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Nutrition

Andrea Ryan, RD, CDE

Andrea RyanAndrea Ryan is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.  She was born and raised in Quebec and received her degree from McGill University, Montreal.  Andrea comes to us with 15 years of experience in Dietetics having worked in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario.  She has specialized in chronic illness and lifestyle diseases such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol.

Andrea has a unique understanding of traditional ethnic diets and food preparation techniques.  She has a passion for quick and healthy cooking and believes that good nutrition can prevent or delay the progression of many chronic diseases.  Andrea has worked extensively with children to teach them the healthy habits that will help them to grow into healthy adults. 

Her workshops are informative, fun and interactive.  If you need a complete nutritional assessment or have specialized, complex needs, Andrea is also available for individual counseling sessions.  


Nutritional Counselling

Start making the healthy choice today!  Pickering Recreation Complex offers personalized programs, workshops and one-on-one counselling to meet your nutritional needs.

Some health plans will cover the cost of nutritional counselling; call your provider to see if you are covered.

Rates (15% discount for members)
$85 initial 1-hour consultation (assessment, goals & action plan)
$40 follow-up appointments

Contact us for more information or to book your consultation with our Dietician.

Upcoming Nutrition Workshops

Registration for these programs begins March 13, 2014.  You can register online, or by mail, fax, phone or in person at Pickering Recreation Complex.  For registration information call 905.420.4621 or email registration@pickering.ca.

Come as You Are

A Registered Dietitian will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight rather than focusing on calorie counting and the scale.  This program will improve your self-esteem and body image and teach you to cultivate a healthy relationship with food.  This program includes the five workshops below and ends with a party for you to celebrate your successes!

Date: Tuesday, April 8 - June 3
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Barcode: 75552
Price: $424

Meal Planning for Me

If your New Year's resolution is to improve your diet, making a meal plan is the first step in achieving your goals.  Andrea Ryan, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator will teach you to customize a meal plan to your tastes, lifestyle, cooking abilities and health goals.

Date: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Barcode: 75553
Price: $22.60

Looking Great at Any Size and Shape

You don't have to wait to feel good about yourself.  You can be beautiful at any size and shape.  This workshop will teach you to identify your body shape and choose clothes that flatter and compliment your curves.  The workshop is lead by a Registered Dietitian with special guest Stylist from The Bay.  Participants will be entered into a draw to win a gift card from The Bay!

Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Barcode: 75554
Price: $22.60

Shop Healthy Supermarket Tour

Tour a local grocery store with a Registered Dietitian to learn how to make healthy choices for your family.  She will provide tips to simplify label reading.  Customize your shopping list to your health conditions: diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and allergies.  Learn to eat healthy on a tight budget.

Date: Tuesday, May 6
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Barcode: 75555
Price: $22.60 

Everyone Can Cook

If you are tight on time and money, a Registered Dietitian will teach you to prepare a healthy meal for 4 in less than 30 minutes.  No experience is necessary.  Come hungry because participants will eat the meal they prepare!

Date: Tuesday, May 13
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Barcode: 75556
Price: $22.60

Food is Medicine

Many lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity can be managed with a healthy diet.  Andrea Ryan, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator will teach you to use a balanced diet to reduce your dependence on medication.

Date: Tuesday, May 27
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Barcode: 75557
Price: $22.60


We Can Cook Together

Kids and their parents can have fun preparing a healthy school-night meal in 30 minutes or less.  Picky eaters are more likely to eat food that they prepare themselves.  Parents who teach their kids healthy eating habits now can help them to grow into healthy adults.  Come hungry because participants will eat the meal that they prepare together.

Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Barcode: 74016
Price: $22.60

Simply Delicious

Healthy cooking does not have to be complicated or expensive.  Clients with intellectual and cognitive challenges will come together in a safe environment to prepare a healthy meal together.  No prior experience necessary.  Caregivers and support persons welcome (additional fees may apply).  Come hungry because participants will eat the meal that they prepare together.

Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Barcode: 74026
Price: $22.60

Table for One

Cooking can be a real chore when you are on your own.  A Registered Dietitian will teach you how to prepare a delicious meal portioned for a single person in 30 minutes or less.  Participants will eat the meal that they prepare together.

Date: Wednesday, May 21
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Barcode: 75560
Price: $22.60

Gluten Free Diet

The Solution or the Scapegoat? A Registered Dietitian will explore the popular Gluten Free diet trend and help you to separate fact from fiction.  Gluten-free meal planning and recipes included.

Date: Wednesday, May 28
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Barcode: 75559
Price: $22.60