Dietitians Day March 16, 2016
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Pursuit of HealthinessHappy Dietitians Day!

One day each year is dedicated to dietitians across Canada. March 16, 2016, is the seventh anniversary of Dietitians Day. It celebrates dietitians as health care professionals committed to using our specialized knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to improve the health of Canadians.

Dietitians Day spotlights our profession and reminds us that dietitians are the smart choice for advice on proper eating, good nutrition and healthy living.

As the Chocoholic Dietitian, I will be celebrating Dietitians Day with strawberries AND chocolate. I will eat my veggies but also finish the day with a lovely glass of red wine: eating fully is about eating healthfully and soulfully.

In honour of National Dietitians Day, I’d like to thank and introduce Health Stand Nutrition’s registered dietitians and recognize all our colleagues at the Dietitians of Canada.

Health Stand Nutrition dietitiansAndrea Holwegner BSc, RD, President, Counselling Practice Director & Professional Speaker: Nutrition expert Andrea Holwegner is the energetic founder and president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Since 2000, she has counseled hundreds of individuals, including Olympic athletes, CEOs and families, on the benefits of healthy eating. Andrea spearheads a team of highly trained and experienced dietitians within her practice. She is also known as the chocoholic nutritionist, believing anyone can achieve health without guilt or complexity, and that the secret to success is having fun. Click to read more about Andrea…

Carrie Mullin Innes MSc, RD, IOC Sports Nutrition, Registered Dietitian, Weight Management Expert & Sports Nutritionist: Carrie is a thoughtful, supportive nutrition coach known for her sound nutrition advice and innovative ideas to inspire and motivate you to reach your goals. Carrie’s nutrition philosophy focuses on self-empowerment and setting realistic goals for healthy eating that allows room for treats and fun foods (such as her favorites, ice cream and chocolate)! She presents nutrition information in an easy to understand manner and will show you that it is possible to make healthy choices anywhere and anytime without feeling like you are missing out. She will help you realize that healthy eating can be easy, interesting, practical and fun!

Deb Lounsbury BSA, RD, CDE, Registered Dietitian, Weight Management Expert & Certified Diabetes Educator: Deb brings over 25-years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. What you will love about Deb the most is her approachability and practical ideas for nutrition and healthy living. She says that the best part of her job is watching people achieve success in a realistic, enjoyable and non-restrictive way. Deb is an advocate for a healthy relationship with food and believes that all foods fit into healthy eating (including chocolate and wine which she ranks as top treats!).

Richelle Tabelon RD, Registered Dietitian, Weight Management Expert & Chronic Disease Nutritionist: Richelle is contagiously positive, and passionate about nutrition and healthy living! She is known for her comprehensive approach that encompasses physical, mental and spiritual well-being. You can count on her for sound professional expertise and practical ideas to make good nutrition easier. You can also count on her to find a way to balance in your favourite fun foods (hers is traditional Ukrainian foods like pierogies).

Sherene Sieben BSc, RD, Registered Dietitian, Weight Management Expert & Pediatric Nutrition Specialist: Sherene’s warm Maritime charm and energetic disposition, partnered with her extensive nutrition expertise of over 15 years will inspire you and your family toward better health. Feeding a family can be one of the most difficult tasks as a parent, however, Sherene can help set realistic goals, make family meals enjoyable and see them end in success. Sherene believes that meals are more than just about eating. Mealtime is about teaching kids about nutrition, family connectedness and socializing while enjoying everything from vegetables to dessert (yes, there is always room for dessert!).

March is Nutrition Month logoBONUS: Download the Dietitians of Canada Factsheet and read about how dietitians promote health through food and nutrition, including

  • why you should consult a dietitian
  • the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist
  • tools you can use to make it easier to eat well
  • resources for finding a dietitian

If you need help putting your goals into action we can help.  Work with one of our friendly Registered Dietitians at our Calgary office or alternatively by phone or Skype. Explore our Nutrition Counselling Programs.

