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Dietitians meet with Newfoundland and Labrador politicians

Mar 16, 2017

ST. JOHN'S, NL— In celebration of Nutrition Month and Dietitians Day, the Dietitians of Newfoundland and Labrador (DNL), a local action group of Dietitians of Canada, hosted a healthy lunch and information session with Members of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly in St. John’s on March 15, 2017. The day provided DNL with an opportunity to meet with Members of the House of Assembly (MHAs) from all political parties and Ministers to share the Nutrition Month theme of Take the Fight out of Food and increase awareness that dietitians are the experts in food and nutrition information.

 “We are excited to be celebrating Nutrition Month and Dietitians Day with MHAs,” said Adrianna Smallwood, dietitian and Nutrition Month representative for Newfoundland and Labrador. “Understanding the diverse and expert role of dietitians in a variety of settings will support the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to achieve the vision outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

In addition to highlighting the diverse roles of dietitians throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, participants had the opportunity to meet with a dietitian for a mini nutrition consultation. The success of the day was sharing the unique knowledge, skills and value of dietitians as experts in the field of food and nutrition.

Quick Facts:

  • Each year dietitians across Newfoundland and Labrador host events and promote healthy eating during March. The slogan for this year’s campaign is Take the Fight out of Food! Spot the problem. Get the facts. Seek support. More information on Nutrition Month is available online.
  • March 15, 2017 marks the eighth anniversary of Dietitians Day, an opportunity to celebrate dietitians as the trusted source for advice on proper eating, good nutrition and healthy living.
  • There are 178 registered dietitians in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador who work in a variety of settings including community health teams; hospitals; long-term care homes; public health; health promotion; education; sports and recreation facilities; business, academic and research settings; and in private practice.
  • Advice from a registered dietitian can reduce the risk of:
    • Heart disease and stroke by 80%
    • Diabetes by 60%
    • Cancer by 40%
    • Other conditions such as childhood obesity, mental health issues, anemia and malnutrition in seniors.

About Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada is the professional association for dietitians across Canada, including members in Newfoundland and Labrador. As the voice of the profession, Dietitians of Canada is committed to ensuring citizens from NL have access to the dietitian services they need and strives for excellence in advancing health through food and nutrition. A DC Local Action Group, the Dietitians of Newfoundland and Labrador are a group of committed DC members who are passionate about the health and well being of citizens in their province.

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Additional Information:

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Kate Comeau, MSc, RD
Manager of Public Relations and Media
Dietitans of Canada