Dietitian Services & Programs

Working with a dietitian is the best way to get personal advice about food and lifestyle choices that can affect your health. They will help you identify eating habits and patterns, answer any questions about food or nutrient needs, and give you knowledge and skills to help you reach your health goals. 

There are Registered Dietitians in every region of the Northwest Territories.  To contact the Dietitian working in your region, you can ask your local Health Centre or use this email address healthpromotion@gov.nt.ca.
 

Are you Ready? Weight Management Program

The Are You Ready? program is a free, two-part virtual class, facilitated by Registered Dietitians, aimed at helping you find your own best way to manage your weight while enjoying a healthy lifestyle.  Topics include:

  • Understanding why it is hard to lose weight
  • Having a healthy relationship with food
  • Healthy eating (balanced meals, eating out, snacks, beverages)
  • Mindful eating
  • Physical activity
  • Planning and preparing meals
  • Stress and sleep

How to Register? 

  • All NWT adults who have internet access are welcome to attend.
  • Contact:  healthpromotion@gov.nt.ca
  • Include your full name, the community you live in, and which set of classes you are interested in. 

Dates: 

  • January 11th and 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm
  • March 8th and 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm
  • May 10th and 17th from 6:30-8:30 pm

What to expect: 

  • The Are You Ready? class covers more than just the foods you eat. It explores factors that influence your choices and habits.
  • Weight management can be a frustrating and difficult process, but NWT dietitians are here to help you, wherever you are at.  Let’s get back to the basics of healthy eating!
  • Attendees will receive mail delivery of a “healthy eating kit” to help on your health journey.

Sponsored by NTHSSA, in partnership with HRHSSA, and the DHSS
 

Craving Change® Workshop

The Craving Change® program is a free, four-part virtual class, facilitated by Registered Dietitians.
This program is for people who struggle with their eating habits. The practical, skill-based approach will help you:

  • Understand why you eat the way you do.
  • Learn how your eating decisions are influenced by your environment, your body and what you learned while growing up.
  • Become more aware of your problematic eating triggers.
  • Use 16 ‘change and maintain’ strategies and resources to change your eating for good.
  • Have a healthier relationship with food!

How to Register? 

  • All NWT adults who have internet access are welcome to attend.
  • Contact:  healthpromotion@gov.nt.ca 
  • Include your full name, phone number, and the community you live in.

Dates: 

  • Contact healthpromotion@gov.nt.ca for the next class dates.
  • What to expect: 
  • This is a virtual workshop delivered on Zoom over the course of 4 weeks. 
  • Each class is 2 hours

Due to the nature of this course and the practical application of learned strategies, we encourage those who register to commit to attending all four sessions.

 

Resources

Health and Social Services:

Menus and Meal Plans 

  • unlockfood.ca - Extensive website developed by Dietitians of Canada. Topics include menu planning, recipes, goal setting for weight management. 
  • eatingwell.com -U.S. website that includes weight loss information, menu plans, and recipe sections for various types of diets. Overall focus on clean eating, defined as vegetables and fruits, whole grains, emphasizing plant proteins, and limiting sugar and highly processed foods. 
  • cookspiration.com – Created by Dietitians of Canada specifically for meal planning. Free app for ipad, iphone and android. 
  • paprikaapp.com - Paprika Recipe Manager 3 is a meal planning app – not free. It automates your meal planning, cooking, and recipe management all in one app. Can save recipes from anywhere on the web. 
  • epicure.com - Epicure is a business that supplies premade spice mixes and seasoning packages to help make quicker meals. They also have example grocery lists to go along with meal plan ideas.

Recipes 

  • food-guide.canada.ca - Easy to make recipes from Health Canada. 
  • pulses.org - Canadian pulses (chickpeas, lentils, dry peas and beans) are some of the most versatile foods on the planet. Enjoy these recipes that make adding pulses to your diet simple and delicious. 
  • ontariobeans.on.ca - Free cookbooks to download.  
  • mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle 
  • The DASH diet has been proved to reduce blood pressure, which can help you live a longer and healthier life. Try these delicious recipes. 
  • eggs.ca - Eggs are not just for breakfast. Good low-cost recipes. 
  • heartandstroke.ca - Recipes for just one or two people. 
  • gobarley.com - From the Barley Council of Canada.  
  • wholegrainscouncil.org - U.S website. Recipes for a variety of wholegrains. 
  • allrecipes.com - Easy to make recipes from home cooks. 

Other Great Resources 

  • flipp.com -  A free app that identifies flyers in your local area and helps you to make shopping lists and look for specific items on sale at flyers in your area. Works great in Yellowknife. 
  • sarahremmer.com- for family friendly recipes and tips on feeding kids.