March 16th is National Dietitian’s Day. Audra is a long-time northerner and currently works as the community dietitian for Yellowknife region. “As an outpatient dietitian, a personal goal of mine is to meet each person where they are at in the context of real life, and to help them make practical behaviour changes that can be maintained long-term.”
Audra says that she enjoys customizing nutrition information so that it makes sense to each person and meets their personal nutrition literacy needs. “My greatest passion is to work with people to have a healthy relationship with food, by learning to eat intuitively and mindfully. This often gets distorted in the diet-focused culture in which we live.”
Audra sees clients both one-on-one and in group settings for all nutritional diagnoses, and supports public health projects like the Healthy Family Program, Yellowknife postnatal group, and more. She first began her career as a hospital dietitian in Hay River in 1993. Since then, she’s lived on Vancouver Island, and then in Inuvik working as a nutritionist for both the Beaufort-Delta and Sahtu regions. For the last 13 years she’s worked as the community dietitian for Yellowknife region, providing services to residents in Yellowknife, N’Dilo, Dettah Fort Resolution and Lutsel K’e.
“I absolutely love living and working in the north!” She goes on to explain that throughout her extensive career in the NWT, she has had many wonderful experiences.
“One of my favourites was when I participated on a team who held a series of healthy eating events throughout the Beaufort Delta in 2007 and 2008. We travelled to various Beaufort-Delta communities and held community feasts featuring traditional foods cooked by an Indigenous Chef, and provided education on healthy eating. I really treasure the many memories I have from visiting different communities and getting to know people throughout the North”
Audra is one of more than 15 registered dietitians working in the NWT health system. Talk to your healthcare provider today about visiting a local dietitian, or click to learn more about food and nutrition services in the NWT.