training. Julie has been part of Thunder Bay’s Nutrition Month committee for three years, and had the opportunity to chair the committee this year.  You can reach her by email at  

Every year in Canada, we celebrate Nutrition Month in March as a way of promoting healthy eating to the public and to identify registered dietitians (RDs) as a key source of trusted nutrition information. 

In Thunder Bay, one of the public health dietitians chairs a community wide Nutrition Month committee.  In past years, she has taken the lead on planning exciting nutrition month events, such as grocery store scavenger hunts, cooking challenges for families, and workplace healthy eating passport programs.  However, she is on maternity leave this year! We had no choice but to embark on our Nutrition Month journey without her. continue reading

Top five tips for a successful Nutrition Month

Two dietitians share tips on executing a successful regional nutrition month campaign.

VYheadShot1.jpgVanessa Yurchesyn works with Loblaw Companies Ltd as an in-store dietitian at five Atlantic Superstores. Vanessa started leading Nutrition Month activities in 2007 as a student. She was also on the Nova Scotia Nutrition Month committee, and became co-chair of the New Brunswick Nutrition Month committee in 2013. To contact Vanessa, email her or follow her on Twitter @allfoodsfitNB.

KSHS1.JPGKaren Simon has been in private practice for 24 years. Karen has also worked for a grocery store chain, Sobeys, for the last 13 years. After many years of volunteering at her children’s school and sports teams, she has taken on the role of New Brunswick Nutrition Month chair and co-chair for the last six years. Feel free to email Karen with any questions about her work or volunteer work with Nutrition Month.

Every year Nutrition Month brings together students, interns, dietitians, workplaces and communities. March is a key month to profile dietitians as leaders in supporting Canadians to eat and enjoy healthy food. It is always inspiring to see the volunteer work that is done by dietitians across Canada.

Karen Simon and Vanessa Yurchesyn have been the New Brunswick Nutrition Month co-chairs for three years. After some reflection on their work with Nutrition Month, Karen and Vanessa have a few tips to share with you! continue reading

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