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Jul
14
2016

Increasing access to dietitians: 5 myths about direct billing addressed

Susan Watson helps dietitians understand how to utilize medical insurance to increase access to dietitian services in private practice. 


SW-HS1.jpegSusan Watson is a tech savvy, trend seeking, social media addicted, entrepreneurial dietitian. She spoke about her experiences with direct billing at the 2016 DC National Conference in Winnipeg. Susan is the co-chair of the DC consulting dietitian’s network. Email Susan if you would like more information on direct billing for your practice at susan@alittlenutrition.com. You can also connect with Susan on Instagram and Twitter @LittleNutrition

Four years ago, I transformed the way I ran my business by deciding to offer direct billing services to my clients. At the time, I was primarily a stay-at-home mom seeing a few clients a couple nights a week, and had plenty of time to take on a bit of extra paperwork. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but had the time to learn, along with the admin staff at the clinics I worked out of to help me along the way.
 
I knew that there was a large demand for direct billing from my clients, but I had no idea that offering this service would actually triple my business. It got to the point where I had to hire a team of dietitians to meet the client demand. continue reading
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
 
Mar
03
2016

YouTube: A great nutrition communication tool that most dietitians know nothing about

Abbey Sharp, who has had over 50,000 views on a single YouTube video, shares insider tips that may inspire you to join her online.


ASHS100.jpgAbbey Sharp is a registered dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a TV and radio personality, a food brand spokesperson, a recipe developer, a food event hostess, and the founder of Abbey's Kitchen Inc. Abbey believes that a pleasurable relationship with food is inherently essential for good health and shares this unique philosophy through her regular contributions to The Marilyn Denis Show (CTV), Best Health Magazine, and her hit YouTube series, Abbey’s Kitchen. Check out her blog, subscribe to her YouTube channel, or follow her on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram).
 
A lot of people ask me what I do for a living, and I never really know what answer to give them. I usually begin by describing myself as a “media registered dietitian,” but if I go into a further description it is often pretty lengthy. I’m a blogger, spokesperson, recipe developer, freelance food and nutrition writer, TV expert, and now, I’m a relatively successful (yet still pretty new) YouTuber.
 
Moving to digital video communications seemed like a natural progression for me after I had reached a level of stability and readership with my blog, Abbey’s Kitchen. I had done a short 12-webisode series three years ago upon launching myself full time into blogging, but had shied away from it after that because of the financial commitment.
 
Shooting 12 short videos meant hiring a film crew, editor, and a makeup and hair stylist. After that, I needed to buy music, groceries, props, and rent film equipment. I easily sunk over $10,000 into the whole thing and got somewhere around 500 minutes of video. continue reading
Dec
03
2015

Showcasing dietitians as the experts in nutrition: One initiative reaches thousands!

A group of dietitians worked hard to promote the dietetics profession to thousands of delegates at the 2015 canfitpro conference in Toronto.


HSJR1.jpgJodi Robinson is a consulting dietitian, certified diabetes educator, college professor, and fitness professional in the Niagara region. Her dream is to own a flourishing private practice. She recently took the leap and opened Craving Health – Dietitian & Wellness Services in Grimsby, Ontario. No matter how busy life gets, she finds time to hang out with her two adorable shelties and attend a few yoga classes each week. You can get in touch with her through her website, email Jodi@cravinghealth.ca, Twitter @Jodi_RD, and Facebook.

What do 12 dietitians, over 12,000 fitness professionals, and thousands of others have in common? We all attended the annual canfitpro International Fitness Conference and Trade Show in Toronto this past August. For those not familiar with canfitpro, it’s the largest body of fitness professionals in Canada and every year they host conferences across the country as an opportunity for fitness professionals to obtain continuing education credits and for the public to attend health and wellness presentations.

It’s hard to believe that I have been attending the canfitpro Toronto conference since 1998 while still in high school. At first, I attended as a volunteer and then as a fitness professional. Every conference offers a multitude of nutrition workshops; however, to my surprise, very few of these are facilitated by dietitians. Rather, holistic nutritionists, fitness experts, and chiropractors—to name just a few—take centre stage voicing their authority on nutrition. Many of these groups also host a booth at the trade show engaging people with their services and products that—to the cringe of many dietitians—may not be evidence-based. continue reading
 

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