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Dietitians gather in Ottawa to discuss key issues impacting the health of Canadians

OTTAWA, ON — Dietitians of Canada opened their annual conference in Ottawa this morning with remarks from Minister of Health, the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor. The event brings together 600 dietitians, students and researchers in the field of food, nutrition and dietetics. A range of topics will be addressed over the three-day conference by dietitians and leading experts – including many related to food and nutrition policy. 

“Dietitians are passionate about the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health. So much so, that we see them engaging and influencing food and nutrition policy at every level,” said Nathalie Savoie, CEO of Dietitians of Canada in her welcoming remarks. “We are proud to support dietitians as they engage with decision makers and provide their unique expertise and perspective in consultations that shape the future of healthy living for Canadians.”
A recent survey of Dietitians of Canada members indicated that dietitians continue to prioritize the policies within the Federal Healthy Eating Strategy as well as policies to reduce the prevalence of household food insecurity in Canada. 
“Dietitians of Canada is committed to working across sectors and with all levels of government to support the implementation of the Healthy Eating Strategy, including support for restrictions of marketing of food and beverages to children (Bill S-228), Canada’s new Food Guide and front of package labelling,” said Savoie.
There will also be 72 research presentations and ePosters from dietitians and students hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. The full program for the event is available at

About Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada (DC) is a professional association with strong roots connecting members across all areas of food, nutrition and health. DC proudly represents dietitians, fostering growth and passion in the profession through advocacy, engagement and professional development. After more than 80 years, DC remains an innovative organization with strong member leadership and common purpose: to advance the health of Canadians through food and nutrition.  

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

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