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Apr
20
2018

My Reflection about McGill’s Master’s of Science Applied in Human Nutrition- Dietetics Credentialing

Janelle HatchAlaa received her BASc. in Nutrition & Food from Ryerson University in 2015. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from McGill University in December 2017. As a newly licensed dietitian, Alaa is eager to share her experience as a graduate and dietetic student. In addition to her love of food and nutrition, Alaa enjoys fitness, travelling, and catching up on her latest TV series. Connect with Alaa on LinkedIn.

It was around two and a half years ago, when the exhilaration stemming from my undergraduate commencement began to fade, that the questions that plague most graduates surfaced. What’s next? Did I want to pursue a master’s degree? Did I want to go straight into an internship? Personally, I still had a lot of growing to do and did not feel ready to jump right into an internship. And more importantly, I knew that I wanted to learn more and delve deeper into the field of human nutrition. I guess that answers my question, right?   continue reading

Mar
05
2018

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

Feb
06
2018

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
Jan
15
2018

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

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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
Dec
08
2017

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
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