Dietetics as a vehicle for social justice

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This session will explore how intersections of privilege and power affect daily dietetic practice and approaches to social and health inequities. Tanya L’Heureux and Jennifer Brady will draw upon social theories to allow you to examine and reflect upon social positioning, including what privilege looks like, sounds like, feels like, and does; the sociocultural and institutional systems that (re)create one’s positioning, and the opportunities one’s social positioning provides. They will introduce critical questions surrounding inequities, complicity, and paradoxes within dietetics, and give public health and clinical practitioners tools and strategies to promote more socially-just practice.


After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • identify theories of embodiment
  • understand social justice frameworks and their implications for dietetic practice.

Host: Household Food Insecurity Network


  • Jennifer Brady, PhD, PDt is a Registered Dietitian and Assistant Professor in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her work draws on mixed methods and critical and feminist theory to explore the roles that dietitians and other health professionals should and could play in advancing health equity and social justice.

  • Tanya L’Heureux, PhD(c) RD has a passion for asking critical questions and sitting in tensions as she lives and learns through her life as a dietitian heARTist, mom, quirky military spouse, and PhD student. She has worked as a clinical or public health dietitian since 2005 and completed her distance, self-directed Master’s of Adult Education degree in 2018. Through her PhD, she hopes to use storytelling and visual arts-based methods to examine what helps and hinders Canadian dietitians attune to, resist, and challenge forms of oppression, debilitation, and suffering within their everyday practice.

Date of Presentation: June 18, 2020, Virtual National Conference


  • Video presentation (1 hour and 20 min) with the presentation slides (pdf)
  • Audio file (mp3)

Cost: Free for members; $14.95 for non-members; Free for students


Last Updated: July 22, 2021

Type: Learning on Demand


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