Once a year, a special day is dedicated to all dietitians across Canada. 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. Why have a Dietitians Day? Well, it's a great way to spotlight the profession and reminds us that dietitians are the smart choice for advice on proper eating, good nutrition and healthy living.
I have difficulty celebrating this day without thanking all of my colleagues, peers, governing bodies and clients that have made my career one that I can enjoy. With a complex food system and a bombardment of false information (thanks to the media and cyberspace), my job hasn't always been an easy one. Sorting through the facts and fallacies to bring you relevant information is my job, and I'm proud of it.
On this morning, my husband packed my lunch along with a few extra goodies and a beautiful bouquet of hydrangeas. I love that he loves my profession as much as I do. Earlier in the month, I was welcomed at my workplace with a Carrot Pineapple Loaf. My colleague had made it for me after seeing it shared on the blog. That's special.
Here's the deal: if you know a Dietitian or have worked with one, on this day, maybe give him/her a call, an email or a message letting them know their work is valuable.
And, how about a few DID YOU KNOW's:
- Structured, intensive lifestyle interventions delivered by dietitians can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 60% in clients at risk
- Nutrition counselling improves general dietary behaviours associated with good health such as increased fruit, vegetable, and fibre intake and decreased fat intake
- In working with a Dietitian, we can potentially reduce healthcare cost by 34%
- Lifestyle and diet changes can reduce the risk of cancer by 40% and heart disease/stroke by 80%
- After at least three months of nutrition counselling, patients with chronic disease have experienced:
- Decreased body weight of about 3-5 kg
- Improved blood sugar/glucose control
- Reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels
In the mean time, get educated. Here's a great video brought to you by the College of Dietitians of Manitoba that highlights the credibility and work that Registered Dietitians offer to Manitobans.
Please note, a portion of the above information is adapted from the Dietitians of Canada's Nutrition Month Campaign Materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at www.nutritionmonth2015.ca.