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CHANGE Your Nutrition Toolkit: Practical Tools for Making Meaningful Dietary Changes

Date: September 12, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00pm EST

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Join Nutrition Connections for a webinar led by Metabolic Syndrome Canada to learn about the exciting release of a new nutrition toolkit to help Canadians change their eating habits to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These highly sought tools and resources were developed to support the implementation of a 12-month diet and exercise program called CHANGE (Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise) that can be available through family doctors’ clinics across Canada; but are now being released for public use by registered dietitians, health professionals, and individuals wishing to make healthy dietary changes.

The NU-CHANGE toolkit (NUtrition Toolkit for CHANGE) includes recipes, videos, tips, and fact sheets to help people make lifestyle changes based on the latest evidence and their specific health goals. The toolkit was created by Metabolic Syndrome Canada, the creators of the CHANGE Program, by building on work from Paula Brauer’s team at the University of Guelph, feedback from the CHANGE registered dietitians, and funding from the Helderleigh Foundation.

This webinar will:

  • provide an overview of the CHANGE diet and exercise program for the prevention and management of chronic diseases
  • describe implementation initiatives of the CHANGE program in clinics across Canada
  • outline how the NU-CHANGE toolkit was developed and the resources in the toolkit
  • discuss effective ways the NU-CHANGE resources may be used in practice by dietitians, health professionals and individuals with an interest in healthy eating   
  • provide a sneak peek at additional resources and supports available to registered dietitians running the CHANGE program

Presenters:

Rupinder Dhaliwal, RD, FDC

As Director of Operations of Metabolic Syndrome Canada, Rupinder Dhaliwal is currently leading the expansion of a team-based diet and exercise intervention, the CHANGE program, in primary care clinics across Canada. Her accomplishments include playing a key role in the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Critical Care nutrition, implementation of several multicenter nutrition studies, authorship of scientific publications, presenting at many national and international conferences and being an evidence analyst for PEN. In 2016, she was awarded “Fellow of Dietitians of Canada” and in 2019 the “Allied Health Award” by the Canadian Nutrition Society. Rupinder has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nutrition Society since 2017.

Carolyn Marie Tereszkowski, RD, MSc

Carolyn is a registered dietitian with the Loyalist Family Health Team and lead of the CHANGE program at this site near Kingston, Ontario. She also works with Metabolic Syndrome Canada as a primary care consultant to support ongoing development and expansion of the CHANGE program to other primary care clinics across Canada. Although empowering individuals to make lifestyle change through primary care is her passion; her background also includes clinical dietetics at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, population health and project management experience as a Public Health Nutritionist with the Region of Waterloo, as well as a research background and several scientific publications stemming from a Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph.