March was Nutrition Month. To mark the occasion, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) felt it was important to take time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of its team of dietitians with a brief roundup of their most recent activities.
In the latter part of last year, DFC dietitians held exhibit booths across Canada at various scientific conferences targeting health professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians and researchers. Some of the events attended include:
- The New Brunswick Heart Symposium
- The Canadian Hypertension Congress
- The Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference
- Le Congrès de l’Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec
- The Heart and Stroke Clinical Update
Participating in these gatherings gave DFC an opportunity to connect with health professionals from coast to coast and talk about the role of dairy products in a healthy diet. Conference participants were particularly interested in the factsheet relative to the benefits of dairy on heart health.
DFC’s nutrition team will continue delivering its health and well-being message to Canadians in the coming months. Stay tuned for more information on their future endeavours.
Celebrating a partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research
DFC was recently recognized as a founding member of the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (CFDR). The CFDR was created in 1991 by Dietitians of Canada to support nutrition research.
The CFDR plays a specific and essential role within the healthcare research arena. By providing grants to support research by dietitians in the context of their practice, CFDR is in a unique position to help improve the nutritional health of all Canadians.
The evidence resulting from this research allows health professionals to provide science-based guidance and intervention in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and pursuit of optimal health.
This evidence also helps those in the food industry to learn more about consumer choices and dietary trends. Over the course of this partnership, CFDR has funded research that has cast a favourable light on dairy product consumption.
DFC is proud to have been a part of this initiative since the very beginning and is committed to helping Canadians stay healthy.
DFC reaches out to the medical community
Since the launch of its Physician Education Program in October 2016, DFC medical representatives have been very active meeting with doctors both one-on-one by visiting health clinics and by participating in conferences catered specifically to doctors.
DFC had a booth at the Family Medicine Forum and the St. Paul’s Hospital Continuing Medical Education Conference for Primary Care Physicians, both held in Vancouver, as well as the 54th Annual Scientific Assembly of the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
DFC medical representatives met with an estimated 1,000 physicians during these events.
The message conveyed remains the same whether at a high-profile conference or in a small health clinique: New research shows that patients with cardiovascular issues can benefit from consuming dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt.
Since this program was launched, DFC medical representatives have made just over 3,200 calls to family doctors across Canada.
This successful initiative has been upheld in 2017, and we will keep you informed of its progress.
PHOTO: Photo provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Dairy Farmers of Canada
Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization which defends the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and strives to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry.
Working in accordance with supply management principles, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy and lobbying initiatives.
Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national activities. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.
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