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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 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


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

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

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

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

So, you want to write a book? Six lessons learned by a first time author

A dietitian shares her insightful journey to becoming a published writer.

DNHS1.jpgDesiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian in private practice and consulting in Vancouver BC, with a focus on plant-centred diets, inflammation and digestive health. She is the author of “Un-Junk Your Diet: How to shop, cook and eat to fight inflammation and feel better, forever” and “Banish the Bloat: A 21 Day Digestive Health Program.” Desiree is also co-chair of the Dietitians of Canada Integrative and Functional Nutrition Network. Connect with Desiree on Twitter @desireerd, Facebook, and Instagram @desireenielsenrd or check out her website at

Writing a best-selling nutrition book is a sure fire way to success…but how do you get there? For me, the dream of writing a book was a career goal even before I entered the field of dietetics. Finding the time to do it was another matter.
As a first time mom I thought, rather naively, that I should be able to hammer out a manuscript on my mat leave. Not so. Writing for an hour a night with a full time job and a toddler? It just wasn’t working. I was going to have to figure out another plan. continue reading
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