On Dietitians Day, we celebrate the invaluable contributions of registered dietitians to our health care system. Celebrated annually, on the third Wednesday in March, Dietitians Day highlights the important role these professionals play in supporting people to heal and to improve their quality of life.
OPSEU/SEFPO represents thousands of registered dietitians working in hospitals and health care centres across Ontario who develop and oversee nutrition care plans for their patients. They help people understand the science of nutrition and how it can contribute to healthy living.
“Dietitians working on the front-lines have showed up day-in and day-out during this pandemic because of their commitment to the health of Ontarians,” said OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “The support and expertise they provide allow their patients to enjoy healthy lives with their loved ones.”
In addition to the years of study, internships and examinations required to become a Registered Dietitian in Canada, Dietitians also regularly take continuing education courses to maintain the high quality of care they offer. They are instrumental members of the healthcare teams in our hospitals and care facilities.
“The knowledge and skills of these health care professionals is remarkable,” said OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida. “Nutrition is a key part of recovery and disease-prevention; lives are saved every day because of the dedication and passion of our registered dietitians.”