How Canadian Dietitians Take the Fight out of Food
Mar 15, 2017
Dietitians Day is an opportunity to celebrate how dietitians make a difference
TORONTO, ON — This Nutrition Month, dietitians are reminding Canadians that eating should be joyful, not a source of everyday frustration and confusion. On March 15, Dietitians of Canada will celebrate Dietitians Day and the important work dietitians do every day to help Canadians Take the Fight out of Food, making a difference in the lives of Canadians from coast-to-coast.
“Dietitians work in vastly diverse roles,” says Karen Boyd, dietitian and a regional executive director with Dietitians of Canada, “but at the core is a passion for science, food and helping others. Dietitians collaborate with other health professionals, policy makers, businesses and academic institutions to serve Canadians. Today we celebrate these contributions.”
Creating healthier food environments
When the healthier choice is the easier choice, communities benefit. Working with schools, community programs, policy makers and with food industry, dietitians like Stephanie O’Brien, Mary McKenna, Pooja Mansukhani, Lisa Forester Coull, Kate Cole and Dayle Sunohara are doing just that.
Malnutrition has a serious impact on health, leading to longer hospital stays and increased health care costs. Dietitians like Heather Keller and Carlota Basualdo-Hammond conduct research and develop screening tools to better identify, prevent and treat malnutrition. Dietitians like Jennifer Daniels advocate for and influence policy to tackle causes like food insecurity, which currently affects one in eight Canadian households.
Providing credible information
There is no shortage of information on food and nutrition, but not all of it is accurate. Dietitians like Bernard Lavallée, Lalitha Taylor, Casey Berglund, Patricia Chuey, Shahzadi Devje and Abbey Sharp provide evidence-based food and nutrition information in the media and online. Dietitians like Loreen Wales, Hélène Charlebois and Nicole Doucet reach the public through workshops and employee health programs and dietitians like Edie Shaw Ewald support the public where they buy food, as in-store dietitians.
Educating the next generation of dietitians
Teaching clinical skills in innovative ways, developing programs for internationally educated practitioners and providing opportunities for hands on experience in diverse areas, from food service management to public health, primary care and sports nutrition, dietitians like Lori Buscher, Beverly Brockest, Kelly Anne Erdman, Marg Ewtushik, Eileen Cabrera, Angela Cuddy, Paula Dworatzek, Barbara Roebothan, Linda Smith, Pierrette Buklis and Helen Tomalik are making a difference.
The dietitians mentioned in this release are recipients of a 2016 Member Recognition Award. A full list of recipients is available at www.dietitians.ca/awards.
About Dietitians Day
Dietitians Day is celebrated across Canada during Nutrition Month (March). It celebrates dietitians as health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to improve the health of Canadians. Dietitians Day also raises the profile of dietitians and helps encourage and attract others to this worthy, satisfying and respected profession.
For more information on events happening today and during Nutrition Month, visit www.nutritionmonth2017.com.
Wondering why you should choose a dietitian? Learn more about how Dietitians Make a Difference.
Think you or a loved one might want to become a dietitian? Learn more about career in dietetics.
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About Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada is the national professional association for dietitians, representing 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national level. As the voice of the profession, Dietitians of Canada strives for excellence in advancing health through food and nutrition.
Dietitians of Canada supports the access of Canadians to evidence-based food and nutrition information and helps them locate a dietitian for nutrition counselling and nutrition services at dietitians.ca/find.
For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Kate Comeau, MSc, RD
Manager of Public Relations and Media
Dietitans of Canada