Celebrating Nutritionists/Dietitians Day on March 16, 2022
The Cree Board of Health is proud to acknowledge the dedication, passion and hard work of our nutritionists/dietitians. Nutritionists are professionals specialized in food and nutrition.
In Eeyou Istchee, about 20 nutritionists are working in our hospital, clinics, Public Health department and Allied Health services. Each community has at least one nutritionist.
- In the hospital and clinics, they work to promote healthy eating through counselling, community activities and workshops.
- In Public Health, they are involved in regional programs focusing on health promotion, prevention, and support of local initiatives.
- In Allied Health services, they support local nutritionists in their clinical practice.
“Food is very important for Miyupiimatisiiun, which is why it is important to learn more about healthy eating, and to eat traditional Cree foods often. What we eat everyday is like medicine. Iyiyimiichim is medicine.” - Lilian Kandiliotis, Dietitian-Nutritionist, Regional Public Health
“Eating foods we love, especially when shared in the company of others, is a joyful experience and can help to boost our mood.” - Samantha Barcelo, Dietitian-Nutritionist, CMC Waswanipi (Awash & Uschiniichisuu)
Healthy eating is an essential part of our health. It touches all aspects of our Miyupîmatisîun: helping prevent or manage chronic diseases, promoting social and cultural well-being, and supporting mental and emotional wellness.
Many foods contain sugar – not just sweet-tasting food. Any activity that you do will use the sugars you eat to make your body move.
When you try lowering your stress, you might have more time to focus on the other aspects of healthy lifestyles.
When you make nutritious food choices, it helps maintain your blood glucose and can help you get closer to normal levels.