Public Health Nutrition

Public Health Dietitians work to promote healthy growth and development in children & youth, and optimal physical and mental health across the lifespan by promoting and supporting food/nutrition security, food literacy, and a positive relationship with food and eating. We advocate for equity in communities' ability to access nourishing food. Our services are offered at no cost.

Who do Public Health Dietitians work with?
  • Community agencies (family/child/youth-serving agencies)
  • Community groups (parent groups)
  • Community networks (health networks, early years tables)
  • Food security hubs
  • Governments 
  • Health professionals (Island Health & non-Island Health)
  • Post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities)
  • Schools & school districts.
How can Public Health Dietitians support you?
  • Support around food/nutrition programming (activities, curriculum development, evaluation)
  • Provide advocacy and knowledge translation around food/nutrition 
  • Be a guest speaker for groups (early years nutrition, food & mood, food & diet myth vs fact)
  • Participate in community events 
  • Support grant applications
  • Promote healthy public policy & environments around food & nutrition 
  • Provide staff/volunteer professional development & training.

Recommended Resources

Dietitian Access & Referrals
Babies & Young Children
Children Age 5-18 Years
Body Image
Eating Disorders
Feeding Relationship & Eating Together
Food Allergies
Food Safety
Food Security
Meal and Snack Ideas
Pregnancy/Perinatal
Vitamins & Minerals
Reliable Nutrition Information

General Information on Public Health Nutrition

Referral Required?
Not required
Contact Us

North Island: Comox Valley, Strathcona, Mount Waddington
Taylor Hartwig 
taylor.hartwig@islandhealth.ca
250-702-7503

Oceanside, Alberni Valley, West Coast 
Kaley Ruel
kaley.ruel@islandhealth.ca
250-730-0621

Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Gabriola Island
Laura Dias  
laura.correiadias@islandhealth.ca
250-589-7940

Cowichan Valley, Saanich Peninsula, Gulf Islands
Janet Krenz
janet.krenz@islandhealth.ca
250-709-3050

Greater Victoria 
Nadine Bartels
nadine.bartels@islandhealth.ca
250-516-1246

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