There are many exciting things happening in the world of Whitty Nutrition including one event that recently occurred. If you follow Whitty Nutrition on any of our social media outlets (facebook, twitter, instagram) I imagine you would have seen some of the promotion for the event I'm referring to. The first bi-annual Food, Health, and Wellness Symposium that took place this past week was put on by my new friend and mentor Phyllis Reid-Jarvis of Ultimate Potentials in Winnipeg, MB (check out her bio and the link to her website under the Collaborations section of my website by clicking HERE).
The intention was to help promote businesses in and around Winnipeg that are working to improve the health of individuals and the community as a whole. We had a room set-up in the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg where there were several booths set-up offering free samples and information. Everyone from Chicken Farmers of Manitoba, to Canola Growers, to Shaklee, to Flex Fitness, and more were in attendance. We also had 2 wonderful guest speakers; Susan Watson of 'A Little Nutrition' and Dr. Christina Lengyel, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
I have been fortunate enough to work with both of these wonderful women in the past. I actually volunteered for Susan Watson's private practice when I was a nutrition student and definitely credit my acceptance into my chosen internship program and part of my passion for private practice to working directly with her. It was sort of a surreal moment for me to be advertising my business directly across from hers and to be in the same room, now as a fully registered dietitian and no longer a student! She had with her some new student volunteers and I even got a chance to chat with some of them and share my experiences which was a total treat! As a nutrition student, I also worked part-time as a research assistant for a masters candidate whose research was overseen by Dr. Christina Lengyel. She has quite an impressive resume and is a well-loved professor at the University of Manitoba. It was really fun seeing her again as well! Great presentations ladies!
The day consisted mostly of networking, presentations, and definitely a lot of laughter. Special shout out to my sister who was able to come and help me set-up, take some pics, and go on a lunch run for me! If you ever want a break from teaching, I sure could use you as a personal assistant (not sure I can afford you though ;). Also a shout out to Anna, one of my student volunteers for showing up with a smile and hanging out for part of the afternoon! I hope we can do more events together in the future! Finally, thanks to my wonderful friend Katrina and my mother-in-law for stopping by to say hi!
I feel like the hard work that went into putting together the Whitty Nutrition booth this past month was not in vain. It came together quite nicely and I hope to use it for some future events. Manitoba Harvest was generous enough to donate tons of free hemp heart samples to give away and I also spent an evening pushing my new food processor to the limit making 3 types of energy bites including a Lemon Coconut Bite, a Sweet Black Bean Energy Bite, and the premiere of the first 'Whit's Two Bits' recipe which was an Oat-y Chocolate Chip Bite. They were definitely a hit and my husband and I have really been enjoying the leftovers!
As the first symposium of it's kind, I would definitely consider it a success and I am looking forward to being a part of the next one this fall! Be sure to follow Whitty Nutrition on facebook, instagram, and twitter and check the blog regularly for updates on future events! If you are a business that is looking for a dietitian for your next event, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Check out the slideshow below for some candid pics of the symposium and to see a glimpse of the Whitty Nutrition booth! Thanks to all that attended and for everyone who worked so hard to make the event possible!