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Health Matters, Spring 2017 Issue publication team:
Jennifer Allford, Keith Bradford, Terry Bullick,
Bart Goemans, Jessica Hone, Cory Leyte, Dr. Christine
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Sawchenko, Chrissie Worth
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Cheryl Aitkens was trying to choose healthy
foods and leave less healthy foods on the
grocery store shelf. But it was tougher than
she expected—what to do about fat-free
yogurt that’s loaded with sugar? And some
advice she read was confusing.
“You read so much and everybody has an
opinion,” she says. “I want to take better
care of myself and I wanted the truth and I
wanted someone to point me in an unbiased
direction.” So, Aitkens signed up for Ask a
Dietitian, a group workshop at the Calgary
Foothills Primary Care Network, where she
could ask questions and learn how to make
good choices around food.
“Dietitians focus on teaching practical tips
that are easy to incorporate into day-to-day
life,” says Carmen Prion-Frank, a registered
dietitian with Calgary Foothills PCN. “We
talk about what to look for on food labels,
how to plan healthy meals and modify family
favourites to make them flavourful and
healthy.” Dietitians also help people learn how
to get the best value at supermarkets so they
can eat within their budgets.
Everyone can benefit from knowing how to
shop for and prepare healthy meals.
Getting the right advice
BY JENNIFER ALLFORD