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Success stories

"I am a psychologist in private practice and it is very important to me that my clients have the best care with other health care professionals. For that reason Health Stand Nutrition is my only source for exceptional Dietitians. Andrea and her team provide highly knowledgeable, compassionate, and real world support to my clients who require assistance with food lifestyle. I trust my clients to them and you would be in excellent hands making them part of your health care team."
Adele Fox, Psychologist
“This is the first time I feel satisfied; my cravings have diminished dramatically and I have a whole new relationship with food. I am eating guilt-free for the first time in my life. My energy has also dramatically increased and I feel great!
Rhonda Jenkins, Nutrition Counseling Client
“The Dieticians at Health Stand Nutrition help you to take action on the science behind eating well by making it practical, understandable, and fun. Their office is cozy and not at all clinical or intimidating. I felt like I was sitting down with a really smart, caring friend who wanted to help me make the best choices for my lifestyle and food preferences. They really are the best in the business.”
Marty Avery, Nutrition Counseling Client
“I have come to think of the program as a one stop shopping excursion for everything one needs to know about creating a joyous relationship with food and our bodies. In a single word, the course has gifted me with freedom from the punishing rigidity of disordered eating, old stories that never were true, and body dysmorphia that did nothing but make me lose sight of a body that has done everything I've asked, despite my careless dismissal of her needs. Now when I look in the mirror I find myself shifting from harsh criticism to gentle gratitude.”
Lynn Haley, Pursuit of Healthiness Online Course Participant
“I spent 3 hours when first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I learned more from my Dietitian about food in those 3 hours than I had learned in all the years of my life. I also love the newsletter, there is always something to learn.”
Peter Whitehead, Nutrition Counseling Client
“I didn’t realize how strong my “diet mentality” was, and all the rules I had in my head about food. I was in a cycle of reward/punish/binge/cringe. I booked with your business very reluctantly, on the repeated advice of my doctor, to get my slowly rising cholesterol levels in check. I thought I knew everything about food, and my behaviour with food, but I was definitely re-schooled. My weight is creeping down, I feel good about my diet, exercise, body image, and lifestyle.”
Amy Floyd, Nutrition Counseling Client
“Thanks Andrea for an amazing presentation, I have heard all positive remarks from attendees and the evaluations show the same sentiment. It is really gratifying when a speaker does their “homework” and weaves in our profession’s day to day challenges within their content, you did an awesome job of this! You truly took the “die” out of Dietician! Your information on healthy eating and simplifying how we can work towards this as we are all so busy really hit the mark. Andrea connects very well with her audience; she is energetic, funny, and very approachable.”
Carole Ann LaGrange, Transfusion Medicine Safety Officer

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I am a family physician who sees patients with a myriad of eating concerns – from wanting to know how to plan healthy meals for active families, to weight loss, to eating disorders, and so on. I cannot recommend the Health Stand team highly enough. I have worked with (and been to!) other Dieticians in the past and too often find that they just ask for food logs and make suggestions that are easily obtained online or in books. The Dieticians at Health Stand offer much more than just telling clients what they “should be eating.” In contrast, the team really does more of a counselling practice, and they work hard to help their clients learn more about why their eating habits may be off track and not optimal for them, as well as helping people to effect change at a deep level that, most importantly, is sustainable for lifetime health.”
Dr. Deb Putnam, Family Physician

Nutrition Counseling Client & Referring Physician

“I am a busy mom, with kids in high level sports, working full-time downtown, and running our home acreage outside the City. I now have the knowledge and tools I need to plan for and manage the chaos of meal planning.”
Gillian Gray, Pursuit of Healthiness Online Course Participant
“As a construction company, we select speakers who can relate to our industry and its employees. Andrea’s message was delivered with humor and empathy. She makes people feel as though they can make changes without leaving behind every favorite food. Andrea focused her presentation on healthy eating as a way to keep energy high throughout the day. This message and the way it was delivered resonated with our predominantly male, blue collar culture. I would highly recommend Andrea as a speaker for groups such as ours. She will get your message across without alienating anyone in your audience – which is a huge hurdle when trying to introduce a wellness program in the workplace!”
Stephanie Wood, HR and Safety Manager

Fisher Construction Group, Burlington, WA

I found my Dietitian warm, funny, and skilled at teaching nutrition concepts without the overwhelm. The general approach of each session was to mix science with emotion, which was exceedingly effective in helping me shift my perspective on food from one of anxiety to one of joy and curiosity.”
Erin Kronstedt, Nutrition Counseling Client
“Excellent presentation! What a refreshing change to have a speaker inspire rather than “lecture” about nutrition. Your captivating stories, tips and overall approach to healthy eating uplifts and puts people at ease. It was great to hear we don’t need to strive to be perfect eaters, and that small changes really can make a difference in how we feel and in our health. Thanks to Andrea, we have solutions to our everyday nutrition challenges that can actually work in real life!”
Tina Tamagi, Human Resources

ARC Resources Ltd.

“Had I not joined this course I would have struggled with no focus, low energy, and mindless eating. Excellent teaching and motivation. This is not just a course, it is a nutrition club with mentorship, support, and connections with other people with similar situations.”
Lorri Lawrence, Pursuit of Healthiness online course participant

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