After completing her bachelor’s degree at Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia, Mallory Campbell completed her internship in Gesgapegiag where she officially finished her degree and passed her exam to become a registered Dietician. Campbell has been working as the registered Dietician in Listuguj and Gesgapegiag for a little over 10 years now.
When people hear the word “Dietician” they might associate this role strictly with dieting and weight loss, but this isn’t the case A Dietician offers much more insight when it comes to the connection between food and health. In Quebec, there is really no significant difference between a “Dietician” and a “Nutritionist.” Listuguj offers a Nutrition Program to all community members at Listuguj Community Health Services. These services can be offered in both individual or group settings and can include cooking classes, one-on-one individual consultations, or group information sessions. A program like this is very important and beneficial to have. “It can empower the community to embrace, understand, and enjoy food,” said Campbell.
A few topics that can be covered in the Nutrition program are:
- Heart Health
- Infant/Child Nutrition
- Digestive Health
- Weight loss/weight gain
Every consultation is unique, because it is on a case-by-case basis and ultimately what an individual’s need or goal is. Campbell will gather information and go from there. She said, “General information is usually collected which would cover things such as past/current eating habits, medical history, current health, medication, culture/food traditions, etc.”
There is a lot of information out there when it comes to nutrition, and Campbell said that it can get confusing and overwhelming but here are a few nutrition tips from Campbell:
- Enjoy the food you eat.
- Try a variety of foods.
- Cook at home.
- Limit processed foods.
- Choose water as your drink of choice.
If you are interested in meeting with Campbell, Registered Dietician at Listuguj Health Services, please call, 418-788-2155 and ask to speak with Mallory. She will schedule an appointment for a consultation and will help you on your way to your personal nutrition goals.
By Ann Marie Jacques