Hello! My name is Robyn and I am a new member to the J. Oulton & Associates team. I am a Registered Dietitian also pursuing a Master’s degree at The University of Guelph with a focus in family nutrition and obesity prevention. Read below about Nutrition Month and why I believe it’s so important!
March is Nutrition Month nationwide, and while this means a lot of planning, it is a fun and rewarding time for dietitians alike. This year’s Nutrition Month theme is Unlock the Potential of Food. The campaign endorses 5 unique pillars focusing on how food can contribute to our health and wellbeing.
This year we invite you to:
- Fuel your body
- Use food and diet to prevent chronic illness
- Promote healing
- Bring others together at meal times
- Involve little ones in the meal preparation process
While we all relate to the Nutrition Month themes each and every year, this one in particular resonates with myself both personally and through multiple areas of my practice. As a Registered Dietitian pursuing a Master’s degree at The University of Guelph, my focus specifically lies within family health and specializing in the prevention of childhood obesity. As we know, chronic diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke are on the rise. We should acknowledge how the food we put into our bodies can help prevent, manage and in some cases even heal these illnesses. Did you know 2.4 million adults were living with heart disease in 2013 and is the second leading cause of death in Canada¹? As dietitians we work with many individuals who have been affected by these health issues and we strive to promote awareness and educate others – both actions we take pride in and love doing!
In addition to Nutrition Month, the nation dedicates a specific day to our profession. Dietitians Day is March 14, also making Nutrition Month a rewarding time to be in this field. This event allows us to reflect on how we got to this career and all of the dedication, perseverance and hard work that went into working for the Registered Dietitian title (and that which continues throughout our practice). Our main goal is to share evidenced based practice and educate our residents and clients on how we can utilize food to improve our health and wellbeing.
This year, I encourage you to take the “Nutrition Month Pledge” on unlocking the potential of food. We also invite you to check out Dietitians’ of Canada’s fact sheets on different nutrition tips on any of the 5 pillars featured this month. Each of the factsheets will provide you tips for healthy snacking, teaching your kids about cooking, and more. You can download these factsheets here.
For more information including recipes and more visit the 2018 Nutrition Month webpage at http://www.nutritionmonth2018.ca/.
¹Government of Canada, 2017. Accessed February 20, 2018 from https://www.canada.ca/content/canadasite/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/heart-disease-canada.html