PSP Society of Canada Announces Recipe Program
Group partners with Canadian Dietitian & dysphagia expert to offer regular easy to swallow recipes for patients
Kingston, ON – Monday June 3rd, 2020 – Today, The PSP Society of Canada announced their Recipe Program aimed at providing expert recommended recipes for patients with conditions affecting swallowing such as PSP, MSA and CBD.
In partnership with Toronto based Dietitian and dysphagia specialist Christine Francis (RD, DDEPT, BScFN) , the group will push content across their social media platforms including the PSP Society of Canada YouTube Channel.
“We are delighted to have Christine on board to guide us in this new initiative,” said PSP Society of Canada Vice President Stéphane Hetherington. “We know that this type of resource will help us improve the lives of patients in our network”
Christine is a Registered Dietitian in good standing with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and is committed to providing evidence-based nutritional information to those she provides care for. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition with a Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics at Brescia University College (an affiliate of Western University), where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour Roll. While studying at Brescia, she was invited to attend the Student Leadership Recognition Event for three consecutive years, where she was acknowledged for her meaningful impacts. Christine continued her education by becoming a distinction graduate of the Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training program also offered at Brescia University College, which consisted of a rigorous, accredited dietetic practicum program at several organizations.
Christine is currently an active member of Dietitians of Canada, including the Gerontology Network and the Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Network. She continues to further her education by completing online courses and tuning into webinars, specifically aimed at those involved with caring for individuals with dysphagia.
Christine focuses primarily on working with residents in a long-term care environment managed by Extendicare Inc., where she is the sole Registered Dietitian for a 200-bed facility. She is able to improve residents’ experience and quality of life by ensuring that their rights and safety are met through nutrition and hydration. Alongside her interdisciplinary team, Christine successfully implemented the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) to ensure the safety of residents with dysphagia.
In addition, Christine runs her own private practice, entitled Christine the RD, where she works collaboratively with clients in the Greater Toronto Area to accomplish desired goals. She aims to assist those she works with to meet their long-term health goals by translating the science of nutrition into realistic, practical, and understandable recommendations. Christine’s social media presence allows her to demonstrate her knowledge of nutrition and health by educating the general public and demystifying misinformation. She is passionate about her work, and espouses a philosophy based on a lemon. She says that “Small lifestyle changes can create impactful results, similar to a small squeeze from a lemon which packs a lot of flavour.”
The PSP Society of Canada serves patients and families dealing with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and related diseases such as Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) and Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD). For more information please visit. www.pspsocietycanada.ca