Feed your passion for food and cooking while pursuing a career in the healthcare sector

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					     Feed your passion for food and cooking while
      pursuing a career in the healthcare sector
The aging population calls for an increase in clinical nutrition needs. Other
social trends involve healthy-eating and prominent diseases like obesity,
leading to public’s concern with watching their food intake and monitoring
their healthy living. There are consultations available for interested folks who
want to improve their diet and nutritional intake. Therefore, food and
nutrition management is increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives and
is expected to host a number of new job openings. Embark on a journey in
the healthcare sector with a flair for cooking.

The School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College holds the
longest established two-year food and nutrition program in Ontario. Kendra
Allen, full-time faculty of the Food and Nutrition Management (1607)
program, states that the program is not hospitality-focused but is involved in
foodservice operations. She says, “Although our students do not focus on
culinary or hospitality, (the Food and Nutrition Management program) does
give them an opportunity to learn about large-quantity-cooking, as well as
menu planning and recipe development, so they are able to run a good
service department.” She also mentioned that students learn the foundations
in finance and business with a distinct focus on nutrition. Many graduates
work on menu planning and therapeutic diets to ensure patients have
optimal healthcare.

The food service program is a mixture of classes and hands-on work, which
provides hands-on experience for the undergraduates. Students wear
industry professional attire at their on-campus training at Centennial’s
modern lab facilities and at their field placements in a real-job setting in the
healthcare and food and nutrition sectors. The courses learned includes a
medical portion where students study different diseases and relates this with
food and nutrition. Students are tasked with creating food and nutrition
plans to assist with the clients’ illnesses and as a way of preventative
measures to candidates of the diseases.

Graduates can start their career as food and nutrition managers with various
occupational titles including the following: Food Service Coordinator, Diet
Technician, Cook (nutrition and dietetics), Clinical Nutritionist, Diet and
Menu Technician, and Nutrition Coordinator. These healthcare professionals
can work at different industries and work settings at educational institutions,
government posts, community centres, food service and catering companies,
fitness centres, hospitals, research centres, long-term care facilities, and
home care. They can expect to be responsible for the following tasks:
     Develop, administer, and monitor nutrition and food preparation
     Assess, develop, implement, and evaluate weight management
     Monitor and report client’s diet and nutritional data
     Assist clinical dieticians in providing nutritional care
     Organize menu selection and enhance diet through menu corrections
     Calculate client’s energy intake
     Document client’s tolerance and eating habits, for food and
     Conduct research and analyze scientific nutritional studies to better
      prepare food programs
     Participate in food services taste panels

Many Centennial graduates were hired by industry-leading organizations
including the University Health Network, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre,
Toronto East General Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Rivera, Providence
Healthcare Centre, Compass, and Aramark. The Food and Nutrition
Management program at Centennial College is influenced by industry
practice and standards to which it teaches its students about important and
relevant knowledge and skills that are required in the workplace.

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