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Reducing Food Loss and Waste - A Dietitian’s Role

Janelle HatchJanelle Hatch is a Registered Dietitian in British Columbia with a Masters degree from the University of Toronto.  She has been practicing as a dietitian in Public Health for more than 10 years.  Her areas of interest include food systems, food security, food literacy and healthy schools.  Her role in Public Health is focused on healthy schools and she balances this with contract work and volunteer time focused in the other areas.

I am passionate about food and I have always been uncomfortable seeing good food thrown away. Not just restaurants or grocery stores, but the food wasted in our own homes. I challenge myself each week to plan meals for my family, shop for only what we will eat, and use all leftovers.   continue reading


Reflections on my PMDip Program Experience

RC-HS1.jpgCarmen El-Khazen received an Honours BSc (2013) from the University of Toronto in Nutritional Sciences and Human Biology, and a BASc with Honours (2016) in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University. She is a recent graduate of the Professional Masters Diploma in Dietetics (PMDip) - St. Michael's Hospital/Ryerson University Collaborative Dietetic Program. Alongside her prime passion for clinical nutrition and dietetics, Carmen also enjoys cooking, dance-fitness, playing piano, and music! Connect with Carmen on LinkedIn.

With the variety of dietetic internship options available, choosing a program can be confusing. By sharing my personal experience in the “PMDip” program, I hope to provide some insight to nutrition students journeying along the same dietetics path. .    continue reading

Three reasons why doing Master’s level research can benefit your career in unexpected ways


Lilisha Burris is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication. She is the Co-Founder and Director of Dietitians Explore! Education Exchange, a non-profit organization that facilitates international professional development trips for future dietetic professionals. Lilisha believes that travelling is one of the best ways to learn and grow as a person and as a professional. Connect with Lilisha and Dietitians Explore on Facebook and Twitter.

When I started my Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson in 2007, I was a Registered Dietitian with work experience. I had the option to do a practicum or course work, but I chose the Major Research Project (MRP) because I thought it would challenge me the most. I figured that since I’d left a full-time job (and a full-time income!) I wanted to have a ‘go hard or go home’ attitude and I knew that an MRP was the furthest outside of my comfort zone.   continue reading

Sustainable Food Systems: an Opportunity to Grow

Learn about the newly formed Leadership Team and how to get involved

RC-HS1.jpgPamela Fergusson a Registered Dietitian with a PhD in nutrition. She has a private practice in Kensington Market, Toronto, and contributes to teaching at Ryerson University. Pamela is a member of the Dietitians of Canada Leadership Team on Sustainable Food Systems, and the advisory boards of Balanced and also Conscious Eating Canada.

In 2017, I began a new chapter in my practice as a dietitian by volunteering for Dietitians of Canada as part of the Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Team. I feel so honoured to have the opportunity to give back to DC by contributing my knowledge on a topic I feel passionately about. Through my research, my practice, my experience of teaching and my own experience as a consumer, I am constantly seeking new knowledge and perspectives on our food systems and reflecting on my experience of it. I feel we all have a responsibility as actors in the food system to consider how our choices affect the social, ecological and economic environment we live in. As dietitians we have an opportunity to provide leadership in this area, and I have learned a great deal by being part of this new group.    continue reading

Building our Future: One Cooking Camp at a Time

How one dietitian supports dietetics skill development through cooking camps

RC-HS1.jpgCristel Moubarak Hackenbruch is a registered dietitian known to be a Jill-of- all-trades in her profession. She embraces opportunities that cover nutrition, food, education and people! Cristel is the founder and director of nutriFoodie – an organization focused on nutrition education, food-literacy and cooking skills. Cristel loves to share her knowledge, educating people about nutrition and how to get the most out of what they put on their plate. Cristel is an active volunteer with Dietitians of Canada, and is currently the BC lead for the Dietitian Brand Initiative. Outside of nutriFoodie, Cristel is a manager in a foodservice establishment where she manages a team of 25 staff in daily operations, developing and testing recipes and menus in addition to planning, executing and spearheading large events. Connect with Cristel at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Think back to the time you were a prospective dietetics student. I can bet that one memory we all have in common is that of the stress that came with trying to get into a very competitive integrated dietetics or internship program.    continue reading
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