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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

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