Karim Mamdani

Ontario Shores

Sanaz Riahi

Understanding Food and Your Own Health, Better

A major part of the Metabolic Clinic is the Clinical Dietitian component. For the majority of our Metabolic Clinic clients, they want to make changes to their food intake in order to reach their healthy lifestyle goals. March is Nutrition Month and across Canada, Registered Dietitians are spreading the word to promote healthy eating. This year’s Nutrition Month theme is: Take the Fight Out of Food. Spot the Problem. Get the Facts. Seek Support.

The goal of this year’s campaign is to help Canadians stop their struggles with food. When I reflect on how this can be applied to Ontario Shores, I think about the clients that I see on patient care units for various medical conditions, and the Metabolic Clinic clients who are struggling to make food-related behavior changes to manage their weight, and to control their diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure. But there are also all of the staff and clients who could be quietly struggling with health conditions big or small that require some food-related changes or restrictions. Sometimes people just don’t know where to look for reputable information regarding nutrition. I can’t tell you how many times clients have quoted Dr. Oz regarding nutrition facts, or they quoted nutrition information that they heard on the news, which was really only the result of one study. So, how do we know where to turn for reputable nutrition information? That’s where this year’s Nutrition Month campaign comes into play.

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Perfectly Imperfect

I was in the shower after work thinking of all I'd done in the day.

I'd made my kids' lunches and gotten them off to school. I'd worked my three hour shift of dog walking. I ate a healthy lunch. I put the laundry away in my husband and I's bedroom that had been staring at me since last week.

Then I thought about what I hadn't done today.

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Globe and Mail's André Picard Talks Journalism, Mental Health and Change

For communications professionals in the healthcare sector André Picard is the guy you want fighting for your cause.

As the Public Health Reporter for the Globe and Mail, Picard is the most prominent health policy writer in Canada and can influence both society and decision-makers by telling stories which focus on areas in healthcare which require attention.

When I first moved into communications and mental health care, it seemed as though Picard was the only reporter regularly writing about mental health. He gave a voice to patients in need of treatment and professionals wanting a change in public importance and system navigation. He has played a significant role in reducing stigma and raising the public consciousness of mental illness.


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