The Dietitians of Canada’s National Conference held in Toronto June 14 –16 was the ideal forum for Chicken Farmers of Canada to meet face-to-face with over 1,000 registered dietitians from across the country. Dietitians work in all kinds of organizations, in many different settings and are Canadians’ trusted experts for evidence-based food and nutrition information (www.dietitians.ca).
The annual National Conference presents the opportunity for dietitians, other health professionals, and government and industry representatives to stay abreast of nutrition research and to discuss, with colleagues and delegates, issues specific to one’s interest or practice. The Exhibitor Showcase, a full-day event, provides CFC and other representatives from the food and beverage industry the opportunity to showcase their latest products, resources, and services.
As the science of nutrition is the central focus of the annual Conference, most exhibitors promote the theme of eating for wellness. Chicken Farmers of Canada is no exception. CFC has a vested interest in promoting health and nutrition because, as farmers, we care about what Canadians serve their families. With over 500 nutritious recipes at chicken.ca, many categorized for dietary needs, CFC presented to conference delegates healthy recipe options and information kits about its new Nutrition Factsheet Series.
The Nutrition Factsheet Series, 9 in total, is available on CFC’s new Health Portal. These are useful teaching tools or clinical aids for those looking to change their eating habits and achieve a healthier lifestyle. Registered dietitians and other health professionals have been ordering these patient resources in bulk for nearly a decade. These resources are used in conjunction with professional dietary advice to help patients prevent and/or manage many health conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.
This year, CFC has freshened-up the look of its Factsheets Series. Series 1–9 are now more visually pleasing and easier to read. Series 1–6 were also revised to update old, and bring forth new and relevant, evidence-based health information. Here are descriptive titles of what the Series contains.
#1) Your Health is For Life: Putting It All Together
#2) Healthy Living for Women: It’s in Your Hands
#3) Diabetes: Making the Right Food Choices
#4) Love That Healthy Heart
#5) Protect Your Health – Get Salt Savvy!
#6) Managing Your Weight
#7) Welcome to the era of feeling young and looking younger! Baby Boomers and Zoomers
#8) Screen or Scream – Are Your Kids Spending Too Much Time With the Tube?
#9) Snack Attack! Keep it Healthy!
A Snack and Beverage Journal and a Weekly Food Journal also accompany this Series. These are handy tracking resources for a growing number of Canadians who take their snacks and meals whenever and wherever they can be wedged into their busy day. Dietitians, many who work in weight management, find the journals beneficial in helping their patients monitor their daily nutritional intake, assess how they eat, and modify their eating patterns to make healthier choices.
Though CFC’s factsheets and journals are most widely used by Canada’s registered dietitians, these are a great tool for all of us. Go to www.chicken.ca/health/ and get the Facts. What are you waiting for?