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Registered dieticians host meet and greet at Slemon Park Medical Centre for nutrition month

Bernadette Campbell, left, registered dietician at Harbourside Medical Centre in Summerside, provides nutritional information to Joannie Carroll, who stopped by the National Dieticians Day meet and greet at Slemon Park Medical Centre. Photo by Brad Collins
Bernadette Campbell, left, registered dietician at Harbourside Medical Centre in Summerside, provides nutritional information to Joannie Carroll, who stopped by the National Dieticians Day meet and greet at Slemon Park Medical Centre. Photo by Brad Collins - The Journal Pioneer

Dieticians show participants how to unlock foods' potential

SLEMON PARK – Bernadette Campbell was on Kijiji the other day looking for tickets to a concert.

While doing so, she noticed multiple advertisements promoting a diet pill.

You’d see the before and after images of someone’s body and it would say only two pills a day. Message me if you want more details, she explained.

Everybody wants a quick fix.

“There is so much information out there now. It’s a multi-billion dollar diet industry and everybody is trying out some new fad.”

Many of the diets suggest restricting food groups. What dieticians teach is not about restricting anything, she said.

“It’s about enjoying an assortment.”

An information board presented at the seminar to unlock food's potential.
An information board presented at the seminar to unlock food's potential.

 

March is nutrition month and March 14 was also National Dieticians Day. Campbell is a registered dietician at Harbourside Medical Centre in Summerside.

One might think March 14 was supposed to be a day when dieticians like Campbell could put their feet up and have everybody wait on them. But that’s not what’s happening, she said.

“A lot of it is promoting awareness of what dieticians do and us being credible sources of nutritional information.”

And in line with those celebrations, she along with Katelin Campbell, who is also a registered dietician, hosted a meet and greet at Slemon Park Medical Centre.

With high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease on the Island, they thought it was a good time to promote the services they have to offer.

“Just highlight nutrition and offer some resources to the community.”

There is a lot of information out there that is not accurate. Dieticians are available to the public and their knowledge is evidence-based. They will teach menu planning, label reading and recipe ideas.

Both of these dieticians focus on chronic disease prevention and management. They are not necessarily promoting a quick fix, Campbell said

“We are generally fixing the quick fixes that go by the wayside.”

When Joannie Carroll saw the advertisement for a seminar for food, she was interested because she wanted to learn new eating habits.

Joannie Carroll and her eight-year-old daughter, Savanna, look at a menu planning guide during a recent meet and greet for nutrition month at Slemon Park Medical Centre in Summerside.
Joannie Carroll and her eight-year-old daughter, Savanna, look at a menu planning guide during a recent meet and greet for nutrition month at Slemon Park Medical Centre in Summerside.
Joannie Carroll and her eight-year-old daughter, Savanna, look at a menu planning guide during a recent meet and greet for nutrition month at Slemon Park Medical Centre in Summerside.

Her family seems to fall into the same patterns: days being so busy and not having the time to put good food together.

They just want to open the fridge and see what’s the easiest thing to make, Carroll said.

“I want to get out of that habit.”

After the meet and greet, Carroll learned some new food combinations and snacking she would like to try. Her husband is a truck driver and comes off the road soon, she said.

“There will be different snacks when he comes home.”

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