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


Setting yourself apart: The secret ingredient to securing a dietetic practicum program

Rekha Menon, an undergraduate student at Acadia University, shares her experience with the co-op education program and how it helped her secure a dietetic practicum program.

RM-HS1.jpg Rekha Menon completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, including a co-operative education component, at Acadia University. Her co-op placements ranged from farming on the rooftop of a Toronto-based high school, to conducting research and applying findings to the Canadian Nutrient File. Enrolling in a co-op program allowed Rekha to gain relevant work experience, build a professional network, and helped her secure a dietetic practicum program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Western Zone.You can connect with her through Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at   

Yes, I made it! This September marked the beginning of my dietetic internship. Let me explain how I got here: Five years ago, I was fresh out of high school and I thought I had my life figured out. My plan was to complete an undergraduate degree in nutrition, secure a dietetic internship, pass the registration exam, and become a registered dietitian. Simple, right? continue reading

5 considerations for working with populations with mental illness

Rachel, a dietitian in the Hamilton/Toronto area with a passion for working in mental health, shares insights from her recent practicum experiences. 


RHHS1.jpgRachel Hicks recently completed her Master of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Community Nutrition) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is interested in many areas of nutrition on a local and global scale and has developed a passion for working with vulnerable populations in diverse communities. Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn.  

Nutrition and its association with mental health and mental illness is becoming more and more recognized. Compared to the general population, individuals with complex mental illness (CMI) are at a greater risk of developing disease comorbidities (abnormal triglycerides, hypertension, glucose dysregulation, and abdominal obesity) and subsequent chronic disease (cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes). This is significant, especially considering 1 in 5 Canadians experience some sort of mental health issue. continue reading


5 valuable reasons to pursue interprofessional education

A master’s student at the University of Toronto shares how interprofessional education can benefit your career, all while learning new skills!

LB-HS1.jpgLiana Bontempo has completed a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Biology and Studio Art, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She loves the ability of dietetics to bring together the arts, such as the socio-cultural aspects of food, with the hard sciences of health and nutrition. Recently, she graduated with a Master of Public Health in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto and is excited to see what her career as a registered dietitian has in store! Connect with Liana on LinkedIn.

“Interprofessional” is a buzzword we all hear regularly, whether it’s at school, the workplace, or we're reading it on a job application. As health care professionals, we know that we have to work together, not only with our own dietetic colleagues, but also with professionals from other disciplines. 

At times, it can be hard to see why collaboration with other professions is important. How often have you uttered the phrase: "Ergh! It would be so much easier to work alone!"

Professionals from other disciples don't speak the same language as you, they often don’t understand your roles and responsibilities and, in the worst of cases, they can negate or impede the work that you have carefully put into place. By improving your interprofessional skills, you not only enhance your knowledge but you also avoid the anxieties and frustrations that can occur with team-based projects.

“Interprofessional” is more than just a buzzword, it’s a must for all health care professionals in order to provide the best care for clients, patients, and communities. continue reading 

Living with diabetes: Walking a mile in my patients' shoes

Laura Baum shares her unique experience “living” with type 2 diabetes for a week. 

LB-HS1.jpgLaura Baum completed her undergraduate degree at Brescia College, at the University of Western Ontario.  She is currently completing the final months of her Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition, also at Brescia College.  Laura’s interests include running and all things active, cooking for friends and family, and traveling.  Special areas of interest in dietetics include paediatrics, diabetes education, and bariatric surgery; however she is open to all opportunities!  To contact Laura, email her at, or connect with her via LinkedIn.

Health is a privilege.  Health is luck.  Health is genetic.  Health is life.  After completing my diabetes rotation at Sunnybrook Hospital in the outpatient diabetes education centre, I have realized how lucky and thankful I am to be healthy.  It is truly a miracle how all the systems in one’s body work cohesively to sustain a healthy body.
In the final week of my placement, I participated in a program called, “Living with Diabetes.”  Essentially, I was supposed to live for a week mimicking the life of someone with type 2 diabetes.  Participants in this program included four family practice residents, a family practice physician and myself.  We met every morning and were presented with the progression of our diabetes, which would likely have taken years, but for this simulation, it only took a few days. continue reading

The top 5 things you need to know to get the most out of social media [workshop recap]

A social media “newbie” shares her key takeaways from a workshop in Halifax.

CNHS1.jpgColeen Nolan, MSc, RD, CYI helps clients achieve their health goals using a whole-food, evidence-based approach, with a special interest in mindful eating. She is eager to share the benefits of yoga and mindful approaches to healthy eating and living with clients. Coleen is an active volunteer with the Dietitians Network of Nova Scotia (DNNS) as secretary and acting social media coordinator. You can reach Coleen at, or on Twitter @inner_peas. Check out Coleen’s website here.

The “From Twitter to Snapchat: How to Spread Your Nutrition Message on Social Media” workshop offered in Halifax this November was excellent! A social media consultant in Halifax led the session at the beautiful new library.  Twenty-five dietitians, students, and interns from around Nova Scotia attended.  I took away several must-have social media tips and got to connect with some great colleagues, new and old. continue reading
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