March 16 is Dietitians Day!


As part of National Nutrition Month, the BCGEU salutes the hard work of dietitians on Dietitians Day.

These professional members of our Health Services component work in a variety of health care settings including primary care homes, community health centres, home care and community care, long-term care and public health units. They generally work with populations using a community development approach but may also work with individuals to help build a healthy relationship with food, manage chronic diseases and ensure wellness.

"Dietitians are respected members of the health care team who commit to using their specialist knowledge in food and nutrition to support and improve the health of populations," says Sherry Ogasawara, vice president of our Health Services component. "They represent the smart choice for advice on proper eating, good nutrition and healthy living. The BCGEU appreciates the valuable work they do in their respective communities."

In B.C., dietitians have a university degree and at least 1250 hours of hands-on training. They must pass a registration exam to become a regulated professional. The title "dietitian" is protected by law, just like physician, nurse or pharmacist. "Nutritionist" is not a protected title – that means anyone can use it.

This year's theme for National Nutrition Month is Take a 100-Meal Journey. Because making big changes can be daunting, people are encouraged to take a pledge to modify small eating habits and stick with them, for lasting improvements. Click here to visit the National Nutrition Month website, and take the pledge! Resources specific to Dietitians Day are here

On Dietitians Day, congratulations to all our health services members who work as dietitians!