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March is Nutrition Month, and March 20th is Dietitians Day

February 2019

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are passionate about food. There are more than 10,000 dietitians in Canada, and we all share a deep appreciation of food, a curiosity to understand the science behind it and the tools to unlock its potential.  As regulated health professionals, we are committed to working with patients, clients and communities to achieve their goals of better eating and improved health.  Prairie Mountain Health has more than 30 Registered Dietitians that work in various areas: 

 

Clinical Dietitians

Hospitals and Personal Care Homes - The clinical RDs work at all hospitals and personal care homes in the region. They visit with patients/residents individually and participate in health care team meetings. They assess patients/residents to help them meet their nutritional goals.  They also plan and approve menus that enable each facility to provide nutritious, balanced meals that are beneficial for each client.  

 

My Health Teams and Outpatient Clinics - In addition, clinical RDs see outpatients of all ages in many areas of PMH when nutrition concerns arise for things such as child growth and development, gastrointestinal disease management (i.e. Irritable bowel syndrome), food allergies, malnutrition and weight management.  PMH has clinical RDs working directly in:

  • primary care clinics, such as My Health Team Brandon
  • the Brandon, Russell, Dauphin, and Swan Valley Health Centre hemodialysis units, working with clients experiencing end-stage kidney disease
  • the Brandon Regional Health Centre Prehab Osteoarthritis Clinic

 

Cancer Care - The Western Manitoba Cancer Centre also employs a dietitian to help patients with their nutritional needs during their cancer journey.

 

Chronic Disease Education Program (CDEP) - The CDEP dietitians along with nurse educators help clients develop knowledge and skills to manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, early kidney disease, gastrointestinal problems, and other nutrition-related concerns. They provide classes and one-on-one nutrition counselling.  They travel regularly to various communities, including First Nations throughout PMH. 

 

Health Promotion Dietitians

Dietitians in Health Promotion (HP) work with communities, organizations, and groups, rather than individual clients. They promote healthy eating with a special focus on nutrition, how to cook healthy, and healthy food environments (i.e. healthy choices in vending machines and cafeterias).

 

Administration Dietitians

Dietitians in PMH are also working as managers in Nutrition Services, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.
 

To request an appointment with a dietitian or to refer a client, call 1-877-509-7852.

For general nutrition questions, call Dial-A-Dietitian at 1-877-830-2892.

For Nutrition Month fact sheets, recipes, and more, visit www.nutritionmonth2019.ca

For more healthy eating resources and recipes, visit www.unlockfood.ca

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