And if you already think: "Wait, what's the difference between a dietitian & nutritionist?"; I got that answered in another blog post, too.
Today, I'll be sharing what dietitians do in more unique and specialized roles by showcasing and honouring some of the incredible dietitians who have paved their own way in this growing, multi-faceted field.
I know it's not as comprehensive, because we're almost everywhere! If you're a dietitian and want to share your unique role, please comment below. I'd love to hear from you!
Business & Industry
Dietitians in this role provide credible nutrition expertise when aligning with brands or corporations to ensure that accurate health information is communicated to other industry professionals.
They can also be nutrition writers and speakers that educate consumers and the public of evidence-based research, and provide their clinical perspective.
- Sue Mah is the Founder of Nutrition Solutions, and Co-Founder of another consulting business, Nutrition For NON-Nutritionists. She is an expert in nutrition writing and nutrition trends, and is an influential speaker and media spokesperson who is regularly featured on CTV Your Morning, CBC Morning Live, CBC News Network and Breakfast Television Toronto.
- Patricia Chuey is a food writer, recipe developer, and speaker who communicates the latest food news and nutritional advice through The Globe and Mail, CTV, Global TV, Chatelaine, and Canadian Living to name a few. She advocates an 80-20 approach, where 80% of food choices are based on nutrition, and the other 20% being devoted to pleasure, since she believes there's more to nourishment than just nutrition!
Online & Traditional Media
These dietitians express their point of view and knowledge about food across a wide array of media outlets such as blogs, social media sites, podcasts, TV, magazines...the list goes on! Dietitians in this role are able to build a community where they directly can provide nutritional information and advice.
This role is accompanied by a lot of content planning, writing, and usually recipe development. Dietitians may also use media platforms as a means to promote their other businesses, services, or projects.
- Abbey Sharp has created a brand on her core philosophy that an enjoyable relationship with food and body is fundamental for good health! This outlook is also appreciated in her countless recipes, webisodes, and her personal blog, Abbey's Kitchen. Additionally, Abbey has worked as a spokesperson and brand ambassador for many food, health, and lifestyle brands.
- Abby Langer is a spokesperson with brands that are aligned with her non-diet, real food philosophy, engaging in a lot of radio, TV, and print media. She is also a freelance writer for SELF magazine. Her counselling and media business, Abby Langer Nutrition, is run in partnership with Laura Baum.
- Tori Wesszer is a food and lifestyle blogger. Her blog, Fraiche Nutrition, shares various recipes and lifestyle tips ranging from entertaining, fitness, travel, and feeding kids! Her recipes and nutrition advice embrace sustainable and enjoyable healthy eating, and moderation without deprivation.
Niche & Unique Avenues
There are countless other roles that dietitians fill that branch out into other fields such as fitness, food retail, education, government, etc! With nutrition being such an integral part of public health, dietitians are a valuable resource in almost every discipline and area of society.
- Nutrition Academy is an educational hub for dietitians and nutrition professionals to provide online courses and webinars on a variety of topics to keep up with continuing education and professional development in specialized topics. The Nutrition Academy courses are developed and run by dietitians Susan Watson & Andrea Hardy.
- Cristina Sutter is a well known dietitian in the Vancouver area and specializes in the area of athletics. She does informative presentations and helps athletes reach peak performance. Cristina helps her clients attain both their fitness and health goals with established dietary approaches.
- Ben Sit of Evolved Sport & Nutrition (ESN) is a dietitian in the Toronto area who specializes in sports nutrition and provide counselling & coaching services to athletes as well as provide continuing education for nutrition professionals & athletes.
- Jessica Wang and Gordon Ly are in-store dietitians at various Loblaws and Independent Grocer locations across the lower mainland. They are community-based dietitians dedicated to providing unique services such as personalized shopping tours, discussing food choices at the point of purchase, and educational workshops right in the grocery store aisles themselves! Working in a retail setting also allows them to be attuned to consumer interests and shopping trends.
- Whitney Hussain loves to help her clients build positive and sustainable relationships with food. Her role as an in-store dietitian involves creating community partnerships, sharing her knowledge through demonstrations and grocery store tours, and providing nutrition counselling support.
- Melissa Baker is the Manager of Nutrition and Wellbeing for student housing at the University of British Columbia, and she is also on the Dietitians of Canada Board of Directors. She strives to improve the health of young Canadians, and believes that learning how to eat well at an early age is key to a healthy life-long relationship with food!
- Dietitian connections: Emma McCruden is the sport dietitian of Athletics and Recreation at the University of British Columbia. Emma also teaches lectures in sport nutrition in the Kinesiology and Food Nutrition and Health programs.
- Federal & Provincial Policy
- Tele-health Dietitians
- Dietetic Research
- And list keeps on going!
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