Ask a Dietitian: Supporting Educator Nutrition and Well-being

Un récapitulatif de ce webinaire est disponible sur notre blogue.

Health promotion for educators has a positive impact on overall well-being. H&PE can play a key role in shaping our students’ views about healthy and active living, but it is equally important to practice self-care and stay up to date on our own health education. Self-care ensures that we have what we need to thrive as an educator, and in our other roles as well (as a friend, family member, parent, etc.). This is some ‘food for thought’! Do you have questions related to food and nutrition for yourself? How can food be part of supporting your own well-being? And how can you be the best role model for your students? Ask a dietitian! This hour-long session is an open Q-and-A format with a dietitian, to educate and bring awareness to the importance of nutrition for ourselves.

The session will focus on:

  • Examining how, why, where and what we eat, grounded in Canada’s Food Guide
  • Exploring nutrition myths and facts
  • Answering YOUR questions about food trends, diets, eating habits, grocery shopping, cooking and preparing meals
  • Discussing strategies around supporting educator well-being with a focus on healthy eating and nutrition

Questions can be submitted within registration. We can answer general nutrition and food questions (i.e. Should everyone take a multivitamin? Which diet is the best?), but can’t answer personal medical questions.

Although the live session will be in English only. We invite participants to submit questions they have as part of the registration in English and/or French. The recap blog on the session will also be made available in English and French.


Andrea Haefele is a Health & Physical Education teacher in the York Region District School Board. She is also an Ophea Ambassador and an Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Educators (OASPHE) member. Andrea has been part of many regional and provincial initiatives that support the Health & Physical Education curriculum, Healthy Schools, and also Daily Physical Activity. She is a strong advocate for quality H&PE programming for all students of all abilities. Andrea uses “she, her, hers” pronouns, and asks others to use these pronouns in reference to her. Andrea will be the moderator for this session.

Cara Rosenbloom RD is a Toronto-based dietitian with 20 years of experience. She began her career as a dietitian at The Hospital for Sick Children, and started her own nutrition communications company, Words to Eat By, in 2007. She’s a professional public speaker; nutrition writer with the Washington Post; and co-author of Food to Grow On: The Ultimate Guide to Childhood Nutrition--From Pregnancy to Packed Lunches (Random House 2021), She’s also raising her own healthy eaters with her husband, Scott; her daughter is 13 and her son is 9.  

Note: The original webinar date was December 9, 2020.

A recap blog post is available for this webinar (in English and French